Marco Cucco was born in Urbino (Italy). After his high-school studies in classical domain, he moved to Lugano (Switzerland) for studying Communication at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (aka University of Lugano) and he graduated in 2004. In 2009 he received a PhD in Communication Sciences at the same university, where he served for many years as teaching assistant, post-doc research fellow, lecturer in “Film Economics and Management” and coordinator of the MSc in Media Management. Moreover, for more than ten years he collaborated with the University of Zurich and the University of Lausanne within the project "Réseau Cinéma Suisse". Since September 2018, he is Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of the Arts at the University of Bologna (Italy) where he teaches “History of Italian Cinema” and “Documetary Cinema”. He is also member of the "Joint Committee" and of the "Committee for granting scholarships for visiting research periods abroad" at the same Department, and member of the scientific committee of "La Soffitta".
He has been a visiting PhD student at the City University of New York (USA, 2007-08); visting scholar at the University of Lorraine (France, 2012), at the University of Leeds (UK, 2015, Swiss-European Mobility Programme) and at the University of Udine (Italy, 2016, Swiss-European Mobility Programme). He has also been adjunct professor at the Université de Strasbourg (France, 2016) and at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, in Milan (Italy, 2015-2018). Within the initiative "The week of the Italian language in the world", he gave special lectures at the Capital Normal University (Beijing, China), Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong), Shanghai Academy Theater (Shanghai, China) and Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt).
His research interests concern film economics and policy (main investigation areas: USA, European Union, Italy and Switzerland), US high-budget movies, European co-productions and the outsourcing of film shooting. He collaborated in several researched projects financed by public and private bodies. On this regard, he has been involved in a three-year research project on the international circulation of Italian cinema financed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (PRIN 2015) serving as expert in film policy.
Marco Cucco published three books: Economia del film. Industria, politiche, mercati/Film Economics. Industry, policy, markets (Carocci 2020), Il mercato delle location cinematografiche/The Film Location Market (Marsilio 2013, with Giuseppe Richeri), and Il film blockbuster. Storia e caratteristiche delle grandi produzioni hollywoodiane/Blockbuster Movies: History and Features of High-budget Hollywood Films (Carocci 2010), and he edited two volumes: La trama dei media. Stato, imprese, pubblico nella società dell’informazione/The Media Plot: State, Companies and Audience in the Information Society (Carocci 2014) and Il cinema di Stato. Finanziamento pubblico ed economia simbolica nel cinema italiano contemporaneo/Cinema of the State. Public Financing and Symbolic Economy in Contemporary Italian Cinema (Il Mulino 2017, with Giacomo Manzoli). He also wrote many articles published by peer-reviewed journals (Studies in European Cinema, Film Studies, Media, Culture & Society, European Journal of Communication, Studies in Communication Sciences, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Studi culturali, L’avventura, Economia della cultura, Bianco e nero and Comunicazioni sociali) and book chapters (main publishers: Routledge, Palgrave, Springer, Sage, Intellect, Schüren, Carocci, Marsilio, Mimesis, ecc.).
Marco Cucco served as external examiner for a PhD viva at the University of York (UK) and as referee for PhD theses (University of Udine and University of Cagliari, Italy), academic publishing companies (Palgrave, Bloomsbury and UTET), conferences (ECREA-Film Studies Section), and research foundations (FWO, Flanders). Moreover, he regularly serves as blind referee for scientific journals: New Political Economy, The International Journal on Media Management, Global Media and China, View-Journal of European Television History and Culture, Academic Quarter, Journal of Mediterranea Studies, Cinéma & Cie, Observatorio, Comunicazioni sociali, Bianco e nero, L'Avventura-International Journal of Italian Film and Media Landscape, Cinergie, Cinema e storia, Almatourism-Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development, Piano b and Imago.
In April 2017, he obtained the national scientific qualification (ASN–Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) as an associate professor.