Amazon Italy Preps Kobe Bryant Doc, ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ Remake – Deadline

Amazon Prime Video’s newest Italian content material showcase in a scorching sizzling Rome has lifted the lid on a 15-strong slate of drama collection, motion pictures, docs and leisure exhibits, whereas revealing the commentary line up for its UEFA Champions League protection.

Among its streamer’s newest Italian unique content material is a doc on late basketball star Kobe Bryant, who grew up in Italy; a function doc on beloved Italian singer-songwriter Mahmood and a remake of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. There can also be a brand new film from comic Maccio Capatonda, a number of comedy specials, new seasons of LOL and Dinner Club and first appears to be like at scripted collection Everybody Loves Diamonds and The Bad Guy.

The Champions League soccer line-up will see Napoli hero and World Cup 2014 finalist Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi, two-time Champions League and World Cup 2006 winner Alessandro Nesta, and his former teammate Massimo Oddo, additionally a Champions League winner and world champion, becoming a member of the staff of lineup of journalists and consultants for the 2022-23 season of UEFA Champions League.

See the complete line up on the backside.

Kobe – Una Storia Italiana is a documentary on basketball nice Kobe Bryant, who grew up within the basketball courts of Italy having fun with pasta, nation life, and soccer. It will likely be instructed by people who lived alongside him in these unbelievable years and present how a teenage younger ‘Black Mamba’ conquered Italian basketball and fell in love with the nation. Directed by Jesus Garcés Lambert and written by Giovanni Filippetto, it’s Alessandro Lostia for Indigo Stories and can launch this year.

“The doc will show the Italian life of Kobe Bryant and will be great for Italian audiences and international audiences,” Amazon Italy Head of Originals Nicole Morganti instructed Deadline as she revealed the streamer had acquired unique Italian rights to the doc from tktktktktk.

Meanwhile, Prova Prova Sa Sa is an improvisational comedy primarily based on Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson’s format Whose Line is it Anyway?, which was created initially within the UK with Hat Trick Productions producing for Channel 4.

The Italian model is helmed by Frank Matano, who will likely be joined by comics Maria Di Biase, Edoardo Ferrario, Aurora Leone and Maccio Capatonda, who was additionally revealed immediately to be fronting an Amazon movie from Leone Film Group-owned Lotus Production in affiliation with Medusa. Endemol Shine Italy is producing Prova Prova Sa Sa, with visitors together with Francesco Mandelli, Corrado Nuzzo, Valeria Angione, and the comedian duo I Soldi Spicci.

The collection will try and emulate the success of Amazon Italy’s native model of Banijay format Celebrity Hunted and Japanese format LOL, which is getting a Christmas particular, additionally produced by Endemol Shine Italy. A primary-look at celebs-on-the-run format Hunted season three ran immediately, with Gomorrah stars Salvatore Esposito and Marco D’Amore that includes.

“We’ve tried to improve and do more local content with the content acquisition department, so we’ve decided to start doing flexible deals with production companies,” stated Morganti. “Before we needed to both purchase ready-made exhibits or begin right at first with authentic concepts however this deal allowed our native authentic staff to concentrate on the creativity and the acquisitions staff to do the deal. We can now enter exhibits at completely different phases and never be inflexible in our deal structure.

Prova Prova Sa Sa is an extension of that. LOL has launched and relaunched many artists and Frank Matano has absolutely deserved his show, and that’s why we wanted to give him this opportunity.”

Morganti was eager to level out that unscripted exhibits had all the time matched the variety of authentic scripted collection coming via Amazon Italy however admitted that they had beforehand taken a back seat to high-profile dramas and comedies — not so this year. She pointed to LOLDinner Club and Celebrity Hunted returning, saying: “Right now we have a lot of unscripted series that are coming back, which shows that they are having success. Customers really like this sort of content, which normally in Italy comes from linear TV and is unusual on a streaming service.”

Also on the unscripted slate is a doc from director Giorgio Testi and producer Red Carpet that follows singer-songwriter Mahmood all through his European tour. The movie explores his intimate relationships along with his household,  associates and collaborators. It’s billed as: “An inner journey that has music as its backbone and where love and absence find their way to coexist.” It’s written by Virginia W. Ricci and can launch quickly.

“Today, we unveiled a series of outstanding projects underlining the strength of our commitment to Italian audiences, offering the largest and best content selection they can find,” stated Marco Azzani, Country Director, Italy, Prime Video. “These exciting announcements about originals, exclusives, and live sports highlight our growing and continuous commitment for the Italian audiovisual industry, as well as our goal to become the entertainment hub for Italian customers, offering a wide range of content that not only reaches all our customers and meets their passions, but also attracts new stakeholders, who see in our streaming service an opportunity for growth.”

“We are so excited about our slate of originals in Italy,” stated Georgia Brown, Head of European Originals, Amazon Studios. “Our Italian team, lead by Nicole Morganti, is constantly working to offer our customers shows and movies they love, and by collaborating with some of the most innovative local production companies and prominent creators, we believe we will do exactly that. We can’t wait for customers to see what’s coming, and we’re thrilled to be working with some of the most promising up and coming talent on and off screen.”

‘Different Phases Of Productions’

Looking additional forward, Morganti, whose staff has grown in lower than three years from simply her to 12, stated: “The service has grown loads and the company will not be slowing down, so after they see one thing is working we’re pushed to do an increasing number of and lift the bar. That’s what we’re planning for the following few years.

“We’d wish to hold making native hits — a few of our exhibits have worldwide attraction however our focus is to do broad content material for Italian audiences. We’ve executed some analysis and seen that younger adults usually are not simply coming for the exhibits you would possibly count on however are additionally attracted by broad exhibits. We’re maintaining innovating on IP with Italian codecs similar to Dinner Club and spin-offs after which on the scripted side we’re doing a mafia present however with a comedy contact.

“We’re trying to invest more — we’re trying to expand beyond acquisitions and local originals. We’re trying to expand and pick more local content at different phases of development. We’re going to do the same amount of local originals, which we’re there from the first idea, but there are so many good shows that are different phases of production and we want to be able to be super fast get them, so we will work more closely with the acquisitions department on the various ways we can get them. We’re much more on than one team and we’re always exploring what might be the next step.”

Morganti additionally revealed Amazon’s varied European territory leaders had been in weekly session round initiatives that might journey internationally or profit from inside co-production companions. “I’m sure people will watch to see if the LOL Christmas special does well and do their own if it does,” she stated, including variations of travelogue format Dinner Club are in improvement in unnamed international locations.

The Full Prime Video Italy Presents… 2022/23 Content Line-Up, through Amazon’s information launch

  • LOL Xmas Special: Chi journey è fuori, a Christmas particular that includes  seven comedians (and a co-host) from Seasons One and Two of LOL: Chi journey è fuori, the record-breaking Italian Original comedy collection, who will go head-to-head as soon as once more on this hilarious comedic contest. But this time, the problem could have a Christmas taste. Fedez will reprise his function as host and referee, observing from the “control room” contestants Mara Maionchi, Frank Matano, Maria Di Biase, Angelo Pintus, Michela Giraud, Mago Forest, and Lillo Petrolo. For this Christmas version, the experiment will final 4 hours, however the guidelines received’t change: as soon as the primary comic laughs, they may obtain a yellow card violation, and a second offense will earn them a red card elimination, which is able to value them the sport. The final comic to stay straight-faced, and due to this fact the “last one laughing,” would be the LOL winner, and can be capable to donate €100,000 to a charity of their alternative. LOL Xmas Special: Chi journey è fuori is produced by Endemol Shine Italy for Amazon Studios, and will likely be accessible solely on Prime Video in additional than 240 international locations and territories worldwide at Christmas 2022.
  • Food travelogue Dinner Club returns for a second season with Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco, who will once more journey round Italy with 4 very particular companions—Italian actors Antonio Albanese, Paola Cortellesi, Marco Giallini, and Luca Zingaretti—to find a number of the most unbelievable Italian culinary wonders and traditions via journeys to astonishing places throughout the Sila in Calabria, the Romagna, South Tyrol, and Sicily. The chef will journey with every one in all his associates, tasting unbelievable food and discovering unknown stunning locations via adventurous and comedic food experiences. Once back from their journey, they are going to be joined by Dinner Club honorary members Sabrina Ferilli and Luciana Littizzetto, and can take pleasure in witty, participating conversations over dinner. Dinner Club is produced by Banijay Italia for Amazon Studios, directed by Riccardo Struchil and Caterina Pollini, and can launch solely on Prime Video worldwide in 2023.
  • Me Contro Te – La Famiglia Reale, the brand new collection starring kid-favorites Luigi Calagna and Sofia Scalia,who’re prepared for a brand new journey: live in a royal palace with a noble household to study their habits, tradition, and traditions. Throughout their keep, they may learn to behave correctly, due to Madame Cornelia, the extreme housekeeper, and Bruno, the household butler. Joining them are the Queen’s three grandchildren, the twins Divina and Tronaldo — who’re used to courtroom life — and Emma, who’s rebellious and illiberal in relation to protocol and traditions. Eventually, they uncover the true motive for his or her keep within the palace: the queen wished them there to present a lesson to her grandchildren: to study the simplicity and genuineness of the lifetime of two regular people. Produced by Colorado Film Production, Warner Bros., and Me Contro Te, the collection will launch on Prime Video in 2022.
  • Sono Lillo, a brand new collection that includes beloved comic Lillo Petrolo as himself, as he faces the implications of his enormous success. Lillo is on the high of his career; since creating his character Posaman, he has gained on the spot fame, everybody desires him. It couldn’t be higher, however, as all the time, not all that glitters is gold. After years of marriage, his spouse Marzia decides to depart him. Lillo has recognized himself with Posaman to the purpose the place he by no means takes himself severely. He will then embark on an journey to win back Marzia, filled with grotesque and surreal conditions, hunted by the ghost of Posaman, wherein he’ll discover a very powerful factor of all: himself. Alongside Lillo Petrolo, the cast additionally options Pietro Sermonti, Paolo Calabresi, Corradoand Caterina Guzzanti, Cristiano Caccamo, and Maccio Capatonda. Sono Lillo is produced by Lucky Red, directed by Eros Puglielli and can debut solely on Prime Video in 2023.
  • Prova Prova Sa Sa, a comedy present targeted on improvisation, with Frank Matano on the helm and a cast of 4 distinctive comedians: Maccio Capatonda, Maria Di Biase, Edoardo Ferrario, and Aurora Leone. In every episode, the 4 comedians carry out in a collection of improvised sketches and challenges, which typically are determined by Matano, different occasions are primarily based on the ideas of viewers within the theatre. Some of those sketches are particular person, others contain two-or-more comedians. In addition, in every episode a particular visitor breaks into this system and improvises with the cast with exhilarating remaining outcomes, and an inconceivable winner in every episode. Guests embrace: Francesco Mandelli, Corrado Nuzzo, Valeria Angione, and the comedian duo I Soldi Spicci. Prova Prova Sa Sa is produced by Endemol Shine Italy, primarily based on the profitable, award-winning format Whose Line Is It Anyway? created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson for Hat Trick Productions, and will likely be accessible solely on Prime Video in 2022.
  • The documentary that follows the singer-songwriter Mahmood all through his European tour, tells the story of one of the crucial beloved Italian artists. The movie explores Mahmood’s most intimate relationships with people who’ve left a mark on his personal life: his household, all the time current and his level of reference, associates, collaborators. An interior journey that has music as its spine and the place love and absence discover their strategy to coexist. The documentary is directed by Giorgio Testi, written by Virginia W. Ricci and produced by Red Carpet and can quickly be accessible on Prime Video.
  • Improvvisamente Natale, a household comedy film with Diego Abatantuono. The film revolves round Chiara, an 8-year-old woman who can’t anticipate Christmas to see her beloved grandfather Lorenzo (Abatantuono), proprietor of the pleasant excessive mountain resort that hosts the household celebrations. However, this year, Chiara’s parents, Alberta and Giacomo, have determined to make an offseason go to to Lorenzo, as a result of they want his assist to present Chiara the dangerous information: they’re getting a divorce. Lorenzo, already in disaster as a result of he might need to promote his beloved resort, accepts the laborious activity of breaking the information to his granddaughter. But first, he desires to present her one final blissful Christmas…in August! The film, directed by Francesco Patierno and produced by Notorious Pictures, will launch on Prime Video at Christmas 2022.
  • Mai dire Kung Fu – Grosso guaio all’Esquilino, a film with beloved LOL Season Two particular visitor Lillo Petrolo, set in Rome and revolving round Davide, a shy 12-year-old boy compelled to face the depraved neighborhood bully whereas attempting to not look dangerous in entrance of Yasmin, the woman he likes. To do that as soon as and for all, he decides to show to a weird Kung Fu Master, Martino, a former B-Movie star now in decline and broke. Between unlikely coaching classes, daring escapes, and some roundhouse kicks, Martino and Davide will develop collectively and study to face their fears. The film is produced by Lucky Red, and will likely be accessible solely on Prime Video in 2023.
  • Comedy Specials: Prime Video will launch a collection of exhibits starring a number of the finest identified and most beloved Italian comedians. The first comedy particular will function Alessandro Siani and can launch on July 26, adopted this Autumn by comedy exhibits with comedic duo Lillo and Greg, Angelo Pintus, Enrico Brignano, Francesco Cicchella, and Maurizio Lastrico
  • Kobe – Una storia italiana, the documentary on Kobe Bryant, one of many best basketball gamers in historical past, who grew up within the basketball courts of Italy having fun with pasta, nation life, and soccer. Kobe – Una storia italiana is a novel fairy story instructed by those that lived alongside him in these unbelievable years, and tells the story of the younger Black Mamba, {the teenager} who conquered Italian basketball and who fell in love with our nation. Directed by Jesus Garcés Lambert, written by Giovanni Filippetto, and produced by Alessandro Lostia for Indigo Stories, the documentary will launch on Prime Video in 2022.
  • The new movie with and by Maccio Capatonda, produced by Lotus Production, a Leone Film Group company, in affiliation with Medusa, will likely be accessible on Prime Video in 2023.

Exclusive updates and sneak peeks on beforehand introduced productions:

  • First look and casting announcement of Original scripted collection Everybody Loves Diamonds with Kim Rossi Stuart, Anna Foglietta, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Carlotta Antonelli, and Leonardo Lidi; with the participation of Rupert Everett and Malcom Mcdowell as Khan within the cast of the heist story impressed by the 2003 “Antwerp Diamond Heist,” the world’s largest theft of diamonds. Everybody Loves Diamonds is directed by Gianluca Maria Tavarelli, produced by Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa for Wildside, a Fremantle company, and written by Michele Astori, Stefano Bises, Giulio Carrieri and Bernardo Pellegrini. Everybody Loves Diamonds will be accessible solely on Prime Video worldwide in 2023.
  • First look of Original scripted collection The Bad Guy with Luigi Lo Cascio and Claudia Pandolfi. The Bad Guy is created by Ludovica Rampoldi, Davide Serino, and Giuseppe G. Stasi, directed by Giancarlo Fontana and Giuseppe G. Stasi, and produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori for Indigo Film. The Bad Guy will debut worldwide solely on Prime Video in Autumn 2022.
  • First-look photographs of Original unscripted collection Celebrity Hunted – Caccia all’Uomo, Season Three,the real-life thriller the place a gaggle of celebrities go on the run, making an attempt to remain off the radar and stay at-large for 2 weeks throughout Italy with restricted monetary resources. Hunting them down are a number of the most renowned and feared Italian skilled investigators, cyber analysts, on-line profilers, and human trackers from law enforcement and navy intelligence. The present starring Luca Argentero and Cristina Marino, Salvatore Esposito and Marco D’Amore, Katia Follesa, Ciro Priello and Fabio Balsamo, Rkomi, and Irama will launch worldwide in Autumn 2022. 

Live sports activities | UEFA Champions League

The Business Lead, Sport, Prime Video Italy, Marco Foroni, introduced that Argentinian former participant Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi, probably the most beloved by Napoli followers after Maradona and 2014 World Cup finalist,  Alessandro Nesta, two-time Champions League winner and 2006 World Cup champion, and his former teammate Massimo Oddo, additionally a Champions League winner and world champion, will be part of the Prime Video lineup of journalists and consultants for the 2022-23 season of UEFA Champions League. The unique broadcast will function the 16 finest Wednesday-evening matches, in addition to the UEFA Super Cup. The three former gamers will be part of hosts Giulia Mizzoni and Marco Cattaneo; sideline reporters Alessia Tarquinio, Alessandro Alciato and Fernando Siani; commentators Sandro Piccinini and  Massimo Ambrosini; and pundits Clarence Seedorf, Claudio Marchisio, Gianfranco Zola, Júlio César, Luca Toni, Diego Milito, Patrice Evra, and Gianpaolo Calvarese.

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