Jim Belushi will be feted by the Rome Fiction Fest, dedicated to scripted TV content, where a slew of U.S. shows will have their international preems, including Sony’s “Pan Am,” Fox’s “Terra Nova” and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Revenge” and its “Charlie’s Angels” reboot.
Belushi, who will receive the fest’s lifetime achievement award, is among several industryites holding master classes at this week’s six-day event.
Others include producers Grant Scharbo and Gina Matthews, who will talk about making ABC’s “Mission,” although the show — about an ex-CIA agent trying to rescue her kidnapped son — isn’t screening.
Producer Tom Fontana will discuss the challenges of producing his period drama, “Borgia.” The big-budget European co-production, commissioned by Gaul’s Canal Plus, will screen at the event.
The fifth edition of the recently reconfigured fest is organized by Italy’s TV producers’ association APT. Cost-cutting forced topper Steve Della Casa to scale down the scope of the fest, doing away with most competitive sections.
Italian shows are, as always, a strong component, with preems including Mediaset’s neo-gothic thriller “Viso d’angelo,” pubcaster RAI’s “Tutti pazzi per amore 3” and a preview of satcaster Sky Italia’s TV movie “Un Natale per due.”
Tribute will be paid to Chilean helmer Raul Ruiz, who died in August, with screenings of his masterpiece “The Mysteries of Lisbon,” produced by Paulo Branco. Former Granada USA and Sony TV Europe production topper Antony Root remains in charge of fest’s budding industry side. Execs expected to attend include Bavaria Films production topper Philipp Kreuzer, BBC Worldwide exec producer of international drama Ben Donald, 3 Arts Entertainment managing director Carrie Stein and producer Anne Thomopoulos of Trio Lunch.