Paolo Ferrari, the longtime President and Managing Director of Warner Bros Entertainment Italy, is retiring after 21 years at the studio. He leaves in the spring and will be replaced by Barbara Salabe. Salabe joins the studio on November 7 from her current post as Managing Director of Stage Entertainment. Ferrari, who started working for the studio in 1989 as Managing Director of Warner Bros Italia, oversaw all Warner Bros businesses in Italy, including theatrical and home video production, marketing and distribution of studio and local-language films, and ancillary revenue streams. He served previous stints at Columbia Tri-Star and MGM in Italy.
“Paolo Ferrari has been a force in the Italian film industry in an outstanding career spanning almost five decades, and we are exceptionally fortunate to have had him at the helm of our Italian business during such a key period for our company,” said Warner Bros Entertainment chairman/CEO Barry Meyer. “We will miss him and wish him well with the next stage of his life.”