ABOUT

Vespucci Group is a film, television, and multimedia content engine based in
New York & Los Angeles.

We incubate, develop and produce fact-based stories from around the world via a consortium of leading journalists. Through the unique access our correspondents provide, we highlight the fundamental issues within these stories and develop them into content which will entertain and enlighten audiences.

We currently have partnerships with journalists in Brazil, Israel, Italy, Colombia, U.K., U.S., Canada, India, Argentina, Japan, Switzerland and more…

ABOUT

Vespucci Group is a film, television, and multimedia content engine.

Based in Los Angeles and New York, we incubate fact-based stories from around the world through a global consortium of journalists. Vespucci Group knows that universal stories emerge from everywhere, and through our partnership with skilled and passionate correspondents we are uniquely positioned to develop source material into long-form audiovisual content for an international audience. 

We currently have partnerships with journalists based in Brazil, Israel, Italy, Cameroon, U.K., U.S., Canada, India, Argentina, Switzerland and more … our network is constantly expanding.

CONSORTIUM

The consortium includes:

Yossi
Melman

Yossi Melman is an Israeli writer and journalist. He was an intelligence and strategic affairs correspondent for Haaretz newspaper, and in 2013 he joined The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister paper Maariv. He has written ten non-fiction books, including a NYT bestseller, on Israeli intelligence community, security, terrorism and nuclear issues which were published in more than 40 countries in 15 languages. In 2016 he was a consultant and protagonist in Alex Gibney's documentary "Zero Days" which won the Peabody Award. In 2017 he created a four-part TV documentary called "The Mossad Cover Story", which will be aired by Netflix in 2019.

Giampaolo
Musumeci

Freelance journalist reporting on African issues, immigration and war zones, contributing to major international news channel and radio including Channel 4, Rai, Sky News, Radio France International, and Radio Swiss. He is the co-author of "Confessions of a People Smuggler" (Chiarelettere, 2014)

David
Patrikarakos

Author of “War in 140 Characters” (Hachette Book Group, 2017) and “Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State” (I.B.Tauris, 2012), shortlisted for International Affairs Book of the Year, selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice. David is a contributing Editor for The Daily Beast, contributing writer for Politico Europe, and a Poynter Fellow at Yale University.

Daniel
Ammann

A Swiss investigative journalist and author, named Swiss Business Journalist of the Year in 2010. He is best known for his biography of Marc Rich, the controversial commodities trader who received a presidential pardon from U.S. President Bill Clinton: “The King of Oil” (St. Martin's Press, 2009). In 2007, he won the renowned Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Business Journalism, among many other awards.

GOINGS ON

latest Endeavor

Vespucci Group has signed with talent agency William Morris Endeavor, who will represent the company in both scripted and non-scripted arenas.

@WAR

IN Development

In partnership with Angus Wall (ICARUS, 13TH, AMANDA KNOX, SOCIAL NETWORK) @WAR is a docu-series based on the book WAR IN 140 CHARACTERS by David Patrikarakos. In the book, David travels thousands of miles across continents to meet individuals who have found themselves as citizen-actors in modern war, including a de-radicalized female member of ISIS recruited via Skype, a liberal Russian in Siberia who takes a job manufacturing "Ukrainian" news, and many others.  Using these on-the-ground examples, he explores the way social media has transformed the way we fight, win, and consume wars—and what this means for the world going forward.  Ultimately, it’s a series about stories: the narratives of conflict and the conflict of narratives. Whether you are a president or a terrorist, the victors in twenty-first century conflict are those that fight and win in the narrative space—a space that can’t be taken with bullets.  Using his unprecedented access to key players, Patrikarakos provides us with a new playbook for modern warfare. More.

threat

IN Development

THREAT is a 10-part docu-series which examines the threat to (and of) journalism across the world. Partnering with Jason Rezaian (Global Opinions writer for The Washington Post and CNN Analyst), each episode will focus on a different country and explore the lives and careers of journalists either killed, imprisoned or harassed. The series aims to ignite a more profound debate around the meaning of the press and the inherent rights surrounding the reporting of truth in each respective country. Through character profiles, interviews and dramatic recreations, we will shed light on each of the journalist’s reporting, picking up where their work was cut off and digging deeper into unsolved investigations. This will take us from the cartels in Mexico, to the illicit businesses behind sand mining in India, to shady real estate deals by the Italian mafia in Slovakia.

writers we ADMIRE

live event

Vespucci Group is partnering with The Browser to put on it’s first live event, ‘Writers We Admire’, on April 10th in NYC. The evening with feature conversations with several prominent authors and thinkers including Jonathan Rauch, whose book Gay Marriage changed the terms of a national debate. Rauch will be talking about, and reading from, his forthcoming book The Happiness Curve, explaining why life gets better after fifty. Hermione Hoby—whose writing The New York Times likens to that of Joan Didion and Renata Adler—will also be talking about, and reading from, her debut novel, Neon In Daylight. Additionally, Susan Schneider, a cognitive scientist and professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut will be in conversation with Anatole Kaletsky, economist, co-founder of The Browser, author of Capitalism 4.0, governor of the Institute For New Economic Thinking, and a columnist for Project Syndicate. Tickets can be purchased here.

confessions of a people smuggler

IN DEVELOPMENT

CONFESSIONS OF A PEOPLE SMUGGLER is a crime TV series based on the works of renowned journalist Giampaolo Musumeci and criminologist Andrea Di Nicola, Phd. The series chronicles the current migration crisis told from the viewpoint of the people smugglers. It is a modern day Western set in lawless Libya. Noé Debré (DHEEPAN, Palm d’Or 2015) is writing and Claudio Cupellini (GOMORRAH) is directing. Indiana Production is co-developing with Vespucci Group.

DONALD & THE WHALE

IN Development

DONALD & THE WHALE is a feature documentary which combines live action and anime to examine the rise and fall of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City empire in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Academy Award nominated filmmaker Kief Davidson (THE IVORY GAME) is attached to direct, and Ross Dinerstein (JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, SILICON COWBOYS) is producing alongside Vespucci Group.

ramos

IN DEVELOPMENT

RAMOS is a story Vespucci has commissioned from award winning Swiss journalist and bestselling author Daniel Ammann. It revolves around the remarkable life of José Manuel Ramos—a Colombian narco who fooled the DEA and Swiss Authorities surrounding the facts of a world wide money laundering conspiracy, resulting in the firing of the Attorney General of Switzerland and the imprisonment of several innocent bankers. The story travels from Bogota, to DC, to Zurich, and Miami…

convictions

IN DEVELOPMENT

CONVICTIONS is a mini-series based on the best-selling memoir “Convictions: My Life With A Good Communist” by Jo Langer. Married to a respected communist party member in Soviet aligned Czechoslovakia, Langer’s life begins to unravel when her husband is imprisoned for being a traitor. Intelligent and resourceful, Langer does everything within her power to save her husband and protect her children. Convictions is an intimate portrait of a young woman’s courage set within a grand historical narrative. Tereza Nvotova (FILTHY) is attached to direct. Zuzana Mistríková from PubRes (THE TEACHER) is producing alongside Vespucci.

bloch space

PRE-PRODUCTION

BLOCH SPACE is an animated short-film that recounts the extraordinary life of the infamous French mathematician André Bloch. After returning from WWI, Bloch murdered his brother, aunt and uncle in a eugenic act eliminating branches of his family affected by mental illness for “the greater good”. Bloch was institutionalized in a mental asylum for thirty-one years of his life, during which all of his mathematical output was produced. Student Academy Award Winner and 2018 Oscar Shortlisted animator Devon Manney (CRADLE) is writing and directing.

EVERYTHING IS GOING
ACCORDING TO PLAN

POST-PRODUCTION

EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN is a feature documentary that follows the treacherous journeys of modern day stowaways. Collaborating with journalists from Brazil and Cameroon, we uncover a community of men that regularly sneak aboard cargo ships in the hopes of bettering their circumstances.

Latest Endeavor

Vespucci Group has signed with talent agency William Morris Endeavor, who will represent the company in both scripted and non-scripted arenas.

@WAR

IN DEVELOPMENT

In partnership with Angus Wall (ICARUS, 13TH, AMANDA KNOX, SOCIAL NETWORK) @WAR is a docu-series based on the book WAR IN 140 CHARACTERS by David Patrikarakos. In the book, David travels thousands of miles across continents to meet individuals who have found themselves as citizen-actors in modern war, including a de-radicalized female member of ISIS recruited via Skype, a liberal Russian in Siberia who takes a job manufacturing "Ukrainian" news, and many others.  Using these on-the-ground examples, he explores the way social media has transformed the way we fight, win, and consume wars—and what this means for the world going forward.  Ultimately, it’s a series about stories: the narratives of conflict and the conflict of narratives. Whether you are a president or a terrorist, the victors in twenty-first century conflict are those that fight and win in the narrative space—a space that can’t be taken with bullets.  Using his unprecedented access to key players, Patrikarakos provides us with a new playbook for modern warfare. More.

threat

IN DEVELOPMENT

THREAT is a 10-part docu-series which examines the threat to (and of) journalism across the world. Partnering with Jason Rezaian (Global Opinion's writer for The Washington Post and CNN Analyst), each episode will focus on a different country and explore the lives and careers of journalists either killed, imprisoned or harassed. The series aims to ignite a more profound debate around the meaning of the press and the inherent rights surrounding the reporting of truth in each respective country. Through character profiles, interviews and dramatic recreations, we will shed light on each of the journalist’s reporting, picking up where their work was cut off and digging deeper into unsolved investigations. This will take us from the cartels in Mexico, to the illicit businesses behind sand mining in India, to shady real estate deals by the Italian mafia in Slovakia.

WRITERS WE LOVE

LIVE EVENT

Vespucci Group is partnering with The Browser to put on it’s first live event, ‘Writers We Admire’, on April 10th in NYC. The evening with feature conversations with several prominent authors and thinkers including Jonathan Rauch, whose book Gay Marriage changed the terms of a national debate. Rauch will be talking about, and reading from, his forthcoming book The Happiness Curve, explaining why life gets better after fifty. Hermione Hob—whose writing The New York Times likens to that of Joan Didion and Renata Adler—will also be talking about, and reading from, her debut novel, Neon In Daylight. Additionally, Susan Schneider, a cognitive scientist and professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut will be in conversation with Anatole Kaletsky, economist, co-founder of The Browser, author of Capitalism 4.0, governor of the Institute For New Economic Thinking, and a columnist for Project Syndicate. Tickets can be purchased here.

confessions of a people smuggler

IN DEVELOPMENT

CONFESSIONS OF A PEOPLE SMUGGLER is a crime TV series based on the works of renowned journalist Giampaolo Musumeci and criminologist Andrea Di Nicola, Phd. The series chronicles the current migration crisis told from the viewpoint of the people smugglers. It is a modern day Western set in lawless Libya. Noé Debré (DHEEPAN, Palm d’Or 2015) is writing and Claudio Cupellini (GOMORRAH) is directing.

DONALD & THE WHALE

IN DEVELOPMENT

DONALD & THE WHALE is a feature documentary which combines live action and anime to examine the rise and fall of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City empire in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Academy Award nominated filmmaker Kief Davidson (THE IVORY GAME) is attached to direct, and Ross Dinerstein (JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, SILICON COWBOYS) is producing alongside Vespucci Group.

RAMOS

IN DEVELOPMENT

RAMOS is a story Vespucci has commissioned from award winning Swiss journalist and bestselling author Daniel Ammann. It revolves around the remarkable life of José Manuel Ramos—a Colombian narco who fooled the DEA and Swiss Authorities surrounding the facts of a world wide money laundering conspiracy, resulting in the firing of the Attorney General of Switzerland and the imprisonment of several innocent bankers. The story travels from Bogota, to DC, to Zurich, and Miami…

CONVICTIONS

IN DEVELOPMENT

CONVICTIONS is a mini-series based on the best-selling memoir “Convictions: My Life With A Good Communist” by Jo Langer. Married to a respected communist party member in Soviet aligned Czechoslovakia, Langer’s life begins to unravel when her husband is imprisoned for being a traitor. Intelligent and resourceful, Langer does everything within her power to save her husband and protect her children. Convictions is an intimate portrait of a young woman’s courage set within a grand historical narrative. Tereza Nvotova (FILTHY) is attached to direct. Zuzana Mistríková from PubRes (THE TEACHER) is producing alongside Vespucci.

BLOCH SPACE

PRE-PRODUCTION

BLOCH SPACE is an animated short-film that recounts the extraordinary life of the infamous French mathematician André Bloch. After returning from WWI, Bloch murdered his brother, aunt and uncle in a eugenic act eliminating branches of his family affected by mental illness for “the greater good”. Bloch was institutionalized in a mental asylum for thirty-one years of his life, during which all of his mathematical output was produced. Student Academy Award Winner and 2018 Oscar Shortlisted animator Devon Manney (CRADLE) is writing and directing.

EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN

POST-PRODUCTION

EVERYTHING IS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN is a feature documentary that follows the treacherous journeys of modern day stowaways. Collaborating with journalists from Brazil and Cameroon, we uncover a community of men that regularly sneak aboard cargo ships in the hopes of bettering their circumstances.

CONTACT

Johnny Galvin

PRINCIPAL  |  jg@vespuccigroup.com

Whilst receiving a Masters Degree in Film and Art History from the University of St. Andrews, I worked for two British advertising firms—Saatchi & Saatchi and M&C Saatchi.  I then moved to Los Angeles and began a career in film and television—starting out at Phoenix Pictures before moving to Mythology Entertainment, where I worked for producer Brad Fischer and writer Jamie Vanderbilt. We developed several scripted and unscripted features, including WHITE HOUSE DOWN (starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx) and SUGE KNIGHT, a documentary for Showtime. I then worked for director Marc Forster, developing and producing film, TV, and commercials—including the Amazon Studios original drama HAND OF GOD. In 2016 I co-founded Vespucci.

Daniel Turcan

PRINCIPAL  |  dt@vespuccigroup.com

Since graduating from NYU’s Tisch Film School, I’ve worked in multiple fields of filmmaking. I started out by editing multiple short format projects as well as two feature films. I then transitioned into production, where I worked in both non-scripted and independent film, including most recently producing MARJORIE PRIME (directed by Michael Almereyda and starring Jon Hamm and Tim Robbins). The film premiered at The Sundance Film Festival where it went on to receive the Alfred P. Sloan Award. In 2016 I co-founded Vespucci.

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