Variety has selected its 10 Producers to Watch for 2017, including June Pictures Chairman Andrew Duncan and CEO Alex Saks. Having originally launched at the Cannes Festival in 1998, this year’s Variety Producers to Watch will again be presented on the Croisette for the first time in over 15 years.
While the list hails from various corners of the globe, these creatively-minded producers all share one thing in common: impeccable taste. Their films have played festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Venice, and a full half of the honorees have titles in this year’s Cannes official competition.
The 10 producers to watch are:
Rosa Attab (“You Were Never Really Here”)
Oscar Boyson & Sebastian Bear-McClard (“Good Time”)
Hugues Charbonneau & Marie-Ange Luciani (“120 Beats Per Minute”)
Alexandra Fechner (“Alibi.com”)
Youree Henley (“The Beguiled”)
Henning Kamm (“One, Two, Three”)
Lee Dong-ha (“Train to Busan”)
Manish Mundra (“Newton”)
Marie-Jeanne Pascal & Melita Toscan du Plantier (“In the Fade”)
Alex Saks & Andrew Duncan (“The Florida Project”)
The producers will be profiled in Variety’s Cannes issue on May 16, and honored in person at an event during the festival.
The 10 to Watch series, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, spotlights emerging writers, actors, producers, directors, comics and cinematographers. Honorees are curated from submissions from the entertainment industry and selected by a team of Variety’s critics, reporters and editors.