D’Amico to head RAI Cinema

Scaglia becomes president

ROME — RAI Cinema has a trio of new head honchos heading for its executive suites, led by Caterina D’Amico, a dean of Italy’s national film school, appointed to the main operative post at pubcaster RAI’s powerful film arm.

D’Amico, 58, academic topper at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, hails from a long line of local screenwriters — her mother, Suso Cecchi D’Amico, penned scripts for several Italo cinema classics. D’Amico takes the RAI Cinema reins from Giancarlo Leone, now deputy general director at the pubcaster.

Longtime RAI exec Franco Scaglia, most recently at RAI International, has been appointed RAI Cinema prexy.

Paolo Del Brocco, the company’s former chief financial officer, has now been upped to RAI Cinema general director, in another in-house appointment at the film unit by the pubcaster’s board.

The three new RAI Cinema execs fill a longstanding power void within the top ranks of what is one of Italy’s main film financing sources. RAI Cinema is also highly active in distribution with a 10% market share. Leone had been running the unit, wearing two hats, ever since Carlo Macchitella stepped down last year as number two in the wake of a corruption investigation.

RAI Cinema’s year-long impasse stemmed from squabbling among RAI’s politically appointed board members, which in January derailed the planned appointment of former Venice topper Alberto Barbera at RAI Cinema’s helm. Infighting is actually still hampering the board’s decision-making capability and could cause these appointments to be voided, since they still need to get over a final bureaucratic hurdle. But this is not considered likely.

Projects in RAI Cinema’s pipeline include new works by hot Italo auteurs Gabriele Salvatores, Marco Tullio Giordana and Mario Martone. Roman Polanski’s “Pompeii” epic is among recent high-profile pickups.

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