PARIS — Francois Florentiny, who spearheaded the launch of ITV Studios in France and presided over the Paris office for six years, is leaving the company.
Florentiny will officially step down in two weeks and will announce his next career move in the run-up to next month’s Mipcom.
“After six years leading ITV Studios France, Francois Florentiny has decided to step down from his role. He leaves the company well-positioned for its next phase of growth, we would like to thank him and wish him the very best for the future,” said an ITV Studios spokesperson.
Appointed president of ITV Studios France in 2010 at the age of 30, Florentiny succeeded in putting the British company on the map in France, established relationships with a wide range of French TV networks and developed original formats.
Under his leadership, the company’s Paris office has grown exponentially: It kicked off with four employees and currently has about 90 staffers and freelancers delivering an average of 200 hours of programming (fiction, documentary and daytime shows) per year.
ITV Studios France’s daytime programs include “4 mariages et 1 lune de miel” for France’s top commercial network TF1, and “Le Bus” for M6.
The company’s documentary credits include “La terre des Pandas,” a hit docu on France 2, as well as Jérôme Korkikian’s “Hollywood Confidential,” which recently aired on Arte.
ITV Studios France scored big with Didier Le Pêcheur’s TV film “Tu es mon fils,” which was produced with EuropaCorp and turned out to be one of TF1’s highest-rated films of 2015. ITV is re-teaming with Le Pêcheur on another TV pic.
The outfit is currently developing a short format show, “Importantissime,” as well as a series with CAPA Drama and a miniseries with Keshet.