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FremantleMedia acquires French scripted producer Kwai

MUMBAI: FremantleMedia has acquired a majority stake in French scripted producer Kwai.

The Paris-based fiction company specialises in TV films and series and is headed by writer and producer Thomas Bourguignon, creator of the popular French detective series ‘Femmes de Loi’ that ran from 2000-2009.

With the recent acquisition of Fontaram, the deal gives FremantleMedia more scripted prowess in France and adds another creative talent to its global network. This is the latest in a number of acquisitions and creative talent partnerships by FremantleMedia including Corona, Wildside, Fontaram, Naked Entertainment, No Pictures Please and Skylark.

Bourguignon has extensive experience and success in France and aims to produce series that appeal beyond the French borders.

The deal was brokered by FremantleMedia France CEO Monica Galer, who will also be the new CEO of Kwai.

Galer said, “Thomas Bourguignon is a brilliant writer and producer and we look forward to creating some really exciting scripted projects with him in France and beyond.”

Kwai has recently delivered two TV films ‘Un Fils’ and ‘Meurtre a Carcassonne’, as well as a pilot ‘Le Zebre’, all on air earlier this year.

Their upcoming series include ‘Republican Gangsters’ for Canal+ and ‘Godzilla’ for Arte.

Prior to founding Kwai, Bourguigon was a film critic for Positif as well as a member of Gilles Jacob’s selection committee for the Cannes Film Festival for five years. He also worked as a TV program counsellor for M6, following which he joined Alizés Films where he created and produced ‘Femmes de Loi’.

In 2002, Bourguignon set up BB Films with Patrick Benedek. Together, they produced several series for various French TV channels.