Endemol Ramps up French Scripted Operation

The company hires Jean-Benoît Gillig from rival Gallic production house Gaumont and brings Gillig's scripted production operation Léonis into the fold.

LONDON – Production giant Endemol has brought Jean-Benoît Gillig into Endemol France from rival Gallic production house Gaumont to build its scripted TV ambitions in France.

Gillig joins Endemol France along with his scripted production operation Léonis. 

As part of Endemol France’s division Endemol Fiction, Léonis will produce series for prime time and daytime as well as feature length TV movies.

Gillig’s role will also include the development of international co-productions for Endemol Group.

Projects currently underway at Léonis include La Méthode Claire, a 90-minute drama for French channel M6, starring Michèle Laroque, and L'hiver du Président, a political one off special for Canal Plus.

Gilig will report to Nicolas Coppermann who was appointed managing director of Endemol France in June and now also becomes managing director of the enlarged Endemol Fiction.

Virginie Calmelswill continues as CEO of Endemol Fiction in addition to her roles as chairman of Endemol France and COO of Endemol Group, which she took up in May this year.

Also incorporated within Endemol Fiction is production operation Les Films de la Prod. 

Nora Melhi, former head of Endemol Fiction, is stepping down and departing from Endemol.

Gillig created Léonis Productions in 2005, teaming up with Gaumont in 2009.

In 2011 Endemol’s scripted business generated over 2000 hours of programming and revenues of €328 million ($413 million), representing 24 percent of Group revenue. 

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