STUDIOCANAL is launching a new TV production unit in France, to be led by Arielle Saracco, who also retains her position as head of Canal+ Création Originale.
The new outfit bolsters STUDIOCANAL’s European network of seven production companies in the U.K., Germany, Spain and Denmark.
Dominique Jubin, executive creative VP at STUDIOCANAL’s TV unit, has been appointed deputy general manager of the new company, which will also be supported by an editorial committee bringing together the expertise of STUDIOCANAL and Canal+ Création Originale. Françoise Guyonnet, executive managing director of TV series at STUDIOCANAL, will be responsible for ensuring the overall editorial and commercial consistency of STUDIOCANAL’s TV production, in connection with all of the studio’s production units.
Didier Lupfer, CEO of STUDIOCANAL and Canal+ Group’s senior VP for cinema, said: “With this new production unit, we are expanding our already rich network of seven of the most creative companies in Europe, which are also home to some of the most recognized talents in this industry. French TV series are among the most appreciated by global audiences and, as a French company and a leader in our business in Europe, it was only natural to launch production operations in our country.”
Maxime Saada, CEO of the Canal+ Group and chairman of STUDIOCANAL, said: “By combining the talents of STUDIOCANAL and Canal+ in a French production company, we want to increase our capacity to offer series firmly anchored in European culture with strong international appeal. This development is part the overall plan to create within Vivendi a global leader in the production and distribution of European movies and series, of which STUDIOCANAL is the spearhead.”