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PUFFINS IMPOSSIBLE: THE FIRST ANIMATED SERIES PRODUCED IN SERBIA WITH JOHNNY DEPP IN THE LEAD ROLE HAS BEEN PRESENTED

The production of the first season of the first animated series made in Serbia, created in our studio and intended for global distribution, called “Puffins Impossible”, has been completed. It is a spin-off of the famous series “Puffins”, with Johnny Depp in the leading role, who was a guest of Serbia on the occasion of the promotion of this project. The series, which was realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, was created in our studio for the production of animated content Iervolino Studios (IES), owned by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi, founders of our parent company Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment (ILBE), while the production is signed by Archangel Digital Studios (ADS), founded by Miloš Biković

The voice and appearance of the main character Johnny Puff are based on the personality of the legendary Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, who, in the company of superheroes, becomes a ninja in the new series. Depp arrived in Belgrade to promote the project and visited Iervolino Studios accompanied by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monica Bacardi. He talked to the artists and employees in the studio; he visited all sectors, and addressed the colleagues in the studio in Novi Sad via zoom. On this occasion the studio in Belgrade was officially opened with the signing of the Johnny Puff figurine which was specially created for this occasion by our famous animator Stevica Živkov. Also, on this occasion, Jonny Depp received a 3D model of Johnny Puff as a gift from Andrea Iervolino. 

“Puffins Impossible is a great story for all ages, witty and educational. I enjoyed working on this project and I hope it will repeat the success of the Puffins series it derives from. The work that has been done in just one year is simply amazing. I’m delighted with the creativity of people from Serbia”, said Johnny Depp.

Lady Monika Bacardi, co-founder of the domestic IES studio and production company Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment, who was recently named producer of the year at the Italia – Los Angeles 2021 festival, also arrived in Belgrade. Lady Bacardi announced that the ILBE group has big plans for the Serbian studio and claims the employees have the potential to respond to those ambitions.

“Serbia is one of the most inspiring markets in which ILBE operates. The production of the Puffins Impossible series is proof that we have a capable, dedicated and agile team ready for world-class projects. We have opened an entire sector dedicated to post-production and visual effects (VFX) and our plans go beyond the production of animated content. Our goal is for Serbia to become Hollywood”, said Lady Monika Bacardi.

 

The animated web series “Puffins Impossible” follows the adventures of five Arctic birds – Johnny Puff, Didi, Pie, Tic and Tac. With the help and guidance of their mentor Johnny Puff, the four little birds are transformed into a unique team of superheroes, who, despite mutual disagreements and squabbles, leave all differences aside in times of trouble and help their furry fellows together. The series deals with the topics of equality and ecology in a fun and avant-garde way, in the desire to draw the public’s attention to the current challenges that our planet faces every day.

“The production of such a series is not only important for Iervolino Studios and Archangel Digital Studios, who presented this project in partnership, but also for the Serbian creative industry. Puffins Impossible is the first animated series produced in Serbia, following the highest world standards. It’s a big leap for the domestic creative sector. Once again, I would like to express my gratitude to Miloš Biković, who convinced me only a year ago that we can produce everything we imagined in Serbia with great artists who work here, as well as to Johnny Depp with whom we continued successful collaboration in Serbia, too. Today, Iervolino Studios operates in two cities, Belgrade and Novi Sad, and employs over 100 members, with plans to have a team of 600 people by 2026“, said Andrea Iervolino, CEO and co-founder of IES and Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment.

The production of the “Puffins Impossible” series was done by Archangel Digital Studios, founded by our celebrated actor Miloš Biković.

 

“This is a huge success for local artists. Together, we managed to start the animation industry, thanks to innovative technologies and unique pipeline that we imported to Serbia and by doing that, gave our creative people the possibility to work according to standards of some of the biggest world studios. I thank the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Culture and Information for supporting our common vision and recognizing the importance of this investment. I believe that there will be even more such projects and that we will continue to grow and create”, said Miloš Biković on this occasion. 

The “Puffins Impossible” series will soon be available for streaming on the world’s leading platforms, with one of them being Apple TV. The wish of Iervolino Studios and Archangel Digital Studios and their founders is for Serbia to become a world leader in the production of animated content, which is why the development of new projects intended for the international market is planned. 

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JOHNNY DEPP RETURNS TO SERBIA TO PROMOTE NEW ANIMATED SERIES

Legendary Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is coming to Belgrade on the occasion of the promotion of the first animated series produced in the Republic of Serbia, in the production of the company Archangel Digital Studios, and created by Iervolino Studios (IES) by Iervolino and Lady Bacardi Entertainment. On this occasion, IES will officially open its studio in Belgrade as well.

“I am very happy because, despite the unforeseen events in the world, I managed to keep the promise I made last year, which is that Johnny Depp will come to Belgrade, as our guest. I can’t wait to present to the public of Serbia what we have been working on in the past year, together with him and Miloš Biković, as our strategic partner”, said Andrea Iervolino, CEO & Founder of Iervolino Studios and production company Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment.

Legendary Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is coming to Belgrade on the occasion of the promotion of the first animated series produced in the Republic of Serbia, in the production of the company Archangel Digital Studios, and created by Iervolino Studios (IES) by Iervolino and Lady Bacardi Entertainment. On this occasion, IES will officially open its studio in Belgrade as well.

“I am very happy because, despite the unforeseen events in the world, I managed to keep the promise I made last year, which is that Johnny Depp will come to Belgrade, as our guest. I can’t wait to present to the public of Serbia what we have been working on in the past year, together with him and Miloš Biković, as our strategic partner”, said Andrea Iervolino, CEO & Founder of Iervolino Studios and production company Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment.

 

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THE FIRST YEAR OF IERVOLINO STUDIOS MARKED BY THE LONG-EXPECTED ANIMATED SERIES ENTIRELY CREATED IN SERBIA

Did you know that the first season of the first animated series entirely created in Serbia in just one year, will soon be available on some of the biggest streaming platforms all over the world? Specifically, 54 episodes of the highest-quality content for children and all fans of animated films, that more than a hundred currently employed artists and creative experts from Iervolino Studios (IES) in Belgrade and Novi Sad worked on, and whose production was done by the partner production studio Archangel Digital Studios.

Just a year ago, it was hard to believe that something like that was possible, until the opening of Iervolino Studios, owned by Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment Group, with the support of its strategic partner Archangel Digital Studios. This is the first studio for the production of animated content of this type in Serbia, which is now the largest in the region. Last August, opening of the first studio branch in Novi Sad was attended by the founder of ILBE Group and IES, celebrated Hollywood producer Andrea Iervolino, his strategic partner Miloš Biković and the first 30 employees. Also, the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Culture and Information were of key importance for encouraging work on the development of this branch of the film industry in Serbia, as well as for promoting domestic culture and art at the international level.

“When I think of last August and the opening of the studio, it seems to me that an eternity has passed since then, as we have achieved so much in the meantime. And with that, I don’t only think of the long-awaited animated series with superheroes, about which we will soon be able to say something more, but also all the international projects of the parent company that artists from Serbia participated in – from Puffins with Johnny Depp, to the revolutionary project Space 11. We truly believe that the talented people here have a bright future when it comes to the film and animation industry and our doors will always be open for them”, said Andrea Iervolino, director and founder of Iervolino Studios and its parent company Iervolino and Lady Bacardi Entertainment (ILBE).

Shortly after opening a uniquely designed studio in Novi Sad, equipped with the latest technologies, Iervolino Studios expanded its business by opening another studio in Belgrade as well, including an entire sector dedicated to post-production and visual effects (VFX), that is under construction. In addition to full-time artists and creative experts from IES, directors, composers and other creative associates from Serbia engaged by the production company Archangel Digital Studios, have also participated in the first joint project.

“The fact that we put into production the first 54 episodes of this long-awaited series is a huge success for local artists, because together we managed to start and systematize the animated industry, but also to attract people from all over the world to come to Serbia and work on some new, future projects. I hope that there will be more of that and that we will just continue to grow and create”, said Miloš Biković, our celebrated actor and founder of the production company Archangel Digital Studios.

Iervolino Studios is currently hiring and is looking for new talents in the field of film, visual and applied arts, marketing and communications, to work in studios in Belgrade and Novi Sad. In addition, the plan is to employ 600 artists and experts by 2025, expand the portfolio and capacity, to invest in the development of animation in Serbia, through cooperation with the local and Italian academic community, and support initiatives and projects in the field of animation and socially responsible business.

All information about the newly opened positions, as well as the application instructions can be found at the link https://iervolinostudios.com/ as well as on the Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles of Iervolino Studios

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ARE YOU READY FOR ZERO GRAVITY MMA FIGHTING?

After the announcement that Iervolino Entertainment (IE) is launching the revolutionary company Space 11 for the production of film, TV and web content, as well as music and sports events entirely filmed in space, IE founder and renowned producer Andrea Iervolino presented this company’s first project to the public – Galactic Combat. It is a new format of martial arts tournaments in zero gravity, called MMA-ZERO G. The series will follow MMA fighters for 12 months long competition, and the best among them will have the opportunity to be the first to ever fight outside the Earth’s atmosphere. 

‘’The spectacle of combat in zero gravity will make an unforgettable viewing experience the viewers will not want to miss. This format aims to provide the audience eager to push the boundaries with something unique and unusual – and that is the essence of the entire project. Of course, we are fully committed to testing scientific technologies and methods, for maximum safety of all participants throughout the competition,’’ said Andrea Iervolino, CEO and founder of Space 11, Ievolino Entertainment and Iervolino Studios.   

A total of 40 fighters from all over the world will participate in this competition, train and learn to fight in the absence of gravity for a year, through programs and conditioning mirroring programs used during the training of astronauts. During that period, 32 participants will be eliminated, while only eight of them will get a chance to participate in the main MMA-ZERO G competition, whose vice president and promoter will be former MMA fighter John Lewis. 

The dramatic final fight of the last two competitors remaining in the race for the title of the champion will take place in space – in a specially designed capsule inside a special rocket. The fight will last 90 minutes, which is the time it takes the spacecraft to orbit the Earth. 

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A RECORD YEAR FOR IERVOLINO ENTERTAINMENT – THE ITALIAN PRODUCTION COMPANY REACHED A VALUE OF 720 MILLION EUROS IN 2020

For the famous Italian producer Andrea Iervolino, CEO and founder of the international film and television production company Iervolino Entertainment, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, 2020 was more than successful. After opening a new animated content production company Iervolino Studios in Serbia, they ended the year with revenues higher by 51 percent compared to 2019. It is, therefore, estimated that Iervolino Entertainment (IE) reached a value of 720 million euros, despite the global crisis caused by the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus, which has hit the entertainment industry the hardest. The success is all the greater when you look at the competition’s performance in the field of film production, where many companies have listed the same amount of debts as the revenues in their financial statements for 2020. 

However, in order to continue in the same pace this year, Andrea Iervolino decided to sell 1% of his total share in IE, sending a clear message to the rest of the market: the company is doing very well, it deserves even more value, and he will do everything in his power to provide greater liquidity for shares of Iervolino Entertainment listed on the Milan Stock Exchange. 

“The decision to sell one package of shares should be viewed exclusively positively, because I have positioned my shares in the blocs of large international funds, which have shown they believe in our common vision and I am sure they will support it in the long run. As you know, every successful company listed on the stock exchange must have shares with great market liquidity, and thus significant free turnover, in order to reach a higher value over time, said Andrea Iervolino. 

This attitude is shared by many successful entrepreneurs – more institutional investors among the company’s shareholders guarantees stability and growth in the value of shares on the stock exchange, while a small number of investors automatically means weaker stock trading, and therefore lower company’s value. Andrea Iervolino listed its Iervolino Entertainment on the Milan Stock Exchange in August 2019, placing 5.5 million shares worth 1.95 euros each. Today, they are worth 3.6 euros, 84 percent more, bringing IE an annual income of 120.7 million euros. 

Iervolino Entertainment plans to invest 100 million euros in the production of animated content, with an additional 8.5 million euros in its branch – Iervolino Studios in Serbia, which is envisaged by signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Economy of Serbia and a Memorandum of Cooperation with Archangel Digital Studios, owned by Miloš Biković. 

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REVOLUTION IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IERVOLINO ENTERTAINMENT JOINS ELON MUSK IN SPACE

On the heels of space projects launched by Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Elon Musk, Andrea Iervolino, CEO and founder of the international production company Iervolino Entertainment (IE) as well as Iervolino Studios for the production of animated contentannounced the opening of a new business unit – Space 11. This revolutionary company aims to produce film, TV and web content, but also music and sports events, entirely filmed in space. 

Space 11, a subsidiary of the IE Group and the first entity dedicated to the development of entertainment formats and events in zero gravity, was born from Andrea’s idea to move entertainment beyond the Earth’s borders, similar to companies designing accommodation and recreational facilities for outer space. 

 “Today, thinking of a project of this magnitude might seem too futuristic and impractical, but the technical progress is advancing at such a speed as to believe that everything is already possible in the medium term. Indeed, entrepreneurial minds like Elon Musk and actors like Tom Cruise are already exploring the territory and communication tools in space for single and other initiatives. I foresee that by the first half of 2023 we will already be able to realize the first live event, said Andrea Iervolino. 

 In order to accomplish this revolutionary mission, Iervolino has already begun enlisting top collaborators, including the sector’s leading engineers, astrophysicists, astronomers and technicians, who will systematically study all the means and methods needed to create something so unimaginable and unique.  

 Furthermore, Space 11 has partnered with the Elon Musk’s Space-X program and the Gall Hassin International Center for Astronomical Sciences in Sicily, whose former employees will be on the company’s Advisory Board. The first project will probably be a sports event, with the preparations beginning this summer. 

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IERVOLINO ENTERTAINMENT AND WE DO IT TOGETHER JOIN FORCES IN THE FIGHT FOR FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

Eva Longoriand Cara Delevingne in an anthological, all female film project “Women’s Stories” 

Film and TV production company Iervolino Entertainment, parent company of the domestic Iervolino Studiosannounced a new project entitled “Women’s Stories”, in collaboration with the non-profit production company We Do It Together, which aims to empower womenThis anthological film, composed of six interconnected stories, gathers six female directors from all over the world, while the production is entrusted to Chiara Tilesi, Lucas Akonsin, Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino. 

The film is being shot in Italy, India and the United States in a genre that ranges from drama, through comedy and docudrama, to animated format. Additionally to the world-famous actresses Eva Longoria and Cara Delevingne, other internationally renowned artists have been chosen for a role in “Women’s Stories” – Margherita Buy, Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Varela and Jacqueline Fernandez. The first four segments of the film have already been shot, directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi, Lucia Puenzo, Catherine Hardwicke and Leena Yadav. 

“It is a great honor for me to have the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary team and contribute to conveying a message that is bigger and more important than the film itself – and that is gender equality. Also, it was very important for us that the whole project is realized on a global level, because the issue of equality concerns all of us, which is why we filmed it in several different locations around the world, said Andrea Iervolino, CEO and founder of Iervolino Entertainment. 

The non-profit production company We Do It Together was founded in 2016 with the aim of making feature and documentary films, television and other content, dedicated exclusively to empowering women and breaking stereotypes about them in the entertainment industry, which is mostly “ruled” by men. 

“Our mission is to improve and change the status of women in film and in the media – from objects to subjects. We are dedicated to telling stories about women, whether they are behind or in front of the camera, and that is why the “Women’s Stories” project is so important. We have gathered female directors from all over the globe to tell stories in their own way about all those heroines around us, their ambitions and desires – from health workers, mothers, to artists and business women,” said Chiara Tilesi, founder and president of We Do It Together and added that it is very important that women continue to talk about other women, especially after the United Nations published study about “The Impact of COVID on Women”, which showed that gender inequality is still very present and deeply rooted in society. 

Let us remind you that Iervolino Entertainment opened a company for the production of short animated content for digital platforms in Serbia – Iervolino Studios, during the previous year. 

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ANDREA IERVOLINO LISTED ON THE VARIETY500 LIST OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD OF MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT

Today in Novi Sad, the first studio for the production of short animated content in Serbia – Iervolino Studios, was opened. The event was attended by the founder and director of the production company Iervolino Entertainment, Andrea Iervolino and Miloš Biković, our famous actor and partner in this project, as well as the first 30 employees in the Novi Sad studio. 

“This project is a huge opportunity for Serbia and the local young people who are engaged in art. The plan is to employ almost 600 people from the profession over the years, with large investments in the production of animated content, which we will then export all over the world”, Andrea Iervolino said. He added that all phases of the creative process will be realized here – from the initial idea, design, post-production and later distribution, and that the finished product will be the intellectual property of the state of Serbia.  

In June this year, Iervolino Entertainment signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia and the production company Archangel Digital Studios, owned by Miloš Biković, which envisages that an Italian production company invests at least 8.5 million EUR in the project of establishing Iervolino Studios in Serbia.  

“I am very grateful to Andrea for the trust he has given to our country, because it is a clear signal that there is great talent among young people in Serbia who are engaged in creative work. The construction of such a large studio and the launch of the highest quality production opens new possibilities for Serbian cinematography, and I believe that this project will help to send a positive image of Serbia to the world “, Miloš Biković said.   

After Novi Sad, the company Iervolino Studios plans to open branches in Belgrade in mid-September, as well as throughout Serbia in the coming period.

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THE FILM “WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS” IN THE PROCESS FOR ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATION

The film Waiting for the Barbarians”, produced by Iervolino Entertainment which founded a company Iervolino Studios for the production of short animated films in Serbia earlier this yearis in the nomination process for the most prestigious film award – Academy Award 2021 

This film is based on the novel of the same name by a South African Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzeewho also wrote the screenplay, while the director is a well-known Colombian director Ciro Guerrain his first English language filmThe main roles were trusted to famous actors Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinsonas well as to the Academy Award winner Mark Rylance. 

The plot of the film Waiting for the Barbarians takes place on the borders of an imaginary oriental empire, and focuses on the eternal question of the relationship between the natives and the conquerors, advanced civilization and barbarians. In a seemingly quiet border area of the empire under the direction of an old Magistrate, played by Mark Rylancecontroversial Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp) suddenly arrivesand with his brutality towards the nativesraises suspicion in the Magistrate and arouses the spirit of revolt against the regime which he is part of.   

The main reason that attracted me to this project is that the message of the book and the movie „Waiting for the Barbarians“ is timeless. Although the plot is not happening in the real world, everyone can relate to it – 40 years from now when the book was written, as well as today“ vreme“, said Andrea Iervolino, producer of the film and Director of the production company Iervolino Entertainment„We are currently in the process of nominating the movie for the Academy Award and since it was shot in English, it would be in the run for awards in the main category, although it is officially an Italian film. Now we only need to prove to the world that the „Barbarians“ are special and different enough and therefore worthy of this prestigeous award“, added Andrea Iervolino.   

Iervolino Entertainment started working in Serbia after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia and the production studio of our famous actor and producer Miloš Biković, Archangel Digital Studios. 

I liked the movie a lot and I wish Andrea all the luck in his run for the Oscar. „Waiting for the Barbarians“ is another example of the fact that Andrea is always trying to pass an important message with his movies, to make this world a better place“, said Miloš Biković. „I have no doubts that the projects we are working oin together in Serbia will have the same success, although we are just in the beginning. What’s more, animated series „Puffins“, partially created in Serbia, was more popular than Disney on Apple TV during last week“, concluded Miloš Biković.   

In just six months of its existence, Iervolino Studios today operates in two locations, in Novi Sad and Belgrade, and employs dozens of talented creatives – from storyboard artists, 3D and 2D animators, to graphic designers, editors and others. Iervolino Studios is already heavily involved in the production of animated short films for world markets, and one of the first projects in which it participated is the short-animated series Puffins, which is available on Apple TV and Amazon Prime digital platforms. 

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BEST ANIMATION AWARD GOES TO ARCTIC DOGS WHOSE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ARE OWNED BY IERVOLINO ENTERTAINMENT

The animated film Arctic Dogs, whose characters are owned by the production company Iervolino Entertainment, won the famous Pulcinella Award for Best Animation at the traditional Italian Cartoons on the Bay festival, dedicated to film, television and animation. 

This film is listed as one of the most streamed animated movies on Netflix in America this year, while its sequels are equally successful on digital platforms. Namely, the company Iervolino Entertainment, founder of Iervolino Studios in Serbia, bought the intellectual rights for seven characters from the movie Arctic Dogs last December, including the rights to sell, use music and print, as well as commercial rights, with the aim of producing various animated short formats. 

Among them are Puffins, an animated series starring Johnny Deppin the creation of which employees of the domestic Iervolino Studios also participated. It was in the first place in terms of viewership on the Apple TV platform in the first week of its showing. A similar success was achieved by Arctic Friends, an animated series that follows the polar fox Swift, and which was the most viewed children’s and family title on the same platform in Italy. 

“The continuous success of the Arctic Dogs proves once again that our investment in intellectual property was a good decision and we will continue to go in that direction in the future. Also, I am immensely pleased that the famous Cartoons on the Bay festival recognized our work and that tells me that the quality of our animation is currently among the best on the market, said Andrea Iervolino, CEO and founder of Iervolino Entertainment.   

You can watch the trailer for the movie Arctic Dogs on this link 

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