Part of an internal reorganization at Vivendi’s Studiocanal, one of Europe’s biggest film-TV companies, Anne Cherel has been promoted to head of international sales for current movies.Cherel served from 2012 as SVP, international sales, at Studiocanal where she enjoyed a close working relationship with Anna Marsh, promoted in March to Studiocanal head of distribution for film and TV. Cherel will continue to report to Anna Marsh, taking over the sales activities previously overseen by Marsh when she was head of...
Didier Lupfer succeeded Olivier Courson as CEO and chairman of Studiocanal in the fall of 2015, a few months after Vincent Bolloré took the full reins at Studiocanal’s parent company Vivendi. Lupfer joined Studiocanal from Ubisoft, where he and Jean-Julien Baronnet spearheaded the launch of Ubisoft Motion Pictures in 2011 and served as executive VP of the banner.
Lupfer, who was in charge of production and development, worked on the animated series “Raving Rabbids,” as well as the feature projects “Assassin’s Creed” and “Splinter Cell.” Lupfer previously worked at M6, France’s second biggest commercial network, as deputy head of programming, and RTL Group, where he helped create TPS, the French satellite paybox and ran its cinema subsidiary.
Lupfer also has an experience in the field of independent filmmaking: he co-founded (with Marc Du Pontavice) the production banner One World Films and produced Joann Sfar’s “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” which won three César awards. Under his leadership, Studiocanal has ramped up its presence abroad and has developed its business in high-end international drama production and distribution in France, the U.K., Spain and Scandinavia. Studiocanal announced last year it had taken a stake in Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company Sunny March, another U.K. shingle Urban Myth (“Atlantis”), as well as Spain’s Bambu (“Gran Hotel”).
Some recent hit shows handled by Studiocanal include “Midnight Sun,” which was commissioned by its sister outfit Canal Plus, the Vivendi-owned pay TV group. Under Lupfer’s watch, Studiocanal has also delivered a number of commercial and critical successes, notably “Paddington,” “Shawn the Sheep the Movie,””The Imitation Game” and “Bridget Jones” Baby,” as well as “Standing Tall” and “Macbeth” both of which played at Cannes.