Le Iene (pronounced [le ˈjɛːne]; lit. '"The Hyenas"', but referencing the Italian name of Quentin Tarantino's 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs) is a television program broadcast on the Italian channel Italia 1. Beginning in 1997, it is a comedy/satirical show, with sketches and reports into political affairs and consumer issues. It is based on an Argentine show Caiga Quien Caiga.
The first series was hosted by Simona Ventura, Dario Cassini and Peppe Quintale. Since then, many comedians and actors have hosted, such as: Fabio Volo, Teo Mammucari, Andrea Pellizzari, Alessia Marcuzzi, Luca Bizzarri, Paolo Kessisoglu, Ilary Blasi, and Luciana Littizzetto. It has featured several writers like Davide Parenti, Lorenzo Maiello, Roberto Marcanti, Andrea Bempensante, and Fabrizio Montagner. Recurring features of the show, besides the reportage, are the double interviews in which two famous people are asked the same questions, and are edited together on a split screen, side by side so that they answer one after the other. The Spanish version (transmitted on Telecinco) had to close due to poor ratings, but the program later returned and moved in 2008 to a new network, laSexta.
Because Le Iene was also the release name in Italy for Reservoir Dogs, all the presenters on the show wear (like the protagonists of that movie) trademark black suits, white shirts and black ties.
In October 2006, reporter Matteo Viviani from Le Iene covertly tested deputies of Italy's lower house of parliament for drugs, by claiming to be performing TV interviews about the budget, when in fact the "make-up artist" preparing the deputies for the camera was actually swabbing their faces for samples to be tested for drugs. Of the 50 samples from deputies, almost one third tested positive for drug use in the previous 36 hours; 12 for cannabis and 4 for cocaine. When deputies discovered the ruse, they lobbied, on privacy grounds, for broadcast of the pertinent episode of the show to be blocked, which it was. Matteo Viviani and Davide Parenti had to pay €5000 to avoid going to prison.
In September 2009, reporter from Le Iene joked about the homosexuality of George Clooney at the press conference in Venice Film Festival. CNN broadcast the news as "a man strips for George Clooney" unaware of the identity of the man.
In October 2015, Stefano Corti, Alessando Onnis, and a cameraman from Le Iene reportedly harassed Moto GP racer Marc Márquez in his garage. Márquez was earlier involved in a controversial collision with Valentino Rossi at the 2015 Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix. During the altercation, the reporters from Le Iene reportedly attacked Márquez after the latter's father had asked them to leave.
- "Le Iene e il pasticciaccio brutto di Stamina: Golia e soci bocciati in giornalismo". blogosfere.it. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- Westbrook, Justin T. "Moto GP Racer Involved In Controversial Crash Allegedly Assaulted By Reporters". jalopnik.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- Official website
- Official Italia 1 website
- News article (translated into English) from Il Corriere della Sera about the parliamentary drugs scandal
- News article from ABC News about the parliamentary drugs scandal
- Guardian article on Le Iene from 2002
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