New York, NY (April 08, 2014) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they have acquired rights to the crime drama series GOMORRA from Beta Film. Directed by Stefano Sollima (ROMANZO CRIMINALE), Claudio Cupellini (A QUIET LIFE) and Francesca Comencini (THE WHITE SPACE), the program stars Marco D'Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Salvatore Esposito, Marco Palvetti. The series will consist of twelve one-hour installments and is produced by Sky Italia, Cattleya, Fandango, La 7 and Beta Film. Negotiations for the series began at the 2013 MIPCOM entertainment market.
Gomorra has its roots in Roberto Saviano's critically-acclaimed best-selling novel, the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization Camorra , for which he conducted years of research. It tells the story of 30-year-old Ciro (Marco d'Amore), the right hand of the Savastano clan's godfather Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over "The System".
Commented TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein: "This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima's phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other. We're incredibly happy to be on board with the entire group of producers behind the show, including Beta and Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini and Marco Chimenz'S team at Cattleya."
The deal for GOMORRA was negotiated by TWC by COO David Glasser, Michal Steinberg, EVP, Business/Legal Affairs & Acquisitions, and Robert Walak, President/MD Europe, Production, Acquisitions and TV with Dirk Schürhoff of Beta on behalf of the filmmakers.
Jan Mojto, CEO Beta Film, adds: "GOMORRA is the best example for high quality European television, which does not only have an impact in its home country, but makes its way as a foreign language product to the English speaking world. After selling it to UK, France, HBO Nordic and Latin America among others, we are proud to deliver this in every aspect outstanding series to The Weinstein Company. With its marketing expertise and distribution skills TWC is an ideal partner to make this exceptional show a success in the States."
Andrea Scrosati, Sky Italia's Programming Executive Vice President, comments: "Since Sky started developing original entertainment content and TV drama, the goal has been delivering innovative, high-quality programming to our subscribers, exploring groundbreaking and unconventional stories. We are thrilled that, thanks to our international partners, GOMORRA will be available for such a wide international audience after its debut on our newly-launched channel Sky Atlantic".
ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob's tenure at Miramax and The Weinstein Company, they have received 348 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I'M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH'S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; QUARTET; ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; DARK SKIES; THE SAPPHIRES; SCARY MOVIE 5; KON-TIKI; UNFINISHED SONG; FRUITVALE STATION; LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER; THE GRANDMASTER; SALINGER; 12-12-12; PHILOMENA; MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM; AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and VAMPIRE ACADEMY. Upcoming releases include ST. VINCENT, THE RAILWAY MAN, THE IMMIGRANT, TRACKS, YVES SAINT LAURENT, BEGIN AGAIN, THE GIVER, FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, UNDERDOGS and PADDINGTON.
TWC also boasts an active television production division led by former Miramax Films Co-President of Production Meryl Poster. TWC garnered nine Emmy nominations in 2013. The Weinstein Company Television produces the reality powerhouse Project Runway, now in its 12th season on Lifetime; with its spin-off series Project Accessory and the critically-acclaimed Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano. TWC recently launched Million Dollar Shoppers and completed Supermarket Superstar hosted by Stacy Keibler for Lifetime as well as Rodeo Girls for A&E. TWC is currently in production on Mob Wives Season 4 for VH1 and Welcome To Myrtle Manor Season 2 for TLC. Announced scripted projects in development include John Fusco's historical action-adventure epic Marco Polo and an adaptation of Daniel Stashower's bestselling Civil War-era spy thriller The Hour Of Peril. TWC also developed Amy Sherman Palladino's The Nanny Diaries for ABC and produced the award-winning HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, directed by Anthony Minghella.
ABOUT BETA FILM
Founded in 1959, Beta Film GmbH is one of the world's leading international distributors of license rights for TV, cinema, HV and new media. Beta's one-of-a-kind program catalogue comprises over 15,000 hours or 4,000 titles in every available format and genre – from exciting series, stirring TV movies and attention-getting miniseries to Academy Award winning feature films, engrossing documentaries and unforgettable classics. Beta has been part of Jan Mojto's company group since 2004.