Euro-Rich Days for French Ani House Carrere

Top French animation shop Carrere Group has reported 80.4 million euros ($100 million) in consolidated revenues for 2003, according to Daily Variety. This marks an 11% rise over the 2002 numbers and a 160% jump over the 2001 reports.

The revenue rise was due in part to “the miracle of The Triplets of Belleville,” according to the company, as well as success from fiction series Maigret, which airs on France 2, and Le Grand Patron and Le Juge est une Femme, which air on TF1.

Carrere has stakes in various audiovisual companies including Les Armateurs, which co-produced the Oscar-nominated Belleville. Auteurs Associes and TV production outfit Ego Prods. are two of the company’s other subsidies.

2004 should be another interesting year for the company. Its new animated pic The Three Wise Men (Les Trois Rois Mages) has sold more than 250,000 tickets in Spain, and has been sold in the U.S., Italy, South America and Scandinavia ahead of its launch in France. Other projects include the French children’s animated series T’Choupi, as well as the Les Armateur’s hot new project, the Kirikou and the Sorcerer prequel.