Raffaella Leone
Courtesy of Leone Film Group
Italy
2019

Leone Film Group

Raffaella
Leone

Co-Owner / CEO

Up until 2012, Leone had mainly been distributing movies for TV, but a few years ago, as top Italian distributors Medusa and Rai Cinema started focusing more on TV dramas and local movies, she stepped into the theatrical-distribution gap. A deal with DreamWorks was inked, followed by a multiyear agreement with Lionsgate. In February 2019 they inked a major deal with Amazon Prime Video to sell them exclusive Italian pay-TV rights to all local releases for the next 30 months. Now Leone Film Group is growing its production side with English-language Western “Colt,” based on a Sergio Leone concept being directed by Stefano Sollima and high-end series such as Paris-set noir “Les Italiens,” penned by star Italian writer Barbara Petronio appointed as the company’s head of drama.

 

Career

  • TRAFFIC
  • PERFECT STRANGERS
  • IMMATURI: LA SERIE

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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International Exec You Should Know: Leone Film Group's Raffaella Leone

International Exec You Should Know: Leone Film Group's Raffaella Leone

In January, when Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” launched in Italy at a special venue at Rome’s Cinecitta Studios equipped with a 70mm projector, Raffaella Leone had reason to be particularly proud.Leone Film Group, the company founded in 1989 by spaghetti Western master Sergio Leone and now run by his children, Raffaella and Andrea, is the Italian co-distributor of the film, shot in Ultra Panavision. “It has a special meaning for us,” she says. “It takes us back to our...

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