PARIS — ITV Studios has appointed Franck Firmin-Guion, the former CEO of the French company ALP, as president of its Paris office.
ITV Studios France has also just signed an exclusive production deal with Talpa, allowing ITV Studios to access exclusive right to Talpa’s new shows and as well as existing productions whose agreements are expiring.
Reporting to Maria Kyriacou, president of international for ITV Studios, Firmin-Guion will be in charge of exploiting ITV Studios’ and Talpa’s catalogue of entertainment formats and will develop scripted programs.
Firmin-Guion will be joined by Sébastien Petiot who has been appointed COO of ITV Studios France. Petiot previously worked with Firmin-Guion at ALP, where he also served as COO.
“Franck has a track record which is hard to match, not least in overseeing two of the most well known entertainment formats on French TV – Survivor and Fort Boyard. His success diversifying his current production slate sets him-up well for leading ITVS France,” said Kyriacou.
“With Sébastien also on-board, they make a formidable team and are brilliantly placed to grow our business by making the most of both ITV Studios and Talpa formats, along with helping us make further strategic investments in the territory,” added Kyriacou, who also thanked ITV Studios France’s current president Francois Florentiny, who is stepping out following a six-year tenure.
Firmin-Guion said, “With the combination of ITV Studios formats, Talpa formats and further strategic investments, I am sure in France we will have a pretty unique slate of programs and formats to exploit in the market plus the assets to contribute to ITV Studios international growth.”
While working at the Zodiak Media-owned ALP, Firmin-Guion oversaw the local versions of “Wife Swap” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” along with “Survivor” and “Fort Boyard.”