VP leaves CIBY amid reports of studio woes

Three months after closing its U.S. outpost, Francis Bouygues’ film studio CIBY 2000 has lost VP Yves Attal.

The former lawyer ankled his post Oct. 30.

His departure appears to confirm reports of management difficulties brought on by 70-year-old Bouygues’ continuing poor state of health. The construction, real estate and communications tycoon was meant to have returned to CIBY in September following what the company described as “minor surgery.” He is still not back at the helm.

Day-to-day management of the film operation is in the hands of financier Jean-Francois Fonlupt, who is widely thought to have been responsible for Wim Wenders walking away from a deal under which CIBY 2000 was to have financed and sold his current pic “Far Away, So Close.”

Attal has long been a friend of Wenders as well as acting as the helmer’s lawyer on several pix. Although neither Attal nor CIBY insiders would confirm, it is widely thought that when Wenders departed, a major reason for having Attal at the company went with him.

Despite the latest management rumpus and Bouygues’ continued absence, CIBY 2000 insiders deny that the production company is planning to scale down its film activities.

According to spokesman Jean Michel Stassart, CIBY 2000 is currently producing “A Cause D’Elle” with helmer Jean Loup Hubert and has four pix in postproduction including Jane Campion’s “The Piano,” and Alex de la Iglesia’s “Action Mutante”– which is being co-produced with Pedro Almodovar.

The company is also contracted to produce Almodovar’s “Kika,” the next Maurice Pialat film, David Lynch’s next three pix, two more films with Wenders, as well as projects from Campion and Emir Kusturica.

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