(Los Angeles, California--February 15, 2016) Gianni Nunnari’s Warner Bros-based Hollywood Gang announced today that they have partnered with Mr. Iginio Straffi, Founder and CEO of Rainbow Group, the most important Italian Animation studio, to develop and produce a live-action motion picture inspired by the animated and highly popular global Winx Club television series.
The Winx Club television series is set in a vividly imagined world, where Bloom, a girl from Earth crosses into a Magical Dimension to enroll at Alfea College — the best school for fairies in all the realms. At Alfea College, Bloom and her fairy friends form the Winx Club. Each of Bloom’s magical friends possess powers unique to their character as they join together to form the Winx Club.
“It’s a charming, magical, infectiously empowering, and hip series,” said Hollywood Gang President Gianni Nunnari. “We are tremendously excited to bring the live-action feature of this international sensation to the big screen for the world to enjoy.”
Iginio Straffi, Founder and CEO of Rainbow Group, said, “A live-action Winx Club movie has been a dream of mine since the very beginning. Now, thanks to the skill and professionalism of Hollywood Gang, that dream is about to come true. I’m really looking forward to it — and so are the millions of Winx Club fans worldwide!”
Netflix recently announced it ordered two seasons of programming in 2016 for a WINX CLUB spin-off animated series of the original WINX which ran on NICKELODEON for five years.
Nunnari, best known for producing the thrillers Se7en, THE DEPARTED, and 300, is currently developing NAPOLEON, ROBOTECH, A WILLING PATRIOT, BLOOD IN BLOOD OUT, EMPEROR, and DANTE’S INFERNO, among other projects through his Warner Brothers-based company Hollywood Gang. Production is also underway on Hollywood Gang’s recently announced 10 episode series “START UP,” starring Martin Freeman and Adam Brody for CRACKLE.
Founded in 1995, Rainbow Group is one of the biggest animation studios in the world and a leader in kids’ entertainment, employing over 1000 people worldwide. The company comprises many divisions, including three Canadian animation studios (two in Vancouver, one in Kelowna), two in Italy (in Rome and Loreto) and subsidiaries in Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. Rainbow's successful distribution of its content in the media (TV, Theatrical, Internet), as well as in the consumer products industry, has led to the company being ranked 12th on the yearly Global Licensor List worldwide, and 1st in Europe. Rainbow cooperates with many prestigious national and international partners, including Nickelodeon, which broadcasts Winx Club worldwide. Rainbow also signed an agreement with Netflix for the new series World of Winx, animated series of the original Winx Club.