Gianluca Chakra
Courtesy of Front Row Filmed Ent.
Italy Lebanon
2022

Front Row Filmed Entertainment

Gianluca
Chakra

CEO

Chakra’s Dubai-based company has long been at the forefront of distributing independent cinema to the MENA region, but it kicked off 2022 with its first production, “Perfect Strangers,” an Arabic-language remake of the 2016 Italian hit. Netflix boarded the project last year after signing a first-look deal with Front Row. “Perfect Strangers” topped the platform’s most viewed chart in countries such as Morocco, Egypt and Saudi Arabia and also sparked a massive regional debate on freedom of speech. The company is in post on a slate of Arabic-language productions, including a remake of “Les Intouchables.” Front Row acquires around 120 titles a year, a third of which are released in theaters. It also has joint ventures with MUVI Cinemas in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait’s Cinescape Cinemas.  

Career

  • FAHRENHEIT 9/11
  • LITTLE MONSTERS
  • JUDY

Education

  • Notre Dame University (Lebanon)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
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