Italian distributor Rai Cinema has become the 12th Globalgate Consortium Partner, joining Lionsgate, Televisa (Mexico), Gaumont (France), Nordisk (Scandinavia), Tobis (Germany), Belga (Benelux), TME (Turkey), Kadokawa (Japan), Lotte (Korea), Cine Colombia (Colombia), and Paris Filmes (Brazil) in a partnership to grow the market for local-language content worldwide.
Rai Cinema’s 01 distribution arm is a leading Italian distributor with a 15% market share in Italy with recent hit films including Il principe abusivo, Mister Felicita, La pazza gioia, A casa tutti bene, Smetto quando Voglio, Il ragazzo invisibile, Metti la nonna in Freezer among many others.
“Italy has a legendary film culture, with a record 14 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Picture and a robust local industry, driven by Rai Cinema,” said Globalgate co-founders Clifford Werber, William Pfeiffer, and Paul Presburger in a statement. “We are proud to have Paolo Del Brocco and the Rai family join ours, as we together deliver premium intellectual property to Italian producers, filmmakers, and talent for commercial and distinctive Italian films that will soon result. We are also eager to adapt and produce Rai’s iconic stories as local-language films in other key territories around the world.”
Globalgate’s slate now includes 35 films in development with its partners around the globe, with films in and scheduled for production this year and has recently expanded to include series.
Globalgate Entertainment, aligned with Lionsgate, sources and curates intellectual properties and remakes, with priority access to its Consortium Partners’ libraries of over 20,000 titles, as well as properties sourced worldwide from publishers, literary agencies, production companies and third-party rights holders. With its Consortium Partners and other local partners, Globalgate co-produces and co-finances mainstream, wide release local-language films in key international territories.