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.