New moniker for Girard's shingle


TORONTO -- Suzanne Girard's BBR Prods. has relaunched itself under the name DS Films.

Girard, who launched BBR in 1981, will remain CEO and executive producer. The new company will be backed by parent DS Prods., which is led by Canadian actor Roc Lafortune, Quebec producer-director Sylvain Archambault and Alain Lemieux, president of the World Sports Alliance.

Girard, whose recent credits include the Susan Sarandon starrer "Emotional Arithmetic," said DS Films plans to produce a slate of four to six English-language movies during the next three years with combined budgets of CAN$60 million ($56.5 million).

A year ago, Girard severed her six-year partnership with Montreal-based concert promoter L'Equipe Spectra, which included the successful TV franchise "Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City" and its French-language counterpart, "Chroniques de San Francisco."
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