Dumas took Gaumont’s reins from her father, Nicolas Seydoux, 10 years ago, and has had to overcome industry skepticism as well as her own doubts in order to put Gaumont back on a steadily successful path after some not-so-glorious years. “We had to prove ourselves all over again by taking risks, being innovative, welcoming new ideas, new talent and anticipating trends,” says Dumas.
Director of Distribution
Clerc has a background in marketing and exhibition, an advantage when analyzing a movie’s theatrical potential in France. Clerc champions talent that can tap into overlooked auds. “We looked at the success of African-American comedians like Tyler Perry in the U.S. and we realized it was a smart idea to make French movies that target a community and have a clear identity,” says Clerc.
Director of Gaumont International
Nicknamed “Fast and Furious” by her industry friends, Gaget has taken the division to a whole new level with third-party acquisitions of edgy genre movies. “I get a kick out of modernizing and vamping up the image of Gaumont overseas, not just through the kind of films we do but also through the way we do business, bonding and getting to know people outside of meeting rooms,” says Gaget. She has also forged ties with American players and not the least. Her circle includes Harvey Weinstein, Tom Quinn at TWC/Radius, Brian Oliver and a flurry of Hollywood agents, notably Roeg Sutherland and his team at CAA. Last year, Gaget linked up with another major distribs: Sanford Panitch at Fox International Productions who picked up Fred Cavaye’s “Mea Culpa.” Going forward, Gaget has big plans for Gaumont International, prepping a strong slate of promising English-language pics and looking to develop co-production partnerships in Asia.
Deputy head of sales
In addition to handling international sales, Comte supervises the international marketing and leads most discussions with programmers of film festivals. Comte also scouts for projects in territories that he covers like Spain and South Korea, with “The Target” and “Yesterday Never Ends” some of projects sourced by Comte. He also negotiates non-English language remake deals.
CEO, Gaumont Intl. Television
O’Connell cut her teeth in development at CBS, then at NBC developed new business models to lower license fees during the WGA strike, eventually becoming head of drama. A consulting stint at Fox Intl. Channels let her fly, and she developed a business model to broaden the idea of how global money, production and distribution could be used to create and distribute shows.
Riandee pulled off a bold move with the launch of the L.A.-based Gaumont Intl. Television, carving out a significant profile in the competitive U.S. TV landscape with drama series “Hannibal” (NBC) and “Hemlock Grove” (Netflix). “We work on these drama series the same way we do on films: We look for auteurs who have a strong vision and give them some creative freedom,” says Riandee.
Daughter of Daniel Toscan du Plantier, the late iconic French film producer, Toscan is known for her forceful personality, witty charm and ability to connect with diverse industryites — from world fest toppers to exhibitors to producers. Since she started shepherding catalog activities 18 months ago, Toscan has given a fresh life to Gaumont’s classic films that comprise its 900-title library.