Producer Profile: Bonne Pioche (France)

Bonne Pioche
April 1, 2007

Bonne Pioche


Note this entry as The Return of the Penguins. While Bonne Pioche’s (with National Geographic Feature Film and Warner Independent Pictures) March of the Penguins strolled out to about US$80 million at box office in 2005, their trek continued well into 2006, with tv and dvd appearances, keeping the franchise top-of-mind for a significant number of readers. Observes one, the film is ‘A great lesson in how to turn a natural phenomenon into a dramatic narrative. [This film] moves the natural history documentary genre on to a new height.’

In fact, the film has become so ingrained in the collective zeitgeist of international viewers that Bob Saget was able to parody it to some acclaim in a direct-to-dvd feature, Farce of the Penguins. Perhaps the original filmmakers might agree that they lost out on a prime opportunity for humor in Penguins, given that they followed the film with the mockumentary Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac (roughly, In the Skin of Jacques Chirac) in 2006.

Recent titles: Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac, March of the Penguins

Employees: 15 in Paris, 3 in New York

Hours this year: 30-plus

Upcoming includes: The Manias of Fellini, Reverse Exploration (C4)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.