TF1’s international content studio Newen unveils top team

Earlier this week, TF1 secured clearance from the French competition authorities for its acquisition of the remaining 30% of Newen Studios group. And it has lost no time in putting in place a new management structure to run the production and distribution giant.

TF1’s first move was to name Bibiane Godfroid, as chair and CEO of Newen – replacing Fabrice Larue. Godfroid has subsequently unveiled a new management structure that sees Romain Bessi (right) come in as managing director. Bessi is best-known for his time at StudioCanal, where he was a key architect in the company’s expansion into international TV. In his new role, he will oversee international activities, distribution, animation, financial and legal matters.

Godfroid has also unveiled a six-strong executive board that includes Bessi and the heads of two of Newen’s key production subsidiaries: Guillaume de Menthon, Telfrance’s CEO, and Guillaume Thouret, Capa’s Managing Director. Commenting on the new-look team, Godfroid said: “I am pleased to become CEO of this great production and distribution company, with a wide range of talents. We will continue to develop in France and expand further internationally.”

With regard to Godfroid’s appointment, Gilles Pélisson, chairman & CEO of the TF1 group, said: “I would like to thank Fabrice Larue and his team, who have built one of the jewels of French audiovisual production. Over the years, successive buyouts of Telfrance, Capa, 17Juin, Blue Spirit Productions and Tuvalu Media, and the creation of Neweb, have enabled Newen to assemble a unique coalition of talents across the whole spectrum of production and the web. I have total confidence in Bibiane Godfroid, whose track record and professional qualities will be a source of great strength to Newen.”

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