Gori to leave Zodiak, Magnolia

Top Italo media exec may enter politics

ROME — Prominent Italo and international TV exec Giorgio Gori has stepped down from his posts as prexy of Zodiak Active, CEO Zodiak South Europe and Latin America, and prexy of Magnolia, the shingle he founded 10 years ago.

Gori in a statement said he “intends to pursue new professional paths outside the media sector,” leading to speculation that the onetime Italo media world wonderboy may be preparing to go into Italian politics at a particularly critical time, with the Silvio Berlusconi government now on the brink of collapse.

“The situation we are experiencing is such that I believe it is no longer time, for those who can afford it, to merely pursue their private interests,” read Gori’s statement.

A former top exec at Berlusconi’s Mediaset, where during the 1990s he rapidly rose through the ranks, Gori has recently become a staunch supporter of young center-left pol Matteo Renzi, who is the current Mayor of Florence, and a rising star on Italy’s turbulent political scene.

His Magnolia, the company that brought “Celebrity Survivor” to Italians, was acquired by Italo multimedia conglom De Agostini in 2007, the same year it purchased Zodiak Entertainment, the global entertainment powerhouse which is now Zodiak Media Group, after its acquisition of RDF USA in 2010.

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