Banijay France today announces scripted label, Shine Fiction, has landed its first commission since launching with Dominique Farrugia last year. Serial Lover is a co-production with Amaury Fournial (Sibaro Films) and will be distributed by Banijay Rights.
Written by Alice Den Broek and directed by Fred Berthe, Serial Lover is the story of a shrewd man who lives many different lives – a pilot, a surgeon, a broker, a journalist; developing a new personality for every identity and deceiving experts in each field. Handsome, charming, and attentive, exhilarated by his power, the deception becomes an art form as he manipulates all those around him, especially women who he targets and steals from. How many women have fallen in this trap?
For the victims, the consequences are heavy, they become isolated from their families, humiliated, and bankrupt. Joining forces to confront the man, they must overcome their prejudices, and even endanger their own shattered lives as they attempt to corner this dangerous predator. Serial Lover stars Flora Bonaventura, Helena Nogera, Odile Vuillemin, Elodie Frégé, and Jonathan Zacaï.
Serial Lover will premiere at La Rochelle next month.
Dominique Farrugia, Managing Director at Shine Fiction says: “Serial Lover is a heart-wrenching thriller, with a charismatic villain duping a string of lovers and professionals. But the women fight back to bring the man to justice. This is a tense and engaging story and we’re extremely pleased to be bringing this to the world with Banijay Rights.”
Amaury Fournial, President at Sibaro Films says: “It’s easy to see how this charming and suave manipulator manages to deceive multiple women in this gripping new drama. The compelling scripts from Alice Den Broek ensure the female voice is heard in this scenario, and expert direction from Fred Berthe create the strained atmosphere were looking for.”
Sibaro Films, launched in July 2019, strives to develop original French creations in close collaboration with broadcasters wishing to invest in ambitious works. The company is developing three series and one comedy, all based on true stories that go beyond fiction.
Shine Fiction officially launched in September 2021, building a pipeline of ambitious premium content for the French market, with international potential. The company has multiple series in development, including a 90-minute special for France 2, and a deal with talent agent Camille Trumer, giving the company the rights to adapt bestselling novels by Pierre Lemaitre.
Banijay France, led by François de Brugada, encompasses a line-up of boutique creative scripted labels including Marathon, Terence and Banijay Studios France, the company behind Marie Antoinette, which will premiere at La Rochelle next month, and has sold to Australia and the UK with further deals in the pipeline. Also within Banijay France is Alain Goldman’s production entities Pitchipoï Productions and Montmartre Films.
Banijay is home to the world’s best scripted producers, with over 50 diverse, award-winning labels across the company’s footprint in the UK, US, Australia, Nordics, Germany, Benelux, Iberia, Belgium, Israel, Italy, Poland, and India.