An independent production company headed by Patricia Boutinard Rouelle, Nilaya has been active since 2011.

Our films are marked by a desire to explore in depth the issues at the heart of our societies and history – to give original writing its place and trust in the public’s intelligence. From archive-based documentaries to docu-fictions, from works of history to immersive films and investigations, Nilaya Productions primes diversity and liveliness. Realscreen Magazine rated Nilaya one of the 100 most influential producers.
Our films are broadcast on all French channels, but also internationally (Curiosity Stream, NAT GEO, YLE, DR, RTS, SVT, ZDF, SVT, RTBF, ARTV, NHK, CCTV9 …).

Our notable productions include: Gabriel Le Bomin’s “The Algerian War, the Fracture”; Caroline Fourest’s “Marine Le Pen”; “Das Reich, Hitler’s death squads” by Michael Prazan; “Middle Classes, a Life on the Wire” by Frédéric Brunnquell; “First Man“by Frédéric Fougea and Jérome Guiot; and “France between the two wars” by Romain Icard. “Simone Veil” by Hugues Nancy was selected at the Prix Europa and received France Télévisions’s highest impact score for 2018.

We are currently producing documentaries for Arte and France Télévisions on particularly complex subjects, often ones in echo with the news: “We, Muslims in France” by Romain Icard; “Globesity” by Sylvie Gilman and Thierry de Lestrade; “MBS, the Prince” by Antoine Vitkine; and Laurent Follea’s “Frogies, What Will We Become?”. We also explore “heritage” topics, mixing history and biographical portraits, such as “In the Shadow of Hitchcock” by Laurent Herbiet. Finally, we continue our daring exploration of ancient history with a 2×52’ series on the French Revolution by Hugues Nancy and Jacques Malaterre for the prime time on France 2. After the sucess of “France between the two wars”, we are developping the next episodes of our series on France during the 20th century.

For the past two years, we have been turning towards fiction for television and cinema. In 2018, we produced Amos Gitaï’s film, “West of the Jourdain River,” which was for the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight. And in 2019, we are developing fiction for television, including a TV movie for the series “Murder in…” for France 3.

Patricia Boutinard Rouelle, producer, spent 16 years as head of documentaries at France Televisions.

Patricia Boutinard Rouelle

Patricia Boutinard Rouelle spent the previous 16 years in charge of the different documentary units at France Televisions Group. During that time, she initiated a great number of documentary slots still on the air and developed a policy of prime-time events on France2 and France3 such as the celebrated blue-chip series on prime-time Apocalypse, sold internationally, the very successful prime time programs Rendez vous en terre inconnue acclaimed as the French favourite show and the weekly documentary slot Infrarouge.

She coproduced many series with BBC such as Walking with Dinosaurs and one- shots like D-Day. She initiated the renowned international trilogy on prehistory: L’Odyssée de l’Espèce, Homo Sapiens and The Rise of Man, on France3.

In April 2011, she created her new production company, Nilaya Productions.


Mathieu Cabanes

Line producer

Marianne Jestaz

Executive producer

Anne-Claire Di Gioia

Production coordinator

Mohammed Faci

Chief Accountant