Warner Bros. Intl. Television Production, which produces local shows in 15 countries, is to set up a production company in France, led by Jean-Louis Blot.
Blot, who will be based in Paris, will be responsible for setting up and running Warner Bros. Intl. Television Production France. It will “create, adapt and produce local television content for all French TV channels,” Warner Bros. said. The company will produce shows based on existing Warner Bros. and third-party formats in France, as well as develop new formats for the French audience.
WBITVP’s formats include “The Bachelor,” “Little Big Shots,” “500 Questions,” “First Dates,” “Impractical Jokers” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Blot’s track record includes eight years at BBC Worldwide Productions France, where he produced a number of BBC formats for various channels, including “Dancing with the Stars” (TF1), “The Great French Bake Off” (M6) and “Top Gear France” (RMC Decouverte). Before that, he spent 15 years in various production and development roles, most recently at Air Productions (part of Banijay Group) as head of development and executive producer, and previously at API Productions, Endemol and FremantleMedia.
Blot, who joins the company on Sept. 1, will report to Ronald Goes, executive VP and head of WBITVP.
In a statement, Goes said: “Jean-Louis brings with him an exceptional track record of successful television production in France, and an unrivaled passion for creating exciting, innovative content.”