In the morning, the minister’s long visit to the Studios: “Cinecittà is an absolute excellence on the European and global scene. The general numbers of the structure speak of a success that continues to grow over time”
The Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, spent a good part of the morning in the Cinecittà film studios in Rome, accompanied by the CEO of Cinecittà Spa, Nicola Maccanico, the president Chiara Sbarigia, the members of the Board of Directors, Federico Bagnoli Rossi, Isabella Ciolfi, Giuseppe De Mita, and the undersecretary of Culture Lucia Borgonzoni (PHOTO).
“Cinecittà is an absolute excellence on the European and global scene. The general numbers of the structure speak of a success that continues to grow over time, both in terms of occupancy of all sound stages, +75% in the last 2 years, and in requests and bookings from foreign productions, and in the balance sheet, which has returned to profit from 2022 – declared the minister on the sidelines of the visit – Fifty major national and international productions have landed in the studios in via Tuscolana since September 2021 thanks to their reliability, high professionalism, an enviable location, and a technological update promoted with the new industrial plan. Together with Cinecittà, the entire Italian film industry is returning as a protagonist in a moment of strong growth in the audiovisual sector. I came to check the status of implementation of the interventions envisaged by the Pnrr and we are even ahead of schedule. The ministry will continue to stand by Cinecittà and will not lack resources at this important moment for the entire world of Italian cinema.”
The Pnrr also includes special funds for the development of studios which will lead to Cinecittà having 25 active theaters in 2026 and an increase of over 60% in production capacity. The procedures and deadlines necessary to achieve the objectives were respected and we are perfectly in line with the timetable foreseen by the Pnrr investments, by June 2023 all the contracts with the assigned companies were signed, within the expected timescales. In particular, the plan will lead to the construction of 5 new sound stages, the renovation of 4 existing theaters, and the rationalization of the backlot (the area intended for the studios’ large external sets). Furthermore, the restructuring and efficiency improvement of all the theatres, the digital enhancement of the entire factories, the expansion of services to support productions and an environmental sustainability program called ‘Cinecittà REgeneration’, which has the objective to progressively reduce environmental impact and achieve net zero emissions.