Magazine article Variety

Leone Film Group Timeline

Magazine article Variety

Leone Film Group Timeline

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Ф Sergio Leone worked for years on the sets of Italian films and films shot by U.S. auteurs in Italy before moving onto sword-andsandals epics like 1961's "The Colossus of Rhodes," his directorial debut. He is best-known for Spaghetti Westerns such as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "A Fistful of Dollars" and "For a Few Dollars More," which made Clint Eastwood a huge movie star.

1989 - Sergio Leone sets up a company to help make "Leningrad," his long-gestating dream project. But he dies before he can get started and during the ensuing years two of his three children, Raffaella, then 27, and Andrea, 21, go into business selling TV movies as Leone Film Group after cutting their teeth managing two Westerns they inherited from their father: 50% of rights to "Once Upon a Time in The West" and "Duck, You Sucker!" Silvio Berlusconi's Mediaset TV owned the other 50%, which helps them "understand the value that movies had on the platforms that existed then," says Andrea.

2001 - After a decade during which they forged relationships with U.S. indies and supplied product to most Italian broadcasters, accumulating a substantial library, Raffaella and Andrea take the plunge into theatrical with Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic." They also start broadening their market activity from TV to additional platforms, including pay-TV and homevideo.

2009 - LFG moves into local production with timely youth comedy "The 1,000 Euros Generation."

2012 - LFG signs its first multiyear output deal for theatrical with DreamWorks (Amblin/Storyteller). …

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