Breakout project: As a producer “Me, Myself, I.” But in terms of business, Liron says it was nabbing the world sales mandate on “Shine” when he was acquisitions topper at Pandora.Greenlight wish list: “I’m With Katie,” a romantic comedy set in N.Y. about an American woman who ultimately finds love through a series of blind dates while deconstructing the practice to her skeptical European best friend. Pic has a greenlight for development financing and is in the final stages of that process, but will still need a production ‘go’ when the script is finished. Favorite producing maxim: “We invest, we don’t spend.” Most unexpected place he’s found talent: An incorrigible flirt, Liron tests several coy ripostes until finally surrendering, “on the Internet” in the form of an “exciting pitch” received via e-mail from South Africa that he “might do something with.” Power schmooze spot: Liron offers two answers here: Ayer’s Rock, Australia, or rowing in the canal of the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. The latter, he says, he’s never tried, but is planning on it.
HOLLYWOOD – Fabien Liron loves women. His first producing effort, the sleeper hit “Me Myself I,” was all about a woman (Rachel Griffiths) and his upcoming projects each have strong female characters. Indeed, this engaging Frenchman, who left Paris-based sales and production house Pandora three years ago to pursue a solo career, has a dynamic recipe for success. Generally, he speaks of an “openly commercial philosophy which focuses on developing highly enttertaining stories with strong concepts and combining them with the plus of European sensibility to enhance their international appeal,” and everything’s in English, too. As for the women, Liron adds, “The time has truly come to acknowledge the emotional leadership of women in our society by producing rich and unique female roles.” He means what he says. The slate at Fabulous Films, the shingle Liron has hanging at Gallic major Gaumont — with whom he has a first-look deal — reads like an actress’s dream. On deck is “I’m With Katie,” to be produced by Gaumont and Fabulous Films in association with Tim Perell’s Eureka Pictures. The original screenplay by Eric Pomerance will be helmed by Jon Sherman (“Breathing Room”). Next up is “That Funny Old Thing,” a British romantic comedy that Liron will produce with Norma Heyman (“Dangerous Liaisons”). The film is about a group of friends in their late 20s trying to reorganize their priorities in life. When one of them decides to become a priest, the others make a bet to be celibate for six months. Two Scottish comedies with female protagonists complete Liron’s upcoming mix of eclectic fare. “The Last Great Ghost Tour” is a supernatural comedy penned by David Solomons about an American woman in Edinburgh who awakens the ghost of an executioner who killed one of her ancestors. The remaining pic is “Footsucker,” based on the book by Geoff Nicholson, scripted by Jake Michie, and to be produced by Carol-Ann and Aileen Docherty with Liron. Pic is a sexy, offbeat comedy that deals with the relationship between a sexually adventurous woman and a likable foot-obsessed British man.
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