Italy’s Videa Studios, Where ‘Cinema Paradiso’ Was Shot, Opens To International Productions

This article, written by Nick Vivarelli, appears on Variety.

Italy’s Videa Studios, the facilities near Rome founded in the 1960’s by producer Franco Cristaldi where Italian cinema classics by Luchino Visconti, Francesco Rosi and also Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Cinema Paradiso” were shot, are looking to lure international productions by offering production services plus potential co-production partnerships to indie pictures that could be released in Italy via their Videa distribution side.

Among other titles that Videa will be releasing in Italy are Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic “The Program.”

Videa is owned by Italian TV producer and film distributor Sandro Parenzo.

“Besides owning these studios, we are a distribution company,” says Videa executive Angelica Canevari. “The idea of opening the market to international production stems more from us as film distributors than from our owning the studios,” she added. Read more at Variety.



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