Sydney Gallonde, the French producer of Harlan Coben-penned “No Second Chance,” is launching Make it Happen Studio, a Paris-based independent production outfit.
Financially backed by Alliance Entreprendre, a private equity subsidiary of Natixis group, Make it Happen Studio will be dedicated to producing premium drama for French and international audiences.
Gallonde, whose credits include “No Second Chance,” the TV drama adaptation of Coben’s bestseller whose ratings broke a ten-year record on TF1, is reteaming with Coben and TF1 on “Just One Look.”
Another adaptation of a Coben bestseller, “Just One Look” will start shooting in August with French actress Virginie Ledoyen. Rolling off the success of “No Second Chance,” France’s leading commercial broadcaster TF1 picked up the show while its sales arm, TF1 International, is handling worldwide distribution rights.
Gallonde’s first foray into drama production, “No Second Chance” was scooped by Netflix and got sold to 64 countries, on top of winning the best series award at last year’s La Rochelle festival, and another award at Shanghai Television Festival.
“Thanks to my financial partners, I am able to start this new adventure with the necessary resources to support my ambitions,” said Gallonde, who described himself as an avid viewer of TV drama.
“I want to be able to express myself creatively to make content that I know viewers across the globe will want to watch,” added Gallonde.
Antoine Bodet, partner at Alliance Entreprendre, pointed out, “European channels and platforms require exclusive and premium content – Sydney’s talent and past achievements have convinced us that he is the man to develop and create premium series and projects on an international scale.”