Dominique Farrugia, a popular French comedian-turned-filmmaker, has joined Studiocanal as co-managing director of productions.
A long-time collaborator of Luc Besson, Farrugia joins Studiocanal from Besson’s EuropaCorp, where he spearheaded the development and production of French movies, notably “Sous le meme toit” (which he directed) with Gilles Lellouche, and the upcoming comedy “CoeXister,”directed by Fabrice Eboué.
At Studiocanal, Farrugia will be in charge of developing and overseeing the production of French comedies that have the potential of attracting international audiences. Earlier this year, Studiocanal released French comedy “alibi.com.”
Farrugia will be working closely with Géraldine Gendre, who heads up French production and distribution at Studiocanal. He will report to Didier Lupfer, the head of StudioCanal, and Maxime Saada, the boss of Canal Plus Group. Farrugia will also act as film and fiction advisor to Saada.
Farrugia is the latest in a string of executives who have exited the financially-struggling EuropaCorp since September, following Edouard de Vesinne, the former deputy CEO, and CEO Marc Shmuger, who is stepping down next month.
Farrugia ranks as one of France’s best-known comedy talents. His career took off in the early 1980s with the launch of Canal Plus. The comedy troupe “Les Nuls,” which he formed with Alain Chabat, Bruno Carette and Chantal Lauby, became iconic in France and symbolized the irreverent spirit of Canal Plus in its early years.