Gaumont inks prod’n deals

Parthenay, Prevost get first-look

CANNES — Despite a flurry of executive departures over the past year at Gallic major Gaumont, the company is maintaining ties to some of its former employees via a series of production deals.

Ex-Gaumont Multimedia topper Stephane Parthenay and producer-technician Emmanuel Prevost have each set up three-year first-look deals with the studio.

Parthenay, who started out programming theaters for Gaumont nine years ago, hung his Mordicus shingle a month ago and plans to develop feature films with his old employer.

The former colleagues Parthenay and Prevost still share offices, though not companies. Avalanche productions, Prevost’s outfit, signed its deal in early April with Gaumont and is already awaiting the release of “Exit,” a dark thriller from cult video/ad helmer Olivier Megaton that ARP Selection will distribute in France.

Prevost said Luc Besson’s Leeloo Prods. has sold “Exit” in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and is in negotiations for the U.S. and Canada.

Prevost is now on to the next Megaton project, “The Human Factor,” which he’s developing with the director in English.