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Backup Enlists New Partner; Jean-Baptiste Babin to Leave Company (EXCLUSIVE)

Backup Media Group has upped current COO Guillaume Lirondiere to become a partner in the Paris-based company, along with co-founders David Atlan-Jackson and Joel Thibout.

Jean-Baptiste Babin, one of Backup Media Group’s founding partners, will be stepping down from his operational role at the company by the end of the year to take another high-profile industry job. Babin will remain a shareholder in Backup and will also continue overseeing MovieChainer, Backup’s film-financing app.

Babin recently executive-produced Wim Wenders’ “Submergence” with Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, and “Brimstone” with Dakota Fanning. He will soon announce his next career move.

“I am so proud of what we have achieved over the past 15 years, and I’m convinced Backup’s slate will carry on shining with ambitious films which hit the market strong,” said Babin.

“I have no doubt [Lirondiere] has the skills, experience and talent to fully take over productions for backup,” Babin said, adding that he “will always remain a Backup militant alongside my co-founding partners and friends.”

Lirondiere, who joined Backup from French production company Fidelité Productions in 2016, will take over Babin’s duties as head of productions for films produced and financed through Backup.

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Backup’s current slate includes “Submergence” which premiered in Toronto and San Sebastian; Brian de Palma’s upcoming”Domino,” starring Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Carice Van Houten and Guy Pearce, which wrapped shooting Oct. 2; Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” starring Golshifteh Farahani and Emmanuelle Bercot; Tim Sutton’s “Donnybrook,” which will start shooting Oct. 23; and Leila Marrakchi’s “My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece,” which will begin filming next year.

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