Turner Intl. has appointed French TV producer CLAIRE DIXSAUT director of programs at its Paris-based subsidiary Turner Prods. S.A., in a move which consolidates the company’s push into European program production. Dixsaut, formerly a documentary producer with French pay web Canal Plus, will be responsible for developing European productions for Turner’s cable and satellite channels worldwide. She will report directly to Pat Mitchell, exec VP of Turner Prods., the group’s nonfiction prod’n arm.
Paris-based indie production company Ellipse Programme, a majority-owned subsidiary of the French pay TV giant Canal Plus, has just formed a Los Angeles-based company, Ellipse Program USA. SIMON HART has been named president and CEO of the wholly-owned subsidiary, while maintaining her position as VP/head of international co-productions of the parent company, which she has held since 1990. Hart will be responsible for developing international co-productions in the live-action genre.