Rome’s Cinecittà Studios is expanding its presence in the U.S. and has just named producer Migde Velazquez as its head of International Operations and their U.S. representative. She will be responsible for coordinating U.S. and international sales, advising on European production strategies and tax credit counseling. She will be based in Los Angeles and report to Cinecittà Studios’ CEO Giuseppe Basso.

She will also be working closely with APA’s Matt Birch, who has repped Cinecittà Studios in the states for more than six years. Together, they will work on developing a stronger U.S. profile for the studio and servicing the stateside studios and producers who currently have working relationships with Cinecittà. APA has also recently opened their International Office in London to better serve their clients. nouncement, Mr. Giuseppe Basso said: “Our ambition is to continue to make shooting in Italy and at Cinecittà Studios a smooth experience for international customers.”

Velazquez has 15 years of experience in physical production, including 10 years working as a line producer in the U.S. and Europe for both American and U.K. productions. Her credits include Paul
Haggis’ Third Person, Le Grand Tour (previously Top Gear) for Amazon/W. Chump & Sons as well as projects for BBC, National Geographic and Discovery.

Cinecittà’s main studio in Rome is amongst the largest film and television production facilities in Europe boasting 22 stages, extensive permanent sets such as an ancient Roman set fully equipped with set dressing items, a 70,000 square foot outdoor tank and a huge external backlots. Not surprisingly, recent productions shooting there have included Timur Bekmambetov’s newly-imagined Ben Hur, Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2, Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest and Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope starring Jude Law which will be screened at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.