Gianni Nunnari

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Gianni Nunnari (born 10 August 1959) is an Italian film and television producer and executive.[1]

Early lifeEdit

After completing his studies, he followed the footsteps of his father, Alexander Nunnari, and began his career in the film business.


After graduating from Pareto college, Gianni began his career working at Dick Randall, a Hong Kong-based foreign sales company, known for distributing Bruce Le, Bruce Li and also the very first Jackie Chan movies.[2] Soon after the death of his father, he joined Mario Cecchi Gori and his son, Vittorio, to export their commercial Italian feature films.

Cecchi Gori PicturesEdit

At age 25, Nunnari moved to Hollywood to expand the market horizon and product slate for Cecchi Gori Pictures and to distribute European films for the US market.

In 1991, Cecchi Gori produced Mediterraneo, which Nunnari and Cecchi Gori sold to Miramax before becoming a hit in the United States. It was subsequently awarded the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Next, Nunnari convinced his friend Massimo Troisi, a Neapolitan film star primarily known for his peculiar comedic approach in film, to direct and star in Il Postino. The film became the final motion picture in Troisi’s career, as the star and director suffered a fatal heart attack the day after production wrapped. The critically acclaimed film was released posthumously and was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor, winning one for its musical score.

Nunnari’s most notable success in producing foreign films for the US market was Life Is Beautiful, directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Nunnari orchestrated the distribution of the film worldwide, and it went on to win multiple awards, including the Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Original Score. It returned over $25 million for Cecchi Gori, in addition to recouping the initial approximately $6 million production investment.

Nunnari was then appointed to oversee Penta Films, alongside Cecchi Gori and Silvio Berlusconi, to produce Hollywood commercial movies in the style of the Cecchi Gori films. Following his accomplishments in production, Nunnari expanded his business knowledge into entrepreneurial efforts, opening the popular Los Angeles restaurant Ago; among the restaurant’s partners are Meir Teper, co-owner of the acclaimed Nobu chain, and Robert De Niro.

Independent producerEdit

Striking out as an independent producer of motion pictures, Nunnari produced the hit film Se7en, which would take in over $327 worldwide, and From Dusk Till Dawn, starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino for Miramax. It was Clooney’s first starring role on the big screen and became an instant success and a cult classic. In more recent years, Nunnari has produced several films for director Martin Scorsese, includingThe Departed, which would win Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, Shutter Island, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and earned nearly $300 million worldwide, and Silence, which received rave reviews and the AFI ranked as one of its ten Movies of the Year.

Hollywood Gang ProductionsEdit

In the late 1990s, Nunnari founded the production company Hollywood Gang Productions. The company produced big-budget commercial spots, becoming one of the pioneers in using big Hollywood stars, such as Oscar-winners Robert De Niro and director Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso).

Segueing into feature film production, Nunnari and Hollywood Gang produced the feature film 300, directed by Zack Snyder, starring Gerard Butler, and based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller. The film took in over $700 million worldwide. Nunnari built the IP into a franchise with the sequel 300: Rise of an Empire, starring Eva Green, Lena Headey, and Rodrigo Santoro. The company also produced the features Immortals, starring Henry Cavill, Everybody’s Fine, starring Robert De Niro and Kate Beckinsale, and most recently, The Domestics, starring Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin, which became one of the first pictures produced under the revived Orion Pictures label.

In 2016, Hollywood Gang produced its first television series, Start-Up, released by Sony's streaming services Crackle, executive produced by Nunnari.

Personal lifeEdit

Nunnari is the father of two girls, Giulia, from a previous marriage, and Caterina, with actress Vanessa Hessler, whom he currently resides with in Malibu.

Producing creditsEdit

Film creditsEdit

Year Title Director Box Office Notes
1995 Se7en David Fincher $327.3 million[3] as executive producer
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn Robert Rodriguez $25.8 million[4] as producer
1997 The Blackout Abel Ferrara $0.11 million as co-executive producer
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Scott Spiegel as producer
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter P. J. Pesce as producer
2004 Alexander Oliver Stone $167.3 million[5] as executive producer
2005 O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta Bruno Barreto as executive producer
2006 The Departed Martin Scorsese $289.8 million[6]
2006 N (Io e Napoleone) Paolo Virzì as producer
2006 300 Zack Snyder $456.1 million[7] as producer
2009 Everybody's Fine Kirk Jones $16.4 million[8] as producer
2010 Shutter Island Martin Scorsese $294.8 million[9] as executive producer
2011 Immortals Tarsem Singh $226.9 million[10] as producer
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Noam Murro $337.6 million[11] as producer
2016 Silence Martin Scorsese $27.3 million as executive producer

Television creditsEdit

Year Title Director Original Release date Notes
2016 StartUp Ben Ketai September 6, 2016[12] as executive producer


  1. ^ Simpson, David (November 8, 2011). "Gianni Nunnari & Mark Canton: 'Immortals' Producers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  2. ^ Frater, Patrick. "Gianni Nunnari Talks Rights, Remakes and Real Life Heroes".
  3. ^ "Seven (1995) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  4. ^ "From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  5. ^ "Alexander (2004) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  6. ^ "The Departed (2006) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  7. ^ "300 (2007) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  8. ^ "Everybody's Fine (2009) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  9. ^ "Shutter Island (2010) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  10. ^ "Immortals (2011) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  11. ^ "300: Rise of An Empire (2014) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  12. ^ StartUp, 2016-09-06, retrieved 2016-12-01

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