Stand By Me


Dealing with Covid-19: How an Italian teen drama marked a nation’s scripted first

The latest installment of TBI’s extensive coverage of Covid-19 takes us to Italy, where we hear from Stand By Me’s Simona Ercolani on how she delivered a first for the country’s scripted industry during the pandemic. Italian teen drama JAMS has never been a show to shirk a challenge. Airing through Italy’s pubcaster Rai, it […]

Italian channels veteran joins formats prodco Stand By Me

Ex-La7 and Fox Networks Group (FNG) Italy chief Fabrizio Salini has joined the expanding Italian production group Stand By Me. He will become COO at the Rome-based company, which has produced more than 30 original formats to establish itself as a top Italian indie since launching in 2010. Salini was head of Italian free-to-air net […]

Switchover alumnus joins Nespega at indie

Giuliano Tranquilli has reunited with Switchover Media co-founder Francesco Nespega at Italian indie producer Stand By Me. Nespega bought a 50% stake in Stand By Me last year after selling Italian DTT broadcaster Switchover to Discovery Communications, and has now been named president. His team will include Tranquilli, who becomes head of content and business […]

Switchover founder buys into Italian prodco

The founder and former president of Italian channels group Switchover Media, Francesco Nespega, has bought a 50% stake factual producer Stand By Me. Nespega (left) exited Switchover, which runs channels including K2 and Frisbee, after selling to Discovery Networks International in 2012. He has now bought into Italy-based Stand By Me, which Simona Ercolani (right) […]

Nat Geo Italy greenlights ‘90s doc

National Geographic Channels Italy has greenlit production of The ‘90s in Italy, a localised version of international series The ‘90s: The Decade that Connected Us. Hosted by Wired Italia journalist Matteo Bordone, it will focus on memorable moments in Italian life in the 1990s. Interviews with Italian celebrities, politicians, musicians and sports stars and recall […]