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Fabrique.fr partners with Spice Factory

La Fabrique.fr, a Gallic production and distribution company dedicated to commercial genre films, has been launched in France with the partnership of the U.K.’s Spice Factory.

The company has been set up by Gallic industryite Frank Ribiere, former managing director of Hachette Fillipacchi Films, who is majority shareholder in the new venture.

Minority partners are Spice Factory — which is already co-producing films with Lux Video in Italy and plans to enter Spain and Germany — as well as Thomas Augsberger of Eden Roc Media and Verane Frediani, host of French pay TV channel Canal Plus’ “Le Journal du Cinema.”

La Fabrique.fr company will produce up to two films a year with budgets anywhere from $5 million-$20 million, and distribute another four, says Ribiere.

“We want to make films using American know-how but with a European mindset,” Ribiere says. “There is an open field for a new acquisitions company in France, as long as it’s not killed by numbers in terms of the cost of the films and the number of projects produced or distributed.”

Spice Factory will raise half the financing of each project, with the the rest of the funds coming from France or other territories.

La Fabrique will tap into Spice Factory partners Michael Cowan and Jason Piette’s Movision equity fund and it plans to distribute Spice Factory product in France. No projects have been announced yet.

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