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Go local for Gallic production advice

Variety profiles 10 French production managers

For a happy shoot in Gaul, there’s one rule: Get a good, locally based production manager. Variety profiles 10.

John Bernard, Jake Prods./Peninsula Films
+33 6 09 45 62 62
jb@monaco.mc
Credits: A Hollywood favorite, handling everything from action in Paris with “G.I. Joe” to the more sedate “Julie & Julia.” Currently working on Martin Scorsese’s “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”

Raphael Benoliel, Firstep
+33 6 50 19 10 59
raphael@firstep.fr
Credits: After the period detail of “Cheri,” is set to co-produce and line-produce Woody Allen’s Gaul project. First port-of-call for Brit productions, now splits time between Paris and L.A.

Christine Raspillere
+33 1 49 95 07 50, +33 6 07 34 21 59
raspi@club-internet.fr
Credits: Since period piece “Marie Antoinette,” has line-produced locally on “The Girl From Monaco” and managed Gallic shoots on “The Bourne Ultimatum.”

Guy Pechard, Bliss
+33 1 49 49 59 60
guy@bliss.fr
Credits: Combines commercials and production projects with line work, notably Ridley Scott’s “A Good Year.”

Masa Sawada, Comme Des Cinemas
33 1 44 29 74 00
Comme-des-cine@wanadoo.fr
Credits: Alternates personal projects, such as Carax-Gondry-Joon-Hos’ “Tokyo,” with line-producing jobs such as Paris-shot Japanese double feature “Nodame Cantabile.”

Antonin Dedet, Neon Prods.
+33 4 91 08 21 71, +33 1 48 00 02 23
ad@neon.fr
Credits: Working between Marseille and Paris, line-produced local Oscar nom “The Prophet” as well as American indies “Fay Grimm” and “The Rebound.”

Daniel Thom, Esp Prods.
+33 1 42 05 90 90
espeprods@wanadoo.fr
Credits: Usually handles big commercials out of Asia, but recently stepped into movies with Gallic end of Lionsgate’s “Killers.”

Renaud Mathieu
+33 6 30 55 21 52.
mathieuph@orange.fr
Credits: Has hit gold handling exteriors for Shine’s BBC TV series “Merlin” at Pierrefonds castle in Picardy. Currently on season three.

Sabrina Suchdev, Prodywood
+33 6 24 48 14 33
prodywood@gmail.com
Credits: A specialist in Indian movies, with “Asal” among the first to go beyond song-and-dance numbers and shoot mainly in France. Currently handling 50-day Gallic shoot of Prabhu Deva’s “Ich.”

Jean-Patrick Costantini, Tanit Prods.
+33 607 287 484
jp@tanit-prod.com
Credits: On top of Euro pics “The Man From London” and “A Very Long Engagement,” has growing rep for handling Indian shoots, such as “London Dreams.”

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