Chorion taps vet

Simenon investigates film options for rights owner

LONDON — U.K.-based rights owner Chorion has appointed John Simenon, son of international best-selling author Georges Simenon, as a consultant for its filmed production marketing and promotion.

Simenon will promote and market the television and film rights for Chorion’s roster of crime writers including Georges Simenon, Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham and Edmund Crispin as well as Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright Robert Bolt.

He will identify potential licensees and partners for film and television productions in non-English language markets.

Simenon brings to Chorion more than 20 years experience in the film and TV sector in the U.S. and Europe. He began his career in distribution and marketing in the 1970s, working with such companies as United Artists, Gaumont and 20th Century Fox Intl. before setting up as a Paris-based independent producer.

Subsequently, he headed up the North America operations of Studio Canal Plus before returning to Switzerland to manage the literary estate of his father, resulting in the creation of Georges Simenon Ltd., a Chorion company, which now owns and manages the rights to the late author’s literary works.

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