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Omar Sy, Louis Leterrier & Thomas Benski Launch Film & TV Outfit Carrousel Studios

Actor and producer Omar Sy (Lupin), director-producer Louis Leterrier (Fast X) and producer and Pulse Films founder Thomas Benski (American Honey) are launching Carrousel Studios with bases in Paris, London, LA and Senegal.

The film and TV company will develop and produce projects for the global market and look to work closely with emerging and established talent. While not exclusive to the genres, the firm plans to lean into elevated action, thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy and comedy projects. It will also incorporate in-house marketing and communications for its projects. CAA Media Finance architected the financing for the venture.

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“By definition, a carrousel’s sole purpose is to entertain, no matter where the riders come from, no matter their age or background,” explained Sy, Leterrier and Benski in a joint statement. “Additionally, the word carrousel is understood around the globe and associated with magical moments. Our Carrousel will have that same feel, with a modern approach to making global content in an artists-first environment. This principle is the driving force and the culture of our company. It is not just for us but also for our creative partners and will transmit this joy to our audience. We have a great deal of respect for our diverse backgrounds and varied experiences, and what they both bring to the company.” The partnership is a reunion of sorts for Sy and Leterrier, who have worked together multiple times on award-winning series and films.

BAFTA nominee Benski co-founded and served as CEO of Pulse Films, before selling and ultimately leaving the company in 2022. His work spans film, TV and short form entertainment. Credits include Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey and hit series Gangs Of London.

Emmy winner Leterrier recently directed Fast X and will next direct the eleventh and final installment of the $7.5BN franchise. Additional credits include the Transporter franchise, Now You See Me and Sy starrer Lupin.

Golden Globe nominee Sy recently resumed the lead role in the third season of hit Netflix show Lupin. He previously garnered a César for his starring role in global smash Intouchables, the second highest-grossing French film ever, and scored a nomination for Roschdy Zem’s Chocolat. Other credits include Jurassic World Dominion, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and upcoming he has John Woo’s remake of The Killer.

Sy, Benski and Leterrier are represented by CAA. Leterrier is also represented by Entertainment 360, LBI, Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern and UBBA in France. Sy is also represented by Agence Adéquat in France.

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