Francis Boespflug exits Warner Bros. France

Headed production and distribution for 12 years

Francis Boespflug, who has been with Warner Bros. for 12 years as head of production and distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures France, is leaving the company, citing personal reasons.

Under Boespflug's leadership, Warner Bros. Pictures France has consistently ranked among the top three film distributors in France. Boespflug has been responsible for the release of hundreds of films from the Hollywood studio, including the "Harry Potter," "Ocean's 11" and "Matrix" franchises as well as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Dark Knight."

In addition, Boespflug has been instrumental in positioning Warner Bros. as a partner to the French production community, playing a key role in Warners' worldwide directive overseen by Warner Bros. International executive vp Richard Fox to increase the company's activities in producing, acquiring and distributing local-language films in their country of origin. He was responsible for the company's French acquisition and distribution of the hit "Les Bronzes 3" and also was the lead on international acquisitions such as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

France is one of the foreign top markets for Hollywood movies.    

"Warner Bros. has been my home for many years now and I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished during my tenure," Boespflug said. "I will continue to make myself available to the producers of 'Coco Before Chanel' and 'Mic Mac a Tire Larigot' to ensure the successful release of the last two co-productions that Warner Bros. developed under my tenure. I do not start something without completing it."

"I certainly respect and even admire Francis' decision," Fox said. "We will benefit from Francis' contributions in establishing our local-language initiative in France and truly establishing Warner Bros. as an important production partner for years to come."

Before Warner Bros., Boespflug spent four years as acquisitions and booking manager at Marin Karmitz's MK2 and five years as booking manager at Gaumont. In 1989, he co-founded Pyramide Films, a production, distribution and foreign sales company.
There was no word on a replacement for Boespflug.