EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood vet Gianni Nunnari, producer on movies including the 300 franchise, Immortals, and From Dusk Til Dawn, is teaming with producer Simon Horsman (Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers, Magazine Dreams) to launch Euro Gang Entertainment.
The company plans to develop, finance and produce movies, scripted and unscripted TV series, stage productions and other live events.
The outfit will have offices in London, Rome and Madrid, while keeping a base in Los Angeles, and is affiliated to Nunnari’s long-time label Hollywood Gang Productions, which will continue to develop and service legacy projects.
Euro Gang says it has more than 30 projects in development across various genres, formats, and budget ranges, and this week it sealed a co-development agreement with Warner Music Group’s film and TV division Warner Music Entertainment, headed by Charlie Cohen.
Under terms of the pact, the companies will co-develop nine scripted projects, which include original concepts, remakes of European films, and book adaptations. Five of the projects are due to be in shot in either Italian, French, or Spanish.
Italy-born Nunnari, who was an exec producer on The Departed and Se7en and head of Cecchi Gori Pictures in the U.S., is currently in production in Rome on Roland Emmerich’s $150M-budgeted gladiator series, Those About to Die.
Horsman, a UK and California qualified lawyer, who previously co-founded and for ten years ran the Los Angeles Film Fund as co-CEO, recently was a producer on Hulu series, Legacy: The True Story Of The LA Lakers, and movies such as Sundance winner Magazine Dreams, and, Rob Peace, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
As their first collaboration, Nunnari and Horsman are currently producing a documentary series on chef, restaurateur, and hotelier, Nobu Matsuhisa, directed by Matt Tyrnauer (Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons) and co-produced with Altimeter Films, WMG Productions, Los Angeles Media Fund, and AGC Studios.
Nunnari commented: “As the name suggests, Euro Gang has a broad European and international focus with aspirations to grow quickly into a mini-major studio bridging Europe and Hollywood”.
He continued: “With the right relationships and track record, there’s the ability to develop projects at a much lower upfront cost and on an accelerated timeline out of Europe, and the depth of writing, directing and acting talent is unquestioned. Coupling these attributes with the fact that there are some of the very best production incentives in a number of key territories in Europe, including, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK, we are confident that, after more than a few collective decades in the business, Simon and I will continue to be successful at producing compelling and commercial content for the international marketplace.”
Horsman added: “Gianni and I share the same work ethic and philosophy towards the entertainment industry and our skill sets are complementary. Gianni is incredibly skilled at divining commercial material and producing projects on an ambitious scale, which has been proven many times over. The fact that we are launching the company with 30 plus projects already in our slate is testament to his qualities as a producer. As our first co-development partner out of the gate, we are tremendously appreciative of Warner Music Group’s belief in us as team and look forward to collaborating on the initial projects we will be developing together, and hopefully more to come in the future.”