The seventh annual edition of the Variety500 has just been published, a highly comprehensive index honouring the top 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global media industry.
For a third consecutive year, Lux Vide CEO Luca Bernabei has been included recognising his and the companies great accomplishments over the past 12 months, where he proudly shares his place in the esteemed company of Fremantle Group CEO, Jennifer Mullin, and Andrea Scrosati, Fremantle Group COO, and CEO Continental Europe, and President of Lux Vide.
Under his leadership, Bernabei has turned the “Medici” and “Devils” producer into an Italian production and development powerhouse.
With over 1,300 hours of prime-time fiction to its name, Fremantle-owned Lux Vide continues to rank as Italian broadcaster Rai’s top scripted provider, and has deals with Netflix, Sky, and Amazon Prime Video for upcoming premium drama series “Costiera” creating a highly innovative new rights-sharing business model in the process.
In April, FOX gave a straight-to-series order for medical procedural drama “Doc”, a U.S. adaptation of the hugely popular Lux Vide series “Doc. Nelle tue mani” which debuted on Rai1 in 2020 and became its most-watched series premiere in 13 years. Despite the challenging time for the TV and film industry, the last 12 months have been a relatively strong and stable period for the Italian prod-co: a testament to Bernabei’s strategic decision to restructure the business to oversee the entire production and distribution chain, managing all productions in house.
Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, Lux Vide opened its fifth studio this summer making it one of the largest, most sustainable, and technologically advanced production spaces in Europe with over 5,000 m2 of set space, with confirmed plans to expand this studio space outside Rome to seven soundstages and post-production facility.
Last year Bernabei sold a 70% stake to content powerhouse Fremantle, confirming his long-term international vision to grow and expand Lux Vide's creativity and world class storytelling faster and further than ever before.
Bernabei took over in 2013 as CEO of the company founded in 1992 by Father Ettore, a former director general of Rai.