The producer of over 1,000 Italian documentaries and many television shows and series, Gianni Hecht Lucari has worked closely with some of his country's most esteemed directors. A native of Vienna, he studied in Italy and Switzerland. He then served with the Italian Intelligence as a liaison officer to the British Army. Following the war's end, Hecht Lucari started producing films. Directors with whom he has worked include Alessandro Blasetti and Luigi Zampa. Many films produced by Hecht Lucari have won awards at international film festivals.