Deals pump up Seagal-Nasso

Prod'n co. inks distrib pact for eight-pic slate

Seagal-Nasso Prods. has signed a far-reaching co-production and distribution deal for its slate of eight films with a consortium of three Italian distributors and a Scandinavian distributor.

The new Italian distrib consortium comprises Leone Films, Gian Luca Curti’s Gruppo Minerva and RCS Films and TV, which Leone and Minerva acquired after it folded last week.

Scandi distribution and exhibition giant Svensk Filmindustri is the other partner.

According to Seagal-Nasso prexy Philip Goldfine, the foreign partners will contribute to a pool which will then be used for both development and production.

There are strong connections between Seagal-Nasso and Leone. Producing partner Julius Nasso worked as Sergio Leone’s assistant on the helmer’s “Once Upon a Time in America.”

Nasso says that Andrea and Rafaella Leone will exec produce the Seagal-starrer “Genghis Khan,” much of which will be shot in Europe. The Leones’ own production outfit also may collaborate with Seagal-Nasso on certain projects, with the Leones providing the occasional material and projects to Seagal-Nasso.

Per Svensk senior vice president Anders Bergholm, Svensk wants to do more co-financing and co-productions with U.S. outfits. “This deal represents the start of a more aggressive acquisitions policy from our side,” he says.

Seagal-Nasso also has signed a new output deal with Israel’s Noah Films. Seagal-Nasso now has output deals in Israel, Italy, Scandinavia, Germany (Highlight), Taiwan (Spring Cinema) and the Netherlands (Film Fan).

Aside from “Khan,” the company’s upcoming titles include “Blood on the Moon” and “Smash.”

Goldfine and attorney Craig Emanuel, of Tenenbaum, Emanuel & Fleer, repped Seagal-Nasso in the deal.