Paris, August 23, 2012
As part of the ongoing expansion of its scope of activities, Lagardère Entertainment is entrusting Rémy Dessarts with the task of creating a new entity specializing in documentaries and newsmagazines. These productions will be aimed at television broadcasters and website publishers, as well as at serving businesses’ public relations needs.
A journalist by training, Rémy Dessarts has performed a number of varied, complementary roles in economic and mainstream journalism and as a television managing editor and producer. In particular, he launched the monthly magazine Capital as editor-in-chief, and also directed the editorial teams of the weekly magazine VSD and the newspapers Equipe and France Soir.
For many years, Mr Dessarts headed up such media companies as Prisma Presse, Hachette Filipacchi-Lagardère and Axel Springer. He began his career in television 10 years ago as director of news and current affairs programming for French channel M6. He then joined production companies Elephant et Cie and Troisième Œil Productions as news programming director.
Takis Candilis, chairman of Lagardère Entertainment, commented as follows: “We are extremely pleased that Rémy is joining the Group. He brings with him extensive experience in news-related content and will significantly boost our growth potential in this area.”
About Lagardère Entertainment
Founded in 2008, Lagardère Entertainment is the Lagardère Active entity that handles all of the Lagardère group's audiovisual production activities. Today, Lagardère Entertainment is a major player in the production and management of artistic content for television and France's largest producer of TV drama and comedy programmes, unscripted programming and animated shows. Its production units include GMT, DEMD, Image & Compagnie, Merlin, Aubes, and Ango and Kelija for French drama and comedy programmes; Atlantique Productions and Genao Productions for international productions; Maximal, Carson, Angel, 909 Productions, Electron Libre, Telmondis Productions, Léo Vision and Add-On Factory for unscripted programmes; and Europe Images International, Telmondis Distribution and Editions Musicales François 1er for distribution and rights involving artistic content. Its flagship programmes include Julie Lescaut, Joséphine Ange Gardien, C dans l'air, Mafiosa, Borgia, Clem, Stars du Rire, The Monte Carlo International Circus Festival, The Concert for Tolerance, C politique, Flics, Famille d'accueil, Fish'n Chips and Transporter: The Series.
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