KWAÏ

france

Contact

 

THOMAS BOURGUIGNON

Producer

 

kwai@kwai.tv

+33 1 56 53 67 70

 

www.kwai.tv

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Company Profile

 

After working for the French television broadcaster M6 as a commissioning editor for three years, Thomas Bourguignon became a producer for Alizés Films in 1997 and created the successful show Femmes de loi for TF1 (44 episodes).
He is also a screenwriter and a director. In 2009, he wrote and directed Words of Love, a TV movie which was selected for the Montreal Film Festival, FIPA, the Banff Film Festival, and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). He also wrote with Olivier Gorce the TV movie Natural Selection (2010).
 

In 2007, he founded his own production company, Kwaï, which became part of the Fremantle family in 2015. Kwaï produces high-end drama (TV movies and series) and was elected best TV producer in 2017 in France.
It works with the main French channels and has currently produced for Canal+, TF1, France 2, France 3 and Arte.

 

In addition to the French TV market, Kwaï is developing internationally-oriented series for broadcasters and plateforms:
- OUIJA, a 6 x 52’ series coproduced with Joërg Winger’s UFA in Germany.
- WINTER’S MIND, a 3 x 52’ coproduction for Arte.

 

Why «Kwaï»? Why that name? Because producing a series is like building a bridge over a river in the jungle, with people speaking different languages, and still believing in it! Building bridges between people, cutlures, countries, that’s our motto.

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Company Highlights

BARON NOIR (BLACK BARON) - SEASON 3  2020

Genre:             TV Series / 8 x 52' / Canal+

Genre:             Political Thriller

Director:          Antoine Chevrollier & Thomas Bourguignon

Screenplay:     Eric Benzekri, Raphaël Chevènement, Thomas Finkielkraut & Olivier Demangel

Cast:                Kad Merad, Anna Mouglalis, Hugo Becker, Astrid Whettnall, François Morel, Rachida Brakni,
                          Alex Lutz, Patrick Mille

After having worked so long in the shadows and “made” the last two Presidents of the Republic, the Baron noir decides to work on his own presidential candidacy. This is the whole point of this season 3.
Because in France, this king-poll is the “mother of all battles”, the election around which everything is organized and redisposed. Everything depends on it: the other elections, the fate of the parties and their leaders. However, in the international context of the rise of populism, this very particular election, which some profess to be “driving people crazy”, is becoming as open as it is uncertain.
If our hero combines handicaps – too “old world” to make new, he also drags his criminal record like a ball and chain – he nevertheless has a rare strength that seemed to be asleep forever in the age of fake news and social networks: political sense, precisely at the moment when tragedy signs his return to history.

REUNIONS  2020

Format:            TV Series / 6 x 52’ / France 2 / Tabo Tabo / Tangor

Genre:              Comedy

Director:          Laurent Dussaux

Screenplay:     Isabelle Dubernet, Eric Fuhrer, Nicolas Douay, Thomas Bourguignon, Jérôme Le Mest, Hélène
                           Le Gal, Vladimir Haulet, Yannick Hervieu & Laurent Mondy

Cast:                 Laëtitia Milot, Loup-Denis Elion, Sara Martins, Nicolas Bridet, Pascal Légitimus, Nicolas
                           Chupin, Eva Darlan

 

When their father dies, two half-brothers, one white, the other of mixed race, meet for the first time and learn they’ve inherited a lodge they must run together in the Réunion. The island may be a piece of paradise, but the task won’t be simple for these two very different families. Will they manage to form a close-knit tribe ?

 

THE LAST WAVE   2019

Format:            TV Series / 6 x 52’ / France 2 / TV Presse Productions

Genre:              Drama Supernatural

Director:          Rodolphe Tissot

Screenplay:      Raphaëlle Roudaut, Alexis Le Sec, Sophie Hiet

Cast:                 David Kammenos, Marie Dompnier, Lola Dewaere, Arnaud Binard, Guillaume Cramoisan, Odile
                           Vuillemin, Isabel Otero, Olivier Barthélémy, Alexia Earlier, Roberto Calvet, Capucine Valmary,
                           Gaël Raes, Théo Christine

 

That day in Brizan, a peaceful seaside resort in the Landes, everything changes with the arrival of the first Wave coming from a stagnant arcus over the ocean: a wave of clouds that, like a tsunami, will provoke the disappearance of surfers. The first of a series of phenomena that will be faced by the inhabitants of this small community, disrupting their intimate lives and the surrounding landscape.
Once the surfers come back, they discover themselves endowed with strange powers like the gift of apnea, the gift of healing, an accelerated pregnancy, etc. While most residents of Brizan are frightened by all these changes, other residents think that these surfers have been changed by the cloud, that Nature has made its missionaries … If so, why? Is it a simple climate change or, as some say, the beginning of the revolt of Nature? How will the inhabitants react to this phenomenon?

Séries Mania 2019

THE MIRACLE  2018

Format:            TVSeries / 8 x 52’ / Arte / Sky / Wildside

Genre:             Thriller

Director:          Niccolò Ammaniti, Francesco Munzi, Lucio Pellegrini 

Screenplay:     Niccolò Ammaniti, Francesca Manieri, Francesca Marciano, Stefano Bises

Cast:                Guido Caprino, Alba Rohrwacher, Lorenza Indovina, Elena Lietti, Tommaso Ragno, Monica Bellucci

During a raid into the hiding place of a head of the mafia, the police discovers a little statue of the Madone crying blood tears. This phenomenon seems to be unexplicable as the enigmatic object brings everybody who approaches it into a mystical ecstasy and overwhelms them.

Séries Mania (Special Jury Prize & Best actor award for Tommaso Ragno)

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