‘Azur’ draw duo deal

S2 Intl and Intuition create prod'n alliance

MADRID — Ele Juarez’s Intuition and Stephane Sorlat’s S2 Intl. have created a project-by-project production alliance.

Their first film is Euro co-prod toon feature “Azur et Asmar,” helmed by Michel Ocelot, director of the acclaimed “Kirikou and the Sorceress.” More projects are expected to be announced early next year.

A former well-known French distribution exec, the Madrid-based Sorlat’s knowledge of the French market and players is un-rivalled in Spain. Juarez’s tenure of top exec positions in the U.S. and Spain gives him peerless contacts in Spain with the corpo-rate U.S. and Latin America.

He established Intuition Media in 2003 as a consultancy and soon launched a film production division Intuition Films, headed by son Patrick Juarez. Its first venture has been a minority stake in the Andres Vicente Gomez’s “Isi Disi,” the second highest grossing Spanish film this year, cuming Euros 7.3 million ($9.7 million).

“Ele Juarez is an expert on the Anglo-American and Latin American market. An alliance with him is natural,” said Sorlat. “Our idea is to expand into France, the U.S. and eventually Asia. Stephane Sorlat is a perfect partner,” added Intuition Films general manager Patrick Juarez.

The Euros10 million ($13.3 million) “Azur et Asmar” is directed by one of the leading-lights of Europe’s burgeoning toon feature production, a sector which is seen as a growth biz for the continent. “Kirikou” took over 1.5 million admissions in France, and racked up just north of $400,000 in B.O. in both Spain and Germany.

The story of two boys who are separated and grow up as a Muslim and Christian before re-meeting, “Azur” is also produced by France’s Nord-Ouest and Italy’s Lucky Red. It recently pulled down $665,000 in equity funding from the Council of Europe’s pan-European co-production fund Eurimages.

Its animators include Kyle Badla (“Monsters Inc.,” “Toy Story 2”) as director of animation and DreamWorks’ Daniel Cacoault as artistic director.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety