Television format creator and distributor Endemol is further
building its scripted business in France.
executive Jean-Benoît Gillig is joining Endemol France
along with his scripted production operation Léonis.
As part of Endemol Frances scripted division Endemol
Fiction, Léonis will produce series for prime time
and daytime as well as feature length TV movies. Gilligs
role will also include the development of international co-productions
for Endemol Group.
currently underway at Léonis include 'La Méthode'
Claire, a 90 minute drama for M6, starring Michèle
Laroque, which will be presented at La Rochelle Fiction Festival,
and 'L'hiver du Président', a political one off special
reports to Nicolas Coppermann who was appointed Endemol France
MD in June and now also becomes Endemol Fiction MD.
Calmels continues as Endemol Fiction CEO in addition to her
roles as Endemol France chairman and Endemol Group COO, which
she took up in May this year.
incorporated within Endemol Fiction is production operation
Les Films de la Prod, which has already produced successful
scripted programming for the French market.
Melhi, former Head of Endemol Fiction, is stepping down and
departing from Endemol.
said, "I am thrilled to have such a high calibre of talent
with us. I am in no doubt that with Nicolas, Jean-Benoît
and the brilliant team at Endemol Fiction, we will soon reach
our target of having scripted represent 20% of our business
announcement follows a sustained period of expansion in scripted
programming for Endemol, with revenue growth of over 81 per
cent from 2008 to 2011 including 34 per cent year on year
growth in 2011. Last year Endemols scripted business
generated over 2000 hours of programming and revenues of €328
million, representing 24 per cent of Group revenue.