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Paris Images: High-flying Gallic TV Dramas Boosts France’s Epinay Studios Biz

5 February 2016 8:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Founded in 1907 by film lab and production company Eclair, Epinay Studios is France’s oldest studio complex, used by greats such as Marcel Carne, Jean Renoir, Milos Forman and Bertrand Blier. Epinay has four studios, including its famous 16,145 sq. ft. “F” stage, plus two 8,600 sq. ft. stages and one 2,150 sq. ft. stage.

Last year was a strong one for the studio, according to sales executive Eric Moreau. Productions included a major primetime comedy TV series, “PEPs” (a French acronym for “parents, students and teachers”), which has been lensing at Epinay for the past three years, occupying the two 8,600 sq. ft.stages. It has just completed its final season.

Moreau explains that there is increasing demand for studio space to film TV fiction, but that it’s important to reserve space for cinema production. For example, in 2015, Olivier Baroux’s comedy “Entre Amis,” starring Daniel Auteuil, wanted to film at Epinay, »

- Martin Dale

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Nicolas Benamou on ‘Full Speed’: ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Meets ‘Speed’

17 January 2016 11:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Nicolas Benamou’s credit rises by the hour – or 90 minutes, to be more exact. Gonzo bro comedy “Babysitting 2,” which he co-directed with franchise star Philippe Lacheau, is France’s third biggest French bow of 2015 and 25% up on the 2014 original. Punching a first-six-week 2.9 million admissions in France for Universal Pictures Intl. – some €18.8 million ($20.6 million) in gross box office – from a Dec. 2 bow, it is still No. 3 at the French B.O., the biggest in Europe with the U.K.’s.

Now, coming soon to France, is his first solo outing since the saga: “Full Speed.” It has large production pedigree: Marci Cherqui’s Chic Films, which backed Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet”; Thomas Langmann at La Petite Reine, who won 2012’s Best Picture Oscar for “The Artist”; Wild Bunch, which co-produces and distributes in France. Starring Andre Dussollier (“My Golden Days”) and José Garcia (“Would I Lie to You »

- John Hopewell

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