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In a significant move within the European entertainment industry, Marco Chimenz, the Co-CEO of Italy’s renowned production company Cattleya, is set to depart the company in January 2024 to embark on a new journey as part of pan-European powerhouse Federation Studios. Chimenz’s decision to transition to Federation Studios, a prominent production and distribution studio, marks a pivotal moment in his already illustrious career.
At Federation Studios, Marco Chimenz will assume the role of group co-managing director, working closely with the company’s founder and CEO, Pascal Breton, as well as Federation co-director Lionel Uzan. Federation Studios, established in 2013, has rapidly emerged as a major player in the global entertainment landscape. The studio operates as a production, financing, and distribution entity with subsidiaries and associate production companies strategically located in various European cities, including Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Cologne, London, Brussels, and Tel Aviv. Federation Studios boasts an impressive portfolio of acclaimed titles, including “The Bureau,” “In Treatment,” “Baby,” “Hostages,” “Marseille,” “Bad Banks,” “Your Honor,” and “Around the World in 80 Days.”
While Marco Chimenz embarks on his new role at Federation Studios, he will maintain ongoing collaborations with Cattleya’s Spanish affiliate on several productions until 2025. Additionally, he will continue his partnership with Joshua Berman, currently serving as the head of business affairs at Cattleya. Notably, in January 2024, Joshua Berman will assume the position of Federation’s international business advisor, solidifying the enduring partnership between the two industry veterans.
During his tenure of more than two decades at Cattleya, Marco Chimenz played an instrumental role in the company’s transformation into Italy’s premier independent production entity. Working in tandem with Cattleya founder Riccardo Tozzi and finance chief Giovanni Stabilini, Chimenz oversaw a significant shift from film to television, ultimately shepherding the creation of high-quality and critically acclaimed series. Notable among these productions is “Gomorrah,” a series that not only became Italy’s top TV export but also garnered international acclaim. Other successful ventures include “ZeroZeroZero” and the more recent hit, “Django.” Chimenz’s responsibilities at Cattleya encompassed overall strategic planning, internal and external growth, and the adept management of business affairs.
Marco Chimenz’s decision to join Federation Studios reflects the evolving landscape of the entertainment industry, particularly the growing prominence of European sales companies. As streaming platforms become increasingly flexible in their agreements to contain costs, the expertise of industry leaders like Chimenz becomes invaluable. He expressed his eagerness to work with Federation Studios to facilitate international co-productions, a niche where he has honed his specialization.
Chimenz’s excitement about this new chapter in his career was palpable as he stated, “I am so enthusiastic about joining Pascal and Lionel, two producers and entrepreneurs that I have known for years and for whom I have the highest esteem as they lead a brilliant group with such a strong international drive.”
However, leaving Cattleya, a company where he had worked closely with Riccardo Tozzi and Giovanni Stabilini for over two decades, was not without its bittersweet moments. Chimenz acknowledged the deep bonds formed within the Cattleya family and expressed his profound gratitude for the adventures and opportunities he had experienced. He also extended thanks to Julian Bellamy, Lisa Perrin, Duncan Walker, and the talented team at ITV Studios for their unwavering support.
Pascal Breton, CEO of Federation Studios, warmly welcomed Marco Chimenz into the fold, recognizing him as one of Europe’s most talented and respected producers. Breton emphasized that Chimenz’s expertise would significantly strengthen Federation’s capabilities in areas such as pre-financing, co-production, and sales of movies and shows. Breton reaffirmed that Federation Studios’ overarching goal remains unchanged: to attract the best producers, showrunners, and directors in the entertainment industry.
Riccardo Tozzi, the founder of Cattleya, reflected on the extensive collaboration with Marco Chimenz, spanning over two decades. He wished Chimenz immense success in his new venture with Federation Studios and expressed confidence that the legacy of Chimenz’s contributions to Cattleya would endure through the team he had trained, including Joshua Berman. As Chimenz embarks on this exciting new chapter in his career, the industry eagerly anticipates the innovative and creative collaborations that will undoubtedly emerge from his leadership at Federation Studios.