Born in Genoa, Italy in 1968, Walter Iuzzolino grew up in a household which loved film and he spent most of his childhood squirreled away in his local cinema, bingeing on a diet of Fellini and Bergman. This fuelled his passion and he soon immersed himself in foreign-language drama, indulging in everything from German cop shows to badly-dubbed Latin American sagas. He studied English Literature at Genoa University completing a PhD in American Literature, specialising in Henry James. He moved to London in 1995, where he got his first job as a script reader at Pathe and British Screen.
After 10 years working as a freelance producer across the Independent sector, Walter joined Channel 4 to become a Commissioning editor for Features, where he commissioned hit long running series, Restoration Man, Embarrassing Bodies, Country House Rescue and controversial The Sex Education Show.
Walter left Channel 4 to join Betty Productions in 2010 as Creative Director. The company was sold to Discovery in 2011 and Walter left at the beginning of 2014 to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Since then he’s spent hundreds of hours locked in a dark room, hand-picking the most compelling, explosive, funny and sexy shows from around the world.
Walter Presents launched in the UK in January 2016 to huge critical acclaim. The service is a partnership between Global Series Network and Channel 4 and is exclusively available, free-of-charge to UK viewers, via Channel 4’s digital hub, All 4. It’s launch show, Deutschland 83 became the highest rating foreign language drama in UK TV history and in its first year Walter Presents smashed all expectations, clocking up over 17 million streams.
Walter presents launched in the US as a standalone SVOD service in March 2017, with the New York Times hailing it as a ‘chic TV boutique with a foreign accent’ – the US launch is the first stage in a planned global rollout.