Pablo Fendrik's 'El Ardor'
Paris-based BAC Films, one of France's most respected sales agent, production company and distributor will be showing a promo of the long awaited film, El
co-produced by and starring Gael Garcia Bernal. This is the second co-production of Canana, the production and distribution company of Gael Garcia Bernal
and Julian Levin
and Jeff Skoll
’s Participant Media
's Participant Panamerica. The Academy
Award nominated NO
was their first film together.
BAC Films' David Grumbach
This month prolific producer David Grumbach
acquired BAC films with the backing of a consortium of French and European investors. Previously a subsidiary
of the publicly traded BAC Majestic which was majority owned by the animation house Millimages, it will now independently control BAC Films Distribution,
the BAC brands and the exclusive right to sell the BAC back catalogue. BAC Films Distribution currently controls a 0.45% stake in the French market.
Grumbach's production companies Juliette Film and Jaya Productions will continue to operate as he becomes CEO. Eric Chinchon, a Luxembourg-based business
structuring and financing specialist, will act as CFO.
Grumbach said he intended to grow the company in the direction of “a full service European mini major capable of intervening in the entire process of a
To that end, BAC will board international projects at an earlier stage and have a strong presence throughout development, financing, production and
Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's 'The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears'
BAC’s managing director, Mathieu Robinet will remain in place, overseeing the core activities of acquisition and theatrical, TV, DVD and VOD distribution,
international sales and production.
Grumbach’s recent co-production credits include Ari Folman’s The Congress
and Sylvie Testud’s Another Woman’s Life
Upcoming productions include Rob and Ronan Burke’s Standby
French-born Grumbach started out as a production manager in Luxembourg,
before working as a producer for Paul Thiltges Distributions. His
consortium-backed acquisition of BAC Films comes six years after
its founder Jean Labadie was ousted as managing director of the company
majority shareholder Millimages
Labadie originally created BAC in 1986, floating the company in 2000 under the Bac Majestic banner. Animation house Millimages took over as the
majority shareholder in 2004, after the company over-diversified and hit financial problems.