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Mario Gianani: Offside but no penalty for producer

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Mario Gianani’s slate as a producer spans from auteur Saverio Costanzo’s arthouse hit “Private” to commercial comedy master Fausto Brizzi’s upcoming “Sex in 3D.”

Nobody else has that kind of range, at least not in Italy.

Gianani, who before turning to producing was studying to become a diplomat, started as factotum for prominent Italo TV producer Pietro Valsecchi. He then segued to Mediaset as right-hand man to its then-head of drama Roberto Pace.

To make “Private,” an Israel-Palestine conflict thriller in Arabic, Hebrew and English, he and Costanzo each put up their mother’s houses as collateral after Italo subsidy doors were shut.

Pic won the Locarno fest’s Golden Pard in 2004 and went on to sell to 40 countries. “Paradoxically, it’s still the movie with which I’ve made the most money,” he says.

Since then, his Rome-based outfit, Offside, has make more of a name for itself with Marco Bellocchio’s “Vincere,” the Italo auteur’s biggest hit ever, and has gone on to shepherd Costanzo’s “The Solitude of Prime Numbers,” which went to Venice and Toronto this year and scored a raft of sales.

Gianani recently joined forces with Brizzi and TV producer Lorenzo Mieli, head of Italo TV shingle Wilder, to create Wildside, Italy’s first bona-fide film and TV outfit. Wildside’s first TV project is to exec produce BBC and Fox’s mega-TV series “The Medici,” set up at the BBC and Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine.

VITAL STATS
Age: 40
Provenance: Rome
Inspired by: “I learned everything from Pietro Valsecchi for whom I’ve done everything, including being his driver.”
Web: offsidefilm.it

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