Magazine article Screen International

Top Italian Producer: We're Switching Focus from Film to TV

Magazine article Screen International

Top Italian Producer: We're Switching Focus from Film to TV

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Cattleya founder Ricardo Tozzi tells Gabriele Niola why he is repositioning his company.

For a film producer, Ricardo Tozzi is remarkably relaxed about not making any actual films this year.

Cattleya, the company he founded 20 years ago, is one of Italy's most profitable production houses, according to the country's influential trade magazine Box Office.

A larger-than-ever slice of those profits now comes from the company's TV production activities, particularly the international hits Romanzo Criminale and Gomorrah, which are both TV spin-offs from breakout Italian crime films.

Now, Cattleya is poised to start shooting Netflix series Suburra, the first original Italian-language series to be commissioned by the pay-TV giant. The omens are good: it's a crime saga that began life as a film.

"In Italy, TV series are strongly linked with movies," Tozzi explains. "There is a creative synergy between the two. We shoot TV series as if they were films, not in studios but outside, with cinematic lenses and film language. We value the director, and we see cinema as a lab where experimentation takes place."

Cattleya's most recent features have been modest successes.

Earlier this year, Alessandro Siani's comedy Mister Felicita (literally 'Mr Happiness') grossed $10. …

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