RAI directors ready for closeup

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ROME -- The new directors of RAI Cinema will take over management of the company July 11, RAI officials said Thursday.

The appointment of new head Caterina d'Amico, president Franco Scaglia and general director Paolo Del Brocco represent a complete turnover of the highest level of management at the subsidiary of state broadcaster RAI, and it comes after months of debate about the future leadership of the company.

Both Scaglia and Del Brocco were promoted from within the company.

Scaglia is a longtime RAI administrator who was most recently the head of RAI International, while Del Brocco is a former RAI chief financial officer. D'Amico is the dean of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy's national film school.

D'Amico's still-active mother, Suso Cecchi d'Amico, is one of Italy's best-known screenwriters, with a 60-year career that features some of Italy's best known films, including Vittorio De Sica's "Ladri di Biciclette" (Bicycle Thieves), Luchino Visconti's "Il Gattopardo" (The Leopard) and Mario Monicelli's "Casanova '70," for which she earned an Oscar nomination.
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