Sydney Gallonde

Sydney began his career by working on branded content programmes with agencies such as TBWA, Carat, Omnicom Fuse, and Havas. A key player in the audiovisual market since 2006, he has worked in various fields and within diverse partnerships, including Elephant & Cie, Canal +, Andetcetera, 39 Productions, and JLA for broadcasters like TF1, M6, Canal +, and France 3. In 2014, he took on the huge challenge of adapting Harlan Coben’s international best-seller “No Second Chance” for TF1, generating the best audience ratings for the channel in over 10 years. It also won the coveted ‘Best Serie’ Award at the 2015 TV Festival in La Rochelle and the Magnolia Award for ‘Best Foreign TV Miniseries’ at the Shanghai Television Festival. In 2017, the show – sold by TF1 Studio -, was nominated for the TVFI Awards. No Second Chance was one of the most exported French drama series and also it was sold to Netflix worldwide. The series’ international success has paved the way to Sydney working on other productions and international co-productions. Sydney launched then Make It Happen Studio, a Paris based independent production company with the backing of heavy weight financial partner Alliance Entreprendre, a Private Equity subsidiary of Natixis group. He produced a second thriller adapted from the best-selling novel by Harlan Coben, “Just One Look” for TF1 and Paula Daly’s “Just what kind of mother are you?” for M6. Make It Happen Studio works today with global broadcasters, partners and talents to produce an eclectic raft of premium drama for the French, European and international marketplaces. The company collaborate with many best-seller talents such as; Paula Daly, Guillaume Musso, Alex Scarrow, Riad Sattouf, Tim Willocks and Harlan Coben.

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