In his new role, Marillas will assist Besson, the chief executive chairman, until the appointment of a new management team as part of the financially struggling banner’s current restructuring. Marillas joined EuropaCorp in 2005 and was appointed financial director in 2012.
Marc Shmuger, the former Universal Pictures chairman who was the L.A.-based CEO of EuropaCorp until the end of 2017, has not yet been permanently replaced. Besson immediately stepped in as interim CEO, and no appointments have been made since then. Besson is currently under investigation in France on an allegation of rape by actress Sand Van Roy.
The company posted a net loss of €82.5 million ($95.4 million) and consolidated revenues of €226.5 million for the fiscal year ending March 31.
Aiming to restore its financial health, EuropaCorp has taken steps to trim its overhead, selling off its French TV production unit for €11 million and announcing that it would be laying off 22 employees in its Paris office within the next two years. EuropaCorp recently entered into exclusive negotiations with Gaumont to sell off Roissy Films’ library, which boasts more than 500 titles.
Besson’s next directorial effort, “Anna,” a thriller starring Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy and Luke Evans, will be released in the U.S by Lionsgate. The company’s slate also includes Thomas Vinterberg’s “Kursk,” with Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth and Léa Seydoux.
The last film Besson directed, the $180 million “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” grossed $225.8 million worldwide.