Riccardo Tozzi
Italy
2018

Cattleya

Riccardo
Tozzi

Founder

Tozzi is in charge of production at Cattleya, the film and TV company in which Britain’s ITV now holds a controlling stake. His two partners, Marco Chimenz and Giovanni Stabilini, handle the international and financial sides, respectively. All three execs previously worked at Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset, where Tozzi set up and headed the TV-drama production unit. Since launching Cattleya, Tozzi has churned out a new breed of Italian movies that recaptured local audiences, including the crucial local teen demographic. More recently, he has focused on TV, stepping up the company’s output of high-end series such as gritty mob miniseries “Gomorrah,” Italy’s most widely exported TV show, and Netflix’s first Italian original, “Suburra,” now in its second season.

Career

  • Mediaset
  • Cattleya
  • ANICA

Education

  • Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Producers to Watch
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MIP: Italian TV Exec Tozzi Talks Netflix and How to Reach Global Audiences

MIP: Italian TV Exec Tozzi Talks Netflix and How to Reach Global Audiences

U.K.-based ITV Studios recently bought a majority stake in top Italian production shingle Cattleya, which made “Gomorrah” for Sky and “Suburra” for Netflix. The deal marked the biggest foreign acquisition in the Italian media sphere in recent memory. Cattleya founding partner Riccardo Tozzi spoke exclusively to Variety about the vision behind the company’s increasingly international scope, what he thinks is driving the success of Italian TV dramas in the global marketplace and the next necessary steps.What prompted the Cattleya sale to ITV...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“It's simple and effective: "when in doubt, go big"”

What or who inspires you?

“The pleasure of storytelling always drives me.”

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