European film, television and media group Wild Bunch is preparing to strengthen its involvement in production and co-productions in France, placing long-time internal executives Adeline Fontan Tessaur and Jérôme Rougier in charge of the effort. They will remain respectively Managing Director of Elle Driver and Director of French theatrical distribution, and will lead acquisitions with a particular emphasis on co-productions. The first films will be announced in the coming weeks.
The push in France follows similar developments in Wild Bunch’s subsidiaries in Germany, Italy and Spain. Recently appointed COO of Wild Bunch, Marc Gabizon, created and developed the Wild Bunch activity in Germany and continues the policy of growing production and co-production in Europe.
Wild Bunch has been dealing with internal changes and new arrivals over the past year. This recently includes the implementation of key promotions in the independent sales subsidiary Wild Bunch International, as well as the obtaining of a line of credit of 35 million euros this summer and the creation of BIM Production in Italy at the end of 2019.
In France, Wild Bunch Distribution will soon publish Nicole Garcia’s competition in Venice Lovers, as good as Teheran’s Law by Saeed Roustaee, Tokyo shaking by Olivier Peyon, and the latest from Studio Ghibli, Earwig and the Witch, among others.
Currently on the Elle Driver sales slate are titles such as The Things We Say The Things We Do by Emmanuel Mouret, Our best years by Gabriele Muccino, and The vigil by Keith Thomas.
Wild Bunch Television (Medici: Masters of Florence, Four Seasons in Havana, The Name of the Rose, Nudes) remains in charge of mass production in France under the responsibility of Gregory Strouk. A new slate will soon be unveiled.