Magazine article Screen International

Negri Defends Cornelius Cinema in Kasander Financial Controversy

Magazine article Screen International

Negri Defends Cornelius Cinema in Kasander Financial Controversy

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Livio Negri, the Italian-based executive producer of Ben Sombogaart's To Be King, has responded to remarks made about financial problems on the production by the film's Dutch producer Kees Kasander [pictured].

Negri's intervention comes amid allegations about the crew not being fully paid for the work done in Italy. (Read original story here.)

"I was the executive producer in charge of the filming in Italy, representing the interest of Mr Kasander and responsible for each Euro spent," Negri stated. "I knew about problems between Kasander film, the Dutch production company on To Be King, and the Italian executive production company, Cornelius Cinema - problems which had started toward the end of filming in Italy (in May 2012.)"

Negri defended Cornelius Cinema and denied that the company had been hiding financial information.

"The Italian company was specially set up (under the instruction of Mr Kasander) for the filming in Italy and it is run by a film accountant. The purpose was to act as an executive production company in Italy and provide the tax credit as per the Italian fiscal law," Negri observed.

He said that an audit of Cornelius Cinema had been commissioned by European Film Bonds and undertaken by an independent accounting firm - and "absolutely nothing irregular had been found. …

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