Italian Producers Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani Exit Fremantle-backed Companies
Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani, two prominent figures in Italian television and film production, have announced their departure from their respective Fremantle-backed production companies. Reports are rife with speculation that they could potentially join forces to establish an independent production company.
Fremantle Backs Future Collaborations
Despite the departure of Mieli and Gianani, Fremantle remains the sole owner of the production companies they previously helmed. The global media giant has expressed its interest in maintaining a working relationship with the two producers, albeit under a different structure. This amicable separation highlights the respect and professional rapport that exist between the parties.
A Legacy of Success
Gianani’s Wildside and Mieli’s The Apartment have been instrumental in the production of several high-profile Italian films and television series. Wildside’s portfolio includes films like ‘There’s Still Tomorrow’ and ‘Finally Dawn’, and TV series such as the Disney+ original ‘The Good Mothers’. The Apartment, on the other hand, has been behind successful projects like ‘The New Pope’ on Sky Italy, ‘Priscilla’, ‘Bones & All’, and TV series like ‘The King’ and ‘Six Easy Pieces’.
A Power Duo in Italian Entertainment
Together, Mieli and Gianani have created influential Italian TV series such as ‘The New Pope’, ‘My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name’, and ‘We Are Who We Are’. Both producers were associated with Wildside, acquired by Fremantle in 2015, until Mieli launched The Apartment with Fremantle’s support in 2020. Their collective prowess in content creation has undeniably shaped the Italian entertainment landscape.
Despite the changes, upcoming projects from both The Apartment and Wildside are set to proceed. The Apartment’s slate includes the Netflix Italy drama series ‘Supersex’ and the film ‘Queer’ starring Daniel Craig, both in collaboration with Luca Guadagnino. Wildside’s upcoming projects feature ‘Simonov: The Ballad Of Eddie’, starring Ben Whishaw and directed by Kirill Serebrennikov.
As the dust settles on their departure, the industry awaits with anticipation to see what Mieli and Gianani will bring to the table in their future endeavors.