Valerie Garcia, a well-respected film executive and co-founder of Mars Films in France, has launched a new production store in Paris, Gabman. The banner’s strong first roster includes projects with Paramount+, Federation Entertainment and SND Fiction.
While at Mars Films, Garcia co-produced and distributed some of France’s biggest hits, including “Polisse” by Maiwenn and Two is a Family with Omar C. The company, which was acquired by Vivendi in 2021, has also handled the French distribution of major independent films such as Academy Award-winning “Twelve Years a Slave” and “Moonlight.”
At Gabman, Garcia will develop and produce projects ranging from films to documentaries, live events and series, working closely with filmmakers and artists.
Garcia works alongside Tristan Du Laz, another senior film executive who previously ran TF1 Studio before launching Original Factory, an innovative co-production and distribution company dedicated to delivering films to platforms. On top of sharing their opulent offices located in a historic multi-storey building in the heart of Paris, Original Factory has been acquired by Gabman and the two executives collaborate on several projects.
Japman’s opening slate includes On The Edge, an English-language geopolitical thriller series inspired by true stories that weave corruption and fake news. The series was written by Mark Macaluso, along with Peter Salas, an international lawyer, and Boris Durandy, a political communications expert.
Gabman is also co-developing with SND Fiction, the television production division of France’s second largest commercial network, ‘Resilienza’, a series based on Laurent Jacqua’s life.
A French writer and activist, Jacoa spent more than 20 years in prison. He was first sentenced at age 18 for the murder of a clean-shaven head. Xavier Gens (“Crossing Lines”) will show and direct the series with Jacqua himself and Stefan Cable. Garcia compared “Resilienza” to Peter Weir’s “Society of Dead Poets” and Jacques Audiard’s “Prophet” prison thriller.
Gapman also collaborated with Myriam Veil at Federal Studios to produce an original feature documentary written by Cyrine Boulanoir, who previously co-directed “Les étoiles Vagabondes” with famous French rapper Nekvu. The documentary has been requested by Paramount+.
The company’s other projects include a freely inspired eco-thriller mini-series Greta Thunberg and Léna Lazare. The series is written by Vincent Visco and Marc Moawad.
“With Gabman, my ambition is to produce talent that has a proven track record, as well as discover and work with emerging filmmakers on individual projects and are politically involved,” Garcia said. She said the company will also look to produce content that can appeal to a wider audience and be viewed on multiple platforms. Garcia added that the banner aims to bring together young talents in various fields, including films, series, documentaries and music. The company name, Gabbman, combines the names of her two sons, Gaben and Manon.
Gabman’s list of film projects includes “Louis”, the feature debut of Nicholas Keitel (“Le bon copain”). The story revolves around a mother and her two daughters. Garcia is also set to co-produce Robert Everett’s next film “Lost and Found in Paris” with Jeremy Thomas’ Recorded Picture Company.
Among the projects jointly developed by Gabman and the Original Factory is ‘Claire Voyens’, a series co-written by Didier Van Cauffelert, whose credits include ‘Unknown’ starring Liam Neeson, Genevieve Delbach (“Je t’aime etc.) The series is also being co-developed with Synchronization.Aside from Claire Voyance, Gabman and The Original Factory are also collaborating on an ambitious English-language science fiction film series called “Code War”.