Gaumont is already present in the U.S., the U.K., Germany and France. The expansion will see its new Italian operation focused on Italian-language TV series, including a foray into movies.
Series currently in progress include a murder mystery set within the walls of the Vatican, developed in collaboration with Elsinore Film and written by director Fausto Brizzi (Notte prima degli esami, Ex, Maschi contro femmine, Forever Young) and screenwriter Paola Mammini (Perfetti Sconosciuti; Mio fratello, mia sorella; Tutta colpa di Freud—Il film). The second project is a drama series based on E verrà un altro inverno, the latest book by Massimo Carlotto. It is written by Carlotto together with Claudia De Angelis (La Belva), Giovanni Galassi, Tommaso Matano and Ivano Fachin (Sopravvissuti—Survivors, Curon). There is also an LGBTQIA+ dramedy that marks the debut of young writer Alessandra Maffiolini, who will co-write with the director Paola Randi (La Befana vien di notte II—Le origini, Tito e gli alieni, Luna Nera, Zero).
Marco Rosi joins Gaumont from Lux Vide, where he served as head of international co-productions, contributing to such titles as, Medici, Devils and Leonardo. Prior to Lux Vide, he led the programming efforts of both linear and nonlinear channels at Fox International Channels Italy and Turner Broadcasting Italy groups.
Rosi will lead a dedicated team across development and production and will report directly to Christophe Riandee, vice CEO of Gaumont.
Riandee commented: “We are excited to expand our footprint in Italy and thrilled to become a home for Italian talents. I’ve known Marco for years, and I’ve always praised his good taste, his solid experience and his ability to nurture projects and mentor talents. He is such a great addition to the Gaumont teams around the world.”
Rossi added: “I am honored to join such a prestigious group, which has made and is making the history of cinema and TV. Gaumont has always been a leader in the creation of authentic and innovative content combined with a passion for storytelling which captivates audiences worldwide. I am certain that the arrival of Gaumont in Italy will further contribute to enhancing the creativity of the many talents in the Italian audiovisual sector, while further boosting the economic growth of the industry.”