Magazine article Screen International

Ex-EMI CEO Launches Film Group

Magazine article Screen International

Ex-EMI CEO Launches Film Group

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Former EMI chairman and CEO Eric Luciano Nicoli is teaming with William Lewis, John Stanley and Dean Goldberg to launch finance and production outfit Wentworth Media and Arts in Cannes.

Based in London, the partnership, backed by UK private equity sources aims to produce, develop, distribute and fund films, TV, social media, computer games, CGI animation, theatre, live entertainment and education and publishing, as well as emerging technologies.

The group has taken a stake in newly minted sales company, Filmagine, headed by veteran film financier Beau Rogers and formed in partnership with Morris Ruskin's Shoreline Entertainment.

WMA and Filmagine are jointly developing rom-com The Raven of St. James's Park, written by Ocean Palmer, about a royal coachman and an immigrant waitress. The company plans to back 3-4 features below £10m per year.

On the TV slate, and currently in production, is a six-part TV music documentary series called Time of Our Lives about major concept albums.

Nicoli said: "We believe content, in all forms, is increasing in value around the world. …

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