After its success at the Venice International Film Festival, ITTV, organized by Good Girls Planet – a women-owned company founded by entertainment journalists Valentina Martelli (CEO), Cristina Scognamillo, and Francesca Scorcucchi – and MTLA, the Los Angeles branch of the Italian advertising company Armando Testa, returns to Los Angeles, from October 30 to November 2, 2021.
This year’s ITTV Awards honorees Grammy winner Tiziano Ferro, actress and director Valeria Golino (Rain Man, The Morning Show), and restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich (Master Chef), recognizing their global impact in the entertainment industry. Past recipients include Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino, executive producer Martha De Laurentiis, actor Mads Mikkelsen and, most recently Andrea Scrosati, COO of Fremantle, who was honored in Venice, in September.
The festival opens with a family-focused event on October 30 dedicated to animation in San Pedro’s Little Italy, with the international premiere of Pinocchio and Friends by Rainbow Group, founded by legendary Italian animator and comic book author Iginio Straffi. 44 andWinx Club, also created by Straffi, will be screened, and Straffi will be presented with the Kinéo-ITTV Award. Additional programming for the evening includes Puffins, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp,Arctic Friends, series by ILBE Group Productions, andMila the animated short about a little girl who survived bombings during WWII in Italy, by Cinzia Angelini.
ITTV’s schedule of events continues on November 1 at the NeueHouse in Hollywood. A day dedicated to US audiovisual industry executives that will be able to see a selection of trailers and teasers of the best Italian television series, including Gomorrah, Petra, Domina, Anna, Romulus,Devils, Carosello Carosone,Leonardo, and Non mi lasciare (Fremantle, Rai Fiction, Sky, and Cattleya).
In the program in-depth panel discussions with leading international executives, including:
- From Home Video to Web TV – A conversation with legendary producer Vin Di Bona and distributor Niccolò Messina of Jungo TV
- Opening Boundaries – The Influence of Global Television and How These Changes Affect International Production – A conversation with Ted Miller, Head of Global Television for CAA, Matteo Perale, co-founder Wiip, Lena Roklin, Talent Manager for Luber Roklin Entertainment, Lorenzo De Maio, Pres. De Maio Entertainment, Matt Brennan, Television Editor for the Los Angeles Times, and Jeremy Spiegel Executive Producer of Extra.
The Festival will close on November 2 with a gala celebration, featuring the 2021 ITTV Awards. This year’s ITTV Award honorees are: actress and director Valeria Golino, best-known to English audiences for her role in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Rain Man and currently in the second season of AppleTV+’s hit series The Morning Show alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon; restaurateur, winemaker, author, television personality, and songwriter Joe
Bastianich; and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and author, Tiziano Ferro. Ferro is one of the best-selling Italian artists also in Latin America.
“This year we wanted to highlight the importance of animation and independent content from Italian storytellers working in the United States,” said Valentina Martelli, ITTV co-founder and CEO of Good Girls Planet. “These creators tell the story of social change. We know that what they make, whether it is documentaries, shorts, TV series, or digital content, has not only artistic value but also commercial potential. This year stories focus on diversity, acceptance, and gender equality”.
ITTV is honored to have ENIT, the Italian National Tourist Board and Italian Consulate General of Los Angeles, as its main partners, in cooperation with Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles (IICLA), Little Italy – San Pedro, Toscana Film Commission, and the Veneto Film Commission.
ITTV’s partners include: Fremantle, Rainbow, Rai Ragazzi, Sky, ILBE Group, Kinéo, FeST, D-HUB Studios, IbiscusMedia, Sardegna Film Commission, Greater Fool Media and sponsors Persol, Eataly Los Angeles, Ferrarini, Bindi North America, Consorzio Parmigiano Reggiano, Di Stefano Premium Italian Cheese, Landi Renzo USA and True Classic.
ITTV’s esteemed patrons include Rai Fiction, APA – Audiov Tv isual Producers Association, IACCW – Italy America Chamber of Commerce West, ITA – Italian Trade Agency, Nuovo IMAIE – I diritti degli Artisti, SIAE – Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori.