These talents serve as liaisons between the biz
• Raphael Benoliel
Line producer, Firstep
Production manager on Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and on “Mr. Bean’s Holiday”; co-produced Stephen Frears’ “Cheri” and Oliver Parker’s “Johnny English Reborn”; France’s cost-conscious first port-of-call for Brit productions.
Toon director-producer, Bibo Films
Co-directed DreamWorks Animation’s “Shark Tales” and “The Road to El Dorado”; co-producing and helming EuropaCorp 3D fantasy adventure “A Monster in Paris.”
• John Bernard
Line producer, Jake Prods./Peninsula Films
Based in Paris and Monaco; handled big studio shoots, including Warner Bros.’ “Inception”; recently on “Hugo Cabret.”
• Luc Besson, EuropaCorp
Godfather of France’s mainstream film biz; conquered world markets with U.S.-distribbed English-language action pics; prime mover behind Cite du Cinema, France’s first modern megastudio complex.
• Jacques Bled
Vfx producer, Mac Guff
First French company to deliver an animation feature for a Hollywood major: Universal-Illumination hit “Despicable Me”; now teaming on “The Lorax” and a “Despicable” sequel.
• Pierre Buffin and India Osborne
Leading provider on “Avatar”; created effects for the “Matrix”; pulled down international rebates for “Thor” and “Grandmasters” vfx; rapidly diversifying with production unit AngeleFine.
• Pierre Coffin
Co-directed “Despicable Me,” the second highest-grossing toon pic of 2010; former collaborator at Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation.
• Marion Cotillard
Oscar-winner for “La Vie en Rose; now a Hollywood regular (“Inception,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion”); added aud allure to Guillaume Canet’s French blockbuster “Little White Lies”; role in “Midnight in Paris.”
• Olivier Courson
Under Courson, StudioCanal has emerged as profitable European film production-distribution giant; alliances with Spyglass, Dark Castle and Original Films; fully financed low-budget U.S. hit “The Last Exorcism,” which nabbed $64 million worldwide; partnering with 2929 Entertainment and Mutual Film on Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “Blackbird.”
• Antonin Depardieu
Working on many big shoots in France; credits include “Midnight in Paris.”
• Alexandre Desplat
Prolific musician received four Academy Award noms during the last five years, most recently for “The King’s Speech.” Hectic 2011 sked includes “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
• Michel Gomez
Executive director, Mission Cinema–Paris Film
Former lobbyist as head of France’s L’ARP association; politically connected; has worked to facilitate filming in France; leads Paris City Hall’s Cinema Mission, including the Paris Film Office, run by Sophie Boudon-Vanhille, which issues city shooting permits.
• Patrick Lamassoure and Franck Priot
Managing director and deputy manager, Film France
Co-architects of France’s successful international film rebates policy; Priot handles day-to-day relations with studios; Lamassoure is also general secretary of the European Film Commissions Network.
• Louis Leterrier
France’s most prolific and successful helmer in Hollywood; credits include “Clash of the Titans,” “The Incredible Hulk”; attached to Summit bank heist thriller “Now You See Me.”
• Juliette Menager
Casting director, Joule Studio
Under founder Menager, Paris-based casting studio Joule has worked on French shoots of high-profile U.S. productions, including pics (“Babel,” “Rush Hour 3”) and TV dramas (“The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City”).
• Pierre Morel
Gained notice and a deluge of Hollywood offers after directing EuropaCorp action hit “Taken”; attached to helm Paramount’s “Dune.”
• Philippe Rousselet
Producer, Vendome Pictures
Alongside partner Fabrice Gianfermi, in 2008 tapped $200 million to launch U.S.-based Vendome to produce English-lingo pics. Produced and financed Summit sci-fi thriller “Source Code”; financed “Larry Crowne,” with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.
• Anne Seibel
Credits include pics (“Munich,” Marie Antoinette”) and TV dramas (“The Sopranos”); production designer on “Midnight in Paris.”
• Lea Seydoux
Alternates work on Hollywood titles (“Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” “Inglourious Basterds”) with auteur-driven pics.
• Olivier-Rene Veillon
General director, Ile de France Film Commission
International promotion dynamo for Paris-region shoots, co-productions and the use of Paris’ vfx and post-production houses.
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