Gianluca Chakra
Courtesy of Front Row Filmed Entertainment
Italy Lebanon
2021

Front Row Filmed Entertainment

Gianluca
Chakra

CEO

Chakra, who has been steadily growing as a film distributor in the region, forged a joint venture with Saudi Arabian exhibition chain Movie Cinemas in January 2021 to launch distribution and exhibition company Front Row Arabia, which has started to cash in on Saudi’s current theatrical boom. He is also ramping up production, having recruited Oscar-winning Irish writer-director Terry George (“In the Name of the Father”) and Egyptian writer Mariam Naoum to co-pen his company’s first high-end Arabic serial killer series, “The Alexandria Killings,” on which George will serve as showrunner. The show is being developed by Dubai-based film and TV company Yalla Yalla, a joint venture between Front Row and London-based sales and financing company Rocket Science.

Career

  • FAHRENHEIT 9/11
  • LITTLE MONSTERS
  • JUDY

Education

  • Notre Dame University (Lebanon)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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