The new company, Secuoya Studios Commercial & Distribution, will market all Secuoya divisions’ film and TV projects, formats and IPs on an international scale.
Secuoya Studios has cemented its corporate structure by forming a new company to market and distribute content created by the Secuoya Group and CTMOBS, to be headed by renowned executive producer Sergio Pizzolante.
As a and former executive vice president of E! Networks Latin America & Brazil and vice president and CEO of Sony Pictures Networks Latin America & Brazil, Pizzolante will lead Secuoya Studios Commercial & Distribution, the Group’s new commercial arm that will market the film and TV projects produced by all the studio’s divisions.
The aim, the company explains, is to achieve integration of Secuoya Studios in all phases of film and TV content, from creation, production and post-production to domestic and international distribution, including services to production and structuring and managing tax incentives so as to compete at the highest level with a powerful value proposition in a constantly evolving market.
Secuoya Studios’ new company, where Sergio Pizzolante will serve as president and also hold a minority equity stake, will be headquartered in Miami, with staff and operations offices in Mexico, Madrid and Los Angeles. The firm is also expected to expand internationally, undertaking direct operations in major European markets. The business plan and ongoing operations will be coordinated with the studio’s central management in Madrid and with James Costos, the president of Secuoya Studios.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Sergio Pizzolante, as head of Secuoya Studios Commercial & Distribution, with his vast experience, there is no one better qualified to be responsible for delivering our unique storytelling to the global market. Over the past several years we have committed ourselves to building a corporate leadership team comprised of the best in class business affairs and financial executives, a professional studio services team and we have invested heavily in our talented creative and development teams across unscripted, fiction and features. Now, at this time, with the rapid growth of our exciting slate of projects, the incorporation of Sergio is the realization of a critical milestone within the evolution of Secuoya Studios,” said the president of Secuoya Studios, James Costos.
Secuoya Studios’ new distribution company will be a key support of the studio’s strategic pillars: build an excellent pre-sales capability to license international distribution windows and thus pre-finance own-IP productions; maximize returns on all Secuoya Studios’ IPs through subsequent international sales; bolster Secuoya Studios as a focus for attracting new global IPs.
Pizzolante’s entry into Secuoya Studios’ corporate structure as an executive VP will also add value when acquiring and developing new content to be undertaken by the studio. His extensive background in the U.S. and Latin American film and TV markets will create key synergies and lead to major transactions with international clients.
“Joining forces with Secuoya Studios is an achievement for me in every way. We share a spirit of creating outstanding content, primarily in Spanish, for audiences around the world. The excellent quality standards of Secuoya Studios, its powerful portfolio of products and services, its operational capabilities, Madrid Content City and the whole team, coupled with the support of Raúl Berdonés, Pablo Jimeno and James Costos, will enable me to ramp up the identification, development, production and distribution of series, films, documentaries and premium formats. I will also be able to further open the door for A+ talent to take part in projects on a global scale,” said the president of Secuoya Studios Commercial & Distribution.