Legende expands into U.S.

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Paris-based production company Legende is launching a U.S. subsidiary, Legende Films, and has named Nancy Griffin as its Los Angeles-based president of development and production.

Riding the success of "La Vie en Rose," Legende is looking to establish itself in the U.S. as it develops more films for the international market.

Headed by producer Alain Goldman, Legende recently struck a financial partnership with French investment company Serendipity, co-owned by industrialists Bouygues and Pinault and headed by Patrick Le Lay. Serendipity now holds 35% of Legende.

Legende also extended its worldwide distribution deal (except for the U.S.) with StudioCanal.

"The objective of Legende Films is to work with English-speaking directors, writers and actors to produce significant yet entertaining films," Goldman said.

A longtime journalist, Griffin is co-author of "Hit and Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood."
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