Riccardo Tozzi
Italy
2019

Cattleya

Riccardo
Tozzi

Founder

Tozzi heads up film and TV company Cattleya, of which Britain’s ITV Studios bought a controlling stake in 2017. 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 has churned out a new breed of Italian features that recaptured local audiences, including the crucial local teen demographic. More recently, Tozzi 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.” In 2019, the company went into production on high-end Rome origins epic “Romulus” for Sky.

Career

  • Cattleya
  • ANICA

Education

  • Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Producers to Watch
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"The Immortal," a film prequel to the hit TV series "Gomorrah," is set for release Thursday on 450 screens in Italy in what its distributors are touting as a unique cross-media experiment.Helmed by actor-director Marco D’Amore, who plays ruthless central character Ciro Di Marzio on the gritty mob show, "The Immortal" is not just a standalone prequel film, its producers said in Rome on Monday. Instead, the film's narrative, which crisscrosses in time between Ciro's origins and his current situation,...

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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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