×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Eric Garandeau Out at France’s National Film Board

Socialist Frederique Bredin to take over CNC

PARIS — In a major, yet anticipated turnaround, Gaul’s National Film Board (CNC) prexy Eric Garandeau has been axed. The French government has appointed fellow Socialist Frederique Bredin to take over the reins of the powerful state-backed org.

Bredin, who will begin her mandate on July 15, serves as finances inspector. She has previously served as adviser to Francois Mitterand, deputy and later minister of youth and sports  from 2000 to 2009. 

The CNC shuffle had been rumored since May 2011, when Socialist Francois Hollande was elected president of France

Some local journos have pointed out Bredin’s close ties with Hollande, which goes back to their time studying at the prestigious National School of Administration (ENA). Bredin also reportedly campaigned for Hollande. 

Appointed by then-prexy Nicolas Sarkozy in January 2011, Garandeau participated in a flurry of crusades against the European Commission. Most recently, Garandeau was a key advocate — along with culture minister Aurelie Filippetti and thousands of industryites — for the exclusion of film and TV services from the free-trade negotiations between the European Union and the U.S. The EU eventually voted to exclude cultural services from the upcoming negotiations last month after weeks of heated debates. 

“In spite of the attacks from Brussels, the budgets cuts and repeated audits, nothing could and will ever hurt the strength or real value of the CNC,” said Garandeau in a statement announcing his departure from the org. 

The CNC plays a vital role in funding not only French film and TV productions, but also many international pics via its 53 co-production treaties; and its selective funding programs, such as the World Cinema Fund. In 2012, it redistributed €700 million ($912 million) collected from taxes on film tickets, TV channels, VOD, mobile devices, Internet, DVDs and other film-related products.

Under Garandeau’s leadership, the CNC’s accomplishments include the digitization of nearly 100% of France’s movie theaters, the restoration and digitization of 229 classic films; the launch of Cinecult, an international VOD platform dedicated to films from the French Film Archives and the Cinematheques; the creation of the World Cinema Fund; the signature of international treaties with such countries as Croatia, Italy and Poland; and the inception of the Jour Le Plus Court, a short film festival that will be adapted in 40 countries next December. 

Popular on Variety

More Biz

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Weinstein Can Get a Fair Trial in Manhattan, Says D.A.

    The Manhattan District Attorney’s office argued on Friday that Harvey Weinstein can get a fair trial in Manhattan, and blamed the producer’s defense team for much of the pre-trial publicity in the case. Weinstein’s attorneys have asked an appellate court to transfer the case — which is set to begin on Sept. 9 — to [...]

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Madonna

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna Call for Action on Amazon Wildfires

    As wildfires rage at an alarming rate in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest, celebrities are using their platforms to bring awareness to the deforestation’s impact and to call for action. In the past week, stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, Cara Delevingne and Ariana Grande have taken to Instagram to express their frustration with the lack of [...]

  • 'The Durrells' TV Show

    Greece Sweetens Production Incentives as Struggling Country's Economy Rebounds

    It’s taken the better part of a decade for Greece to show signs of recovery from the crippling crisis that almost pushed it out of the Eurozone. Now, with the economy slowly on the mend, the government is doubling down on efforts to jump-start the local film industry, giving a dramatic overhaul to the incentive [...]

  • Warner Music Group Partners With Audiomack

    Warner Music Group Partners With Audiomack

    Warner Music Group announced it has entered a partnership with the music streaming and discovery service Audiomack, marking the platform’s first licensing deal with a major label. According to the announcement, the two companies will work together on content concepts and explore ways to break emerging artists, connecting music fans with rising talent before they [...]

  • Scooter Braun Congratulates Taylor Swift on

    Scooter Braun Congratulates Taylor Swift on ‘Brilliant’ Album and Campaign

    Two days after Taylor Swift fired off the latest salvo in her battle with Scooter Braun, the manager congratulated the singer on the campaign around her “brilliant” new album, “Lover,” which arrived last night. The message came after Swift said she will be re-recording songs from her first six albums, which are now owned by [...]

  • David Koch Obit

    David Koch, Libertarian Activist and Billionaire Philanthropist, Dies at 79

    David Koch, brother of Charles Koch and one of the owners of Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the U.S., has died at 79. According to the New York Times, Charles Koch announced the news of his brother’s death in a statement. Though he did not attribute to David’s death to a particular cause, [...]

  • Beverly Hills Realtor Accused of Stealing

    Beverly Hills Realtor Accused of Stealing From Usher, Adam Lambert

    A Beverly Hills real estate agent has been arrested on charges of stealing from the homes of celebrities, including Usher, Adam Lambert and “Real Housewives” star Dorit Kemsley. Jason Emil Yaselli, 32, is accused of encouraging an accomplice, Benjamin Ackerman, to enter homes during open houses in order to steal from them. Ackerman allegedly sold [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content