Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International

International Screenwriting and Production

Campus: Milan
School: Arts and Philosophy - Linguistic Sciences and Foreign Literatures
Intake: September 2020
Duration: September 2020 - November 2021
Language of instruction: English
Total ECTS: 60

The Master in International Screenwriting and Production aims at creating professional scriptwriters, story editors and producers, providing them with a thorough understanding of the audiovisual industry and a strong knowledge of the storytelling techniques, which are the heart of every project of feature film and television series.
The MISP is a full-time intensive course, with a maximum enrollment of 42 students.

The Master will allow students to acquire the required knowledge to work in the entertainment industry, both as writers and/or professionals working in production or distribution companies, TV networks, talent agencies or as production assistants. Students will receive a comprehensive and high-level training which effectively combines the academic expertise of university professors with the professional know-how of high-ranking professionals with international profiles.

Armando Fumagalli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Scientific committee

  • Luca Bernabei, Ceo Lux Vide
  • Paolo Braga, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Arturo Cattaneo, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Luca Manzi, Screenwriter and creative producer


Eleonora Recalcati, story editor and screenwriter

Teachers and tutors of the final projects

  • Marco Alessi, screenwriter (Elisa di Rivombrosa, Rino Gaetano, Immaturi) and producer (Tahrir, Samouni’s Road)
  • Francesco Arlanch, screenwriter (Mary of Nazareth, Anna Karenina, Medici – Masters of Florence)
  • Renata Avidano, story editor (La strana coppia, Cosi fan tutte)
  • Francesco Balletta, screenwriter (Distretto di polizia, Ris, Angel's Friends)
  • Deborah Belford de Furia, script consultant
  • Paolo Braga, professor Università Cattolica and screenwriter  (Jules Verne)
  • Anne Brogan, producer, Managing Director Kindle Entertainment, London (Hank Zipzer, Jamillah and Aladdin)
  • Bobette Buster, professor at NorthEastern University, script consultant and screenwriter (Making Waves), Los Angeles
  • Gianfranco Cordara, Vice President, Global Operations, Disney +, Los Angeles
  • Lucia Cereda, head of development, Medusa
  • Laura Cotta Ramosino, TV series development executive, Cattleya (Tutto può succedere, Nero a metà)
  • Luisa Cotta Ramosino, screenwriter and creative producer (Distretto di polizia, Medici Masters of Florence, Devils, Made in Italy)
  • Craig Detweiler, writer, director and author, Los Angeles (The Duke, Remand)
  • Jennifer Dornbush, screenwriter, Los Angeles
  • Ryan Dornbush, VP and Director, Operations and HR, Alcon Entertainment, Los Angeles
  • Armando Fumagalli, professor of Semiotics, script consultant Lux vide.
  • Jordi Gasull, screenwriter and producer, Madrid (Lope, Tadeo Jones, Atrapa la bandera /Capture the Flag)
  • Giorgio Grignaffini, General Manager Taodue
  • Nadia Grippiolo, producer 3Zero2 (Alex & Co., Come diventare grandi nonostante I genitori)
  • Laurie Hutzler, screenwriter and script consultant (In the Valley of Elah, Quantum of Solace), Los Angeles and London
  • Steve Kaplan, script consultant (Dreamworks, Disney, Paramount), founder HBO New Writers Program, Los Angeles
  • Francesca Longardi, producer Cattleya (Io non ho paura,Lezioni di cioccolato, Benvenuti al Sud)
  • Luca Manzi, screenwriter and creative producer (Don Matteo, Boris)
  • Sara Melodia, Head of development Lux vide (War and Peace, Coco Chanel)
  • Carlo Micciché, Director Literary Content Observatory, Rti - Mediaset
  • Erica Negri, producer, Scripted Production, Sky Italy.
  • Simona Nobile, script consultant (Eurimages, Creative Europe, Amber Entertainment - London).
  • Cristiana Nobili, former Director Original Production Disney Channel EMEA, London (Quelli dell'intervallo, Chiamatemi Giò, Violetta)
  • Gennaro Nunziante, screenwriter and director (Sole a catinelle, Quo vado, Il vegetale)
  • Paolo Paggetta, Coordinator Pay and Svod Department, Mediaset
  • Mara Perbellini, screenwriter (La vita che corre, Penny on MARS, Made in Italy)
  • Erminio Perocco, copywriter (commercials Telecom, Lavazza) and advertising director (Crodino)
  • Eleonora Recalcati, story editor and screenwriter (Che Dio ci aiuti, Maggie e Bianca Fashion Friends)
  • Frederick Rendina, writer and producer for documentaries, New York  (History Channel, PBS, A & E)
  • Mario Ruggeri, screenwriter (Don Matteo, Un passo dal cielo, Devils)
  • Maurizio Sangalli, screenwriter (Love Bugs, Il mammo, Casa e bottega)
  • Paolo Sigismondi, professor Global Entertainment, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Lea Tafuri, screenwriter (Coco Chanel, C'era una volta Studio Uno, Sotto copertura, Tutto può succedere)
  • John Truby, head of Truby Writers Studio, Los Angeles
  • Andrea Valagussa, screenwriter (Distretto di polizia, La strada di casa, Solo cose belle)
  • Massimo Venier, screenwriter and director  (Chiedimi se sono felice, Aspirante vedovo, Odio l’estate)
  • Gaia Violo, Screenwriter, Los Angeles (Absentia, Blood & Treasure, In from the Cold)
  • Fabrizio Zappi, producer Raifiction (La meglio gioventù, Walter Chiari, Volare)


Special lecturers

  • Eleonora Andreatta, Head of TV drama and TV series, Rai
  • Giorgio Assumma, Lawyer, President Fondazione Perseus
  • Luca Barbareschi, actor, producer and director (Adriano Olivetti, Something Good, Nebbie e delitti)
  • Luca Bernabei, Ceo Lux Vide (War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Medici, Masters of Florence)
  • Massimo Bruno, Director DeAKids Channels
  • Tino Cennamo, Management Consultant Media and Entertainment (Look Lateral)
  • Alessandro D’Avenia, novelist and screenwriter (Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue, Ciò che inferno non è, L’arte di essere fragili).
  • Laura Del Viscovo, Promotion Department Sky Italia
  • Giulia Ichino, editor Italian fiction Giunti
  • Silvia Martinoli, author Disney publishing and journalist for Topolino
  • Jaime Ondarza, VicePresident Europe and Africa Turner Broadcasting Systems.
  • Carlo Panzeri, vice-director Canale 5
  • Nic Pizzolatto, screenwriter and creator (True Detective, The Magnificent Seven)
  • Antonio Stefanucci, line producer (La piovra, Ris, Volare)
  • Alessandro Usai, Ceo Colorado Film  

Teachers of the animation workshop

  • Eleonora Andreatta, Head of TV drama and TV series, Rai
  • Francesca Assumma, Lawyer,
  • Luca Barbareschi, actor, producer and director (Adriano Olivetti, Something Good, Nebbie e delitti, J’accuse)
  • Luca Bernabei, Ceo Lux Vide (War and Peace, Anna Karenina, Medici, Masters of Florence)
  • Massimo Bruno, Director DeAKids Channels
  • Tino Cennamo, Management Consultant Media and Entertainment (Look Lateral)
  • Piero Crispino, Ceo 3zero2 (Penny on MARS, Il vegetale)
  • Alessandro D'Avenia, novelist and screenwriter (Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue, Ciò che inferno non è, L'arte di essere fragili)
  • Laura Del Viscovo, Promotion Department Sky Italia
  • Giulia Ichino, editor Italian fiction Giunti
  • Silvia Martinoli, author Disney publishing and journalist for Topolino.
  • Jaime Ondarza, VicePresident Europe and Africa Turner Broadcasting Systems
  • Paola Ruggeri, International Tv Marketing and Programming Amalysis Dept., RTI - Mediaset
  • Antonio Stefanucci, line producer (La piovra, Ris, Volare)
  • Alessandro Usai, Ceo Colorado Film
  • John Williams, director and screenwriter, professor at Sophia University, Tokyo

Teachers of the animation workshop

  • Alfio Bastiancich, head of animation, Showlab
  • Andrea Bozzetto, director (Topo Tip)
  • Robin Lyons, screenwriter and producer, Calon, Cardiff - UK (Hana's Helpline, YoYo)
  • Luca Milano, Director, Rai Kids
  • Evelina Poggi, Business Development Lynx Multimedia Factory
  • Margherita Premuroso, animator and director, Milan and London
  • Silvia Rigotto, executive producer and script consultant (Gino il pollo, Dixiland)
  • Caterina Vacchi, Head of production department Atlantyca (Geronimo Stilton, Bat Pat)
Graduates from the MISP are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates have both the theoretical knowledge and the methodological tools suited to pursue professional and managerial careers as:
  • Screenwriters or creative producers of television series and feature films;
  • Authors of TV entertainment programs and documentaries, copywriters, creators of video games and web series, writers of comic books and novels and fiction editors in publishing companies;
  • Story editors and script consultants;
  • Supervisors of evaluation, acquisition and programming of TV shows;
  • Professionals working in different areas of the television and film industry (physical production, distribution, acquisition, product placement, etc.)
FRANCESCO ARLANCH, Screenwriter (class of 2000)
Author of more than twenty TV miniseries for RAI (National Italian Broadcaster), most of them among the top rating shows of the year. Author also of many episodes of top-rating TV series, two feature films, and some original live and animation series. A good number of them have been broadcasted in many countries of the world (for ex. John Paul III, starting Jon Voight, coproduction with CBS, Anna Karenina, Sant’Agostino, etc.). He is among the authors of the second and third season of Medici – Masters of Florence, International coproduction (Rai) distributed in many countries by Netflix and Amazon.
“Years ago I attended this Master program as a pastime activity (at that time it only lasted a few months). Today I make a living from what I learned in those few months and I’ve fulfilled a dream that before I didn’t even dare to nurture: to write for the screen. This Master program can change your life.”


EMANUELA CANONICO, Screenwriter (class of 2005)
Screenwriter and headwriter for several TV series, both for kids and grown-ups, such as Talent High Schooll, Che Dio ci aiutii, Don Matteo, Rex 5, Maggie e Bianca fashion friends. Writer of the feature film Me contro Te (2020).
“This Master program was crucial to put my writer’s toolbox in order. We cannot take for granted that we will always have the right tool to work a blank page out.”


ALESSANDRO D’AVENIA, Writer (class of 2007)
His first novel, Bianca come il latte rossa come il sangue (2010) has been published in around 20 countries, has sold more than one million copies and has been adapted into a feature film with the same title. The following two, Cose che nessuno sa (2011) and Ciò che inferno non è (2014) have similarly been in the best seller list of the year. A similar International success has been granted to the two most recent books  L’arte di essere fragilie, Ogni storia è una storia d’amore which have become also theatre plays. He writes a weekly column on literary and educational topics on the front page of the most important Italian newspaper, Il Corriere della sera.
“I write to know how it is going to end”.


MARIACHIARA OLTOLINI, Animation screenwriter (class of 2013)
Mariachiara works as story editor and screenwriter for Calon TV - a Cardiff based animation production company that works for BBC, ARD, RAI, among others - and for Atlantyca, a Milan based production company for animation (Bat Pat, Berry Bees). She has also published a book: MP3. Sulle ruote me la rido, San Paolo.
"This program has played a major role in my professional training. It didn't only teach me the craft of writing, but also taught me a working method founded on collaboration and teamwork. It wasn't only a training program, but a valuable opportunity for growth. And for that I am deeply grateful."


EDOARDO GINO, Story editor (class of 2015)
Story editor for Lux vide Edoardo has been working as story editor for Devils (Sky Italy) and for two other series for RaiUno (Non dirlo al mio capo and Un passo dal cielo). He has also worked as story editor and screenwriter for Don Matteo 12 (2020).
“I entered the MISP with two things: a passion for writing, and the dream to make a living out of it. Just a few months after the end of the program, my dream has become a concrete reality. You need your 3% of talent on your own, but if you want to learn the 97% of technique and persistence that you need to write a great story, the MISP is your place to be.”


AMANDA DEVINE, writer (class of 2017)
With a degree in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, she attended the MISP from 2016-2017. She has written on two seasons of the Disney Channel series Penny on Mars, with MISP alumna and professor, Mara Perbellini. Currently, she works as a TV writer and Development Executive at Novo Media, a Los Angeles-based development and production company.
“The Master program gave me a firm foundation in story structure and character development, which is critical no matter where you end up in the entertainment field."