Boespflug exits post at WB France

Exec leaves managing director position

Francis Boespflug is leaving his post as managing director of production and distribution for Warner Bros. France.

Boespflug, who had been with the company for 12 years, cited personal reasons for his ankling.

During his tenure, he oversaw the release of the Harry Potter films, “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “The Dark Knight.”

Responding to the mandate of Richard Fox, WB’s longstanding exec VP of international, Boespflug was central to positioning Warner Bros. as a significant production, acquisitions and distribution partner for a litany of high-profile Gallic films.

Under Boespflug, WBPF acquired and distributed in France local blockbusters such as Thomas Gilou’s “La Verite si je mens 2,” which grossed $56.9 million on Gallic turf, and Patrice Leconte’s “Les Bronze 3,” France’s biggest domestic B.O. hit of 2006, taking $78.9 million in France.

Unlike many studios’ local production ventures, which focus on grabbing a larger chunk of the local B.O. or courting a country’s biggest helmers, WB in France has increasingly homed in on select films with an international upside.

Boespflug found himself in the eye of the storm producing Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2004 “A Very Long Engagement,” which was barred from receiving French subsidies in a 2007 high court ruling.

WB’s latest two Gallic films under Boespflug’s tenure are Anne Fontaine’s “Coco Before Chanel” and Jeunet’s “Micmacs a tire-larigot.”

WB has not named a successor to Boespflug.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading