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LaPresse: celebrating 30 years of Marco Durante's company

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Marco Durante, President of LaPresse, is proud to celebrate 30 years of the company he created in 1994

TURIN, Italy, July 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LaPresse was established by Marco Durante and his brother, Massimo Maria Durante, 30 years ago. Initially, the company started as a photographic agency, acquiring the archives of Publifoto Torino. Over time, LaPresse SpA diversified its activities, introducing photo reporting activities, video news, press agencies, celebrity management, and television productions.

Marco Durante (born March 24, 1962) is an Italian entrepreneur, media strategist, and university lecturer. He is the founder, CEO, and President of LaPresse SpA, an international multimedia news agency. For over three decades, Durante has established LaPresse SpA as an authority in the Italian and international media industries.[1]

Durante attended the scientific high school of Sacra Famiglia in Turin before enrolling at ISEF (Istituto Superiore di Educazione Fisica), where he earned a degree in motor sciences in 1988. During his time as an ISEF teacher in France, Durante pursued studies in sports disciplines at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon.

Durante's passion for sports led him to coach swimming in Turin. Durante coached Libertas SAFA alongside Corrado Rosso, achieving notable successes with the Turin swimming team stepping up to the first division from serie C. In football He actively participate as a midfielder in the youth team of Torino F.C.

In 2013, Durante obtained a first-level Italian master's qualification in criminology and forensic Law in Naples. Subsequently, in 2015, Durante graduated with honors and distinction Law in Naples, specializing in tax law, with publication rights for his thesis.

In 2020, Durante obtained a Certificate in Corporate Finance from the NYU Stern School of Business in New York. In 2021, he completed the Coursera Certificate in Financial Markets at Yale University.

Marco Maria Durante is the protagonist of an entrepreneurial journey that in thirty years has led him to be among the leaders of the publishing scene in the world.

In 2006, Durante oversaw the transformation of LaPresse into a public limited company, marking a pivotal moment in its development. Subsequently, in 2008, he started the internationalization plan by securing distribution rights in Italy for prominent content providers such as Associated Press (2010–2014), Reuters, Xinhua, EFE, the Press Association (2015–2017), and Agence France-Presse (2018–2020). LaPresse became the exclusive Italian partner of Associated Press, facilitating content distribution both domestically and internationally.

LaPresse SpA expanded its operations, establishing ten offices across Italy and venturing into international markets, including the United States, Spain, and Portugal.

In 2015, LaPresse SpA acquired AGR and A.G.A. (Agenzia Giornali Associati). In 2017, it concluded a multi-year partnership agreement with Agence France-Presse to distribute text, photos, and videos in Italy from 2018 to 2020. In 2018, it acquired the photojournalistic, journalistic, film, audiovisual, and photographic branches of Olycom, Publifoto Notizie, Olimpia, Franca Speranza, Archivio Bungaro, Archivio Bernardi. The archive has 15 MLN photos going from the beginning of 1900 until the 90’s. On February 18, 2019, it signed an agreement of partnership with the Associated Press for photos and videos in Italy.

From 1997 to 2017, LaPresse was the official agency for Juventus FC and the official broadcasting channel called Juventus Channel on the Sky platform. From 2018 to 2020, it held similar roles for AC Milan and operated the Milan Channel. LaPresse was the official photo agency for AS Roma from 2019 to 2022 and for Lazio FC from 2000 to 2005. Since 2013, it has been the official agency for Torino FC, overseeing the Torino Channel.

LaPresse pioneered video news in Italy and integrated industrial photography with historical archives. Durante has managed media operations involving prominent personalities and brands, including the Agnelli family, Kissinger, Ranieri di Monaco, and Silvio Berlusconi, and handled the Elkann/Corona case.

In 2018, LaPresse SpA established a specialized division for television productions led by Elisa Ambanelli. Concurrently, the celebrity management segment expanded to include notable personalities such as Barbara d'Urso, Elisabetta Gregoraci, Andrea Iannone, Manuela Arcuri, Gaia Bermani Amaral, Adriana Volpe, Giovanni Ciacci, and Rita dalla Chiesa. Paola Barale, Belen Rodriguez, Sarà Mancuso, Loredana Lecciso, Barbara Matera, Emanuela Titocchia, Eleonora Giorgi, Licia Nunez, Claudio Lippi, Monica Bertini, Luana Ravagnini and Tiberio Timperi. In 2015 he became board member of the 2B television production company of Luna Berlusconi and Barbara D’Urso. In March 2021 after 6 years he terminated the partnership management with Barbara D’Urso declaring: “at this point it no longer made sense to continue our working relationship”. It was a decision after years of good contract but at the point we did reach was the best decision for both parts.

Between 2020-2023, LaPressse expanded its global footprint with offices in New York, Washington, Miami, Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Warsaw, Prague, Geneva, Vienna, Casablanca, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

In January 2023, LaPresse launched its international expansion plan in Spain, distributing photos, videos, and texts from AP, APTN, and LaPresse in English and Spanish. Since July 1, 2023, LaPresse has expanded its distribution to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

On June 15, 2023, Durante assumed the role of CEO and President, overseeing operations from the company's New York headquarters. He assumed responsibility across the East to West Coast, including Washington and Los Angeles, and established corporate relations with the White House in America.

For more information:
Press Office LaPresse - ufficio.stampa@lapresse.it

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