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FilmMaster pacts with Sisti

Exec producer to provide link with Hollywood

Italy’s FilmMaster TV advertising production group has partnered with exec producer Enzo Sisti, known for handling Hollywood movie shoots in Italy, to ramp up its nascent film arm.

Sisti, who in various guises has shepherded local shoots of movies including Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and Anton Corbijn’s “The American,” will become the link between Hollywood and FilmMaster, which aims to expand its budding film side following a recent alliance with Rome’s Cinecitta Studios.

“One of our objectives is to become the most important reference point for foreign productions in Italy,” Sisti said.

In December, Cinecitta holding company Italian Entertainment Group took a 40% stake in FilmMaster, which, in turn, has a 4% slice of the studios.

This January the government renewed Italy’s 25% tax break, capped at $7 million, through June.

A further extension of the incentive, which has helped attract overseas productions, is expected.