Twenty at the top

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.

Bibo Bergeron
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
Vfx-producers, Buf
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
Toon director
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
Chairman-CEO, StudioCanal
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
Location manager
Working on many big shoots in France; credits include “Midnight in Paris.”

Alexandre Desplat
Film composer
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
Art director
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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