Warner Bros. France stalwart Boespflug exits


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

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

In addition, Boespflug has been instrumental in positioning Warners as a partner to the French production community, playing a key role in the studio's 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. Boespflug was responsible for the company's French acquisition and distribution of the hit "Les Bronzes 3" and also was the lead on such international acquisitions as "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."

France is one of the top foreign 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.

There was no word on a replacement. (partialdiff)