My Screen Life: Sky Italia’s Nicola Maccanico on His Love of ‘Lethal Weapon’ and Favourite Festival

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My Screen Life: Sky Italia’s Nicola Maccanico on His Love of ‘Lethal Weapon’ and Favourite Festival


Maccanico, Nicola, Screen International


The Sky Italia executive reveals how he kickstarts his day, and the director and actor he believes would make his life story zing.

As the executive vice president of programming at Sky Italia, Nicola Maccanico is one of Italy’s leading content commissioners. He is also CEO of Vision Distribution, the company created in 2016 by Sky Italia with five production outlets: Cattleya, Indigo, Lucisano Media Group, Palomar and Wildside. His new role at Sky Italia marks Maccanico’s return to the company where he started his career as European affairs manager in 2003. He then moved to Warner Bros Entertainment Italia as marketing director in 2004, where he became managing director in 2009.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive in the office each day?

Every day is different; getting to the office is not the routine it used to be. The day starts at home during breakfast, having a look at the box office and then closing the previous day by looking at all the unread mail. In the office there’s always an appointment or meeting. This way I can have a fresh start for the day before getting there.

Who helped you most when you were starting out?

Paolo Ferrari, who was the president at Warner Italia when I arrived in 2004 and remained so until 2011. I was lucky because that was a point in his life in which he was willing to pass all of his knowledge to someone else. He was a very well-established manager and hired me for Warner as marketing director. Most of what I know I learned from him.

What is your favourite film festival to attend?

It must be Venice. I think it’s a national treasure and something to be proud of as an Italian. For the last five years it has been more important than Cannes from a programming point of view. It’s an international event with all of the limitations of the Lido but still it has a worldwide impact and it’s a great place to be.

What was your favourite film growing up?

I was a fan of Lethal Weapon, particularly the first two movies. I still hold those in my heart. Before that it was Star Wars. …

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