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Alain Chabat, Amandine Billot, and Christine Rouxel are principals of the France-based production company Chez Wam, founded by Mr. Chabat in 1994.
Chez Wam has produced such feature films as Prête-moi ta main (a.k.a. I Do), directed by Eric Lartigau, based on Mr. Chabat’s original idea and in which he starred (receiving a César Award nomination for Best Actor); the boxoffice smash Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, which Mr. Chabat also wrote, directed, and starred in (as Julius Caesar); Bruno & Nicolas’ La Personne aux deux Personnes (a.k.a. Me Two); and Frédéric Balekdjian’s Un monde à Nous (A World of Our Own). Currently in post-production is Léa Fazer’s Ensemble c’est trop.
Chez Wam has further produced original content for DVD, including the “training video” Bricol’ Girls (written and directed by Mr. Chabat). The company has produced, for television, the game show Burger Quiz; the cartoon Avez-vous déjà vu? (Have You Ever Seen?); and Marion Vernoux’ miniseries Rien dans les poches (a.k.a. Night Birds), starring Emma de Caunes, whose performance earned her an International Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Ms. Rouxel joined Chez Wam in 2004, after several years at the production company TF1 Films. There, she selected and supervised all of the company’s projects including international co-productions; and had earlier coordinated children’s programming. Previously, she was a production executive at Clara Films.
Her career began in theater and the arts. She was part of a cultural delegation in Poland; an assistant director at the Opéra de Rennes; and worked with such directors as Robert Cantarella, Philippe Adrien, Jean-Louis Jacopin, and Jean Dautremay.
Ms. Billot came to Chez Wam in 1995 as a production executive. Since 2003, she has been the company’s general director.
Separately, she has been a producer’s representative for a number of feature films, among them Michel Hazanavicius’ Mes amis, starring Yvan Attal, and Alain Berbérian’s Paparazzi, starring Vincent Lindon.
Ms. Billot is vice president, and Mr. Chabat is president, of the foundation Les Toiles Enchantées (Enchanted Screens), which screens movies in 35mm for children and teenagers in hospitals.
Mr. Chabat has been one of France’s leading comedy filmmakers for over 15 years. Earlier, with Bruno Carette, Chantal Lauby, and Dominique Farrugia, he created the troupe Les Nuls. The group was the French equivalent to Saturday Night Live or Monty Python, writing and starring in television series. Mr. Chabat then began acting in films; his credits range from Josiane Balasko’s Gazon Maudit (a.k.a. French Twist) and Agnès Jaoui’s Le Goût des Autres (The Taste of Others), both of which brought him César Award nominations, to Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep and Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (as Napoleon). Millions of French moviegoers have also heard him as the voice of Shrek in the hit animated feature series, a fourth of which is due soon.
Mr. Chabat made his feature directorial debut with Didier, which he also wrote, produced, and starred in. Didier won the César Award for Best First Film. His second movie, Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, grossed over $100 million in France and remains one of the country’s all-time top-grossing pictures. His other films as writer/director include Chez Wam’s RRRrrrr!!!, starring Marina Foïs and Gérard Depardieu.
Chez Wam’s Los Angeles-based subsidiary is Wam Films, at which Mr. Chabat’s producing partner is Stephanie Danan. Wam Films, which is in post-production on Brian Robbins’ A Thousand Words (starring Eddie Murphy) has a first-look deal with Focus Features. Additionally, Wam Films’ feature development slate includes Second Life, with Gore Verbinski to direct; and Sex and Sylvia Plath, to be directed by John Madden.