CHAIRMAN & CEO
After graduating from the ESD SUP management school and Metz University, Didier Lupfer began his career in 1986 at RTL Télévision Luxembourg. He participated in the project to take over France’s sixth terrestrial television network, which resulted in the launch of the M6 channel in March 1987.
At M6, Lupfer held different posts before being appointed Deputy Head of Programming for the channel in 1990.
In 1991, Lupfer joined the CARAT Group as Director of Forecasting and Programming.
In 1994 he returned to the RTL Group, where he worked on the project to create the TPS satellite package and was then appointed CEO of the cinema subsidiary.
He joined CANAL+ in 2000 as Director of Program Development. Assigned by the CANAL+ Group to MULTITHÉMATIQUES in 2001, he served as CEO of the CinéCinémas film channel. In 2003, he was appointed Deputy Director of CANAL+ in charge of cinema.
In 2006 Lupfer set up One World Films, a production company, where he produced GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE (which won three César) and WAR OF THE BUTTONS and he was appointed Managing Director of SKYNET IMOTION ACTIVITIES, a Belgacom subsidiary, and Director of the Content Division of the BELGACOM GROUP.
Lupfer joined the UBISOFT Group in 2011 as Executive Vice-President in charge of the production and development of UBISOFT MOTION PICTURES. He was Producer of the world-famous animated series RABID RABBIDS and participated in the development of the ASSASSIN’S CREED and SPLINTER CELL movies.
He joined the Vivendi Group in September 2015 as Canal+ Group Executive Vice-President in charge of Cinema and Chairman and CEO of STUDIOCANAL.
CHIEF FINANCIAL AND STRATEGY OFFICER
After earning her degree in Management Sciences from Université Paris Dauphine, Elisabeth d’Arvieu went on to study at the City University of New York, where she graduated with an MBA from Baruch College. She started her career in New York, as Deputy Director of Operations at Rémy Amerique, and joined the Lagardère Group in 2001, where she eventually became Administrative and Financial Director of Angel Productions and Paris News in 2004. Two years later, she was named Financial Controller of the Lagardère Active branch (Press, Broadcasting and Digital) and was promoted to Director of Mergers & Acquisitions Coordination and Holding Management Control in 2011.
In 2014, she was appointed COO in charge of Strategy and Development at Lagardère Studios.
In 2016, she became Chief Financial and Strategy Officer of Studiocanal.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
Anna Marsh, a graduate from Otago University (New Zealand) and HEC, started her career in 2002 in the International Sales department of Tele Images International (Marathon Group) before becoming International Sales Manager at TF1 International. Anna joined STUDIOCANAL in 2005 and was appointed in 2008 as Head of International Sales. In 2013, she held the position of Head of International Distribution Strategy before being appointed International Sales Manager.
Kalle Friz began his career in marketing and press at the International French Film Festival of Tübingen (1994-1999) and later at Advanced Filmverleih GmbH. Then, he was Head of Fox Searchlight and Local Acquisitions for Twentieth Century Fox Germany (2002-2009).
He joined STUDIOCANAL Germany in 2009, as EVP, Theatrical Distribution.
Since January 2014, he has held the position of Chief Operating Officer.
CEO UNITED KINGDOM
He then joined Optimum Releasing (now STUDIOCANAL) at the inception of the company in May 1999, taking on responsibility for the positioning and promotion of all titles. As the new company developed and grew, his role was extended to include management and development of the company, and he was named CEO UK on September 1st 2010 with the responsability across production et distribution. He has overseen the release of over several hundred titles theatrically and more than a thousand titles in Home Entertainment, including critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles, such as FAHRENHEIT 9/11, THE HURT LOCKER, THIS IS ENGLAND and RUSH, as well as an impressive slate of productions including Tomas Alfredson's TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Jaume Collet Serra's NON STOP and Paul King's PADDINGTON.
A board member of Creative England, Danny has lectured at both the National Film and Television School and the British Film Institute, and has represented the company at events at the London School of Economics, London Film Festival and the BritDoc festival among others.
CEO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Elizabeth Trotman has over twenty five years experience in the entertainment industry.
After completing her BCOM/BA, she started her career working for The Walt Disney Company in New Zealand and then across Asia.
During her tenure with Disney she worked on THE LION KING, TOY STORY and the global re-branding for WINNIE THE POOH.
This led to a position working for Warner Bros in London where she worked with industry giants such as William Friedkin on the re-release of THE EXORCIST and Will Smith on WILD WILD WEST.
She moved to Australia to take up a role for BBC Worldwide overseeing the launch of Teletubbies across Asia, including China.
In 2002 she returned to New Zealand to oversee the marketing of both the Hoyts cinema chain along with Hoyts Distribution theatrical films.
Over the past 10 years she has distributed more than 250 films covering all genres and scale, including SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE QUEEN and PASSION OF THE CHRIST.
Elizabeth has also been an active participant across multiple industry bodies and fighting piracy is a personal objective of hers.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION AND ACQUISITIONS
Ron Halpern has been in charge of international productions and acquisitions for STUDIOCANAL since 2007, overseeing its growth in international production and strongly contributing to the studio becoming a European major.
His past productions include BATFA winning and Academy Award nominated TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Joel and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, awarded the Jury’s Grand Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, NON-STOP with Liam Neeson, SHAUN THE SHEEP and worldwide success PADDINGTON. Recent releases include Academy Award nominee A WAR, directed by Tobias Lindholm and Luca Guadagnino's A BIGGER SPLASH.
Current productions: he is overseeing PADDINGTON 2 with Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining the director Paul King and the cast of the first film and THE COMMUTER directed by Jaume Collet Serra and starring Liam Neeson. Nick Park's EARLY MAN and SHAUN THE SHEEP 2 are also in production.
Acquisitions have included THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, MOONRISE KINGDOM and THE IMITATION GAME.
Ron also oversees the theatrical adaptations and productions of STUDIOCANAL, notably THE PRODUCERS by Mel Brooks, THE GRADUATE and THE LADYKILLERS.
Before joining STUDIOCANAL, Ron worked for CBS SPORTS at 3 Winter Olympic Games.
He holds a BA and an MBA from Columbia University.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION FRANCE
After earning her postgraduate degree in audiovisual communication legislation and administration (Sorbonne, Paris I) in 1995, Géraldine Gendre started her career at M6 Vidéo, worked on feature-film production for 3 years, moved to M6’s cinema subsidiary as Artistic Advisor in 1999, was and promoted to Deputy Director at that subsidiary in 2005. She joined STUDIOCANAL in March 2012 as Production Director for France, and has been supervising all production and distribution activities France-wide since March 2014.
yann le prado
HEAD OF CATALOGUE
Yann Le Prado holds a DESS in International Administration from Paris 2 University and a DESS in Communication Law and Administration from Paris 1 University. He began his career as a lawyer in a specialized agency of the UN in Geneva before joining the media distribution companies Timing and then Europe Images International (Lagardère Group) in 2004, where he held the position of Head of Sales in French-speaking countries. In 2007, he joined Direct 8 (C8) as Head of Acquisitions, before taking over in 2009 the Internet and Diversification operations. In 2010, he became Director of Acquisitions of Direct 8 (C8) and Direct Star (CStar), then Deputy General Manager of Direct Star (CStar). In 2013, Yann Le Prado left C8 and CStar to join the Havas Group, as Chief Executive Officer of Havas Productions, an audiovisual production entity bringing together Havas Productions, Upside Television, Upside Films, Upside Distribution, Save Ferris and Hercules.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS
Responsible for the business affairs of STUDIOCANAL Image, she took over the legal and business affairs of STUDICANAL in 2003; it groups together all the distribution and co-production business of new films and the catalogue.
VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATION
Antoine Banet-Rivet joined CANAL+ Group in 2000 at the Internal Communications Department, of which he became Director in 2002. In 2005, he was promoted to Director of Corporate & Internal Communications, CANAL+ Group. Since 2011, he is also Director of Communications of the Group’s all-news channel iTELE.
Antoine, who holds a master’s degree and a post-graduate degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne University in Paris, started his career as an editor at Paris-based publisher Gallimard. He joined Heinz USA in Pittsburgh as a junior press officer and copywriter at the Communications Department before moving to London where he was a journalist at the Camden Chronicle and The Independent newspapers from 1997 to 2000.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT HUMAN RESOURCES
Valerie joined the Caisse d’Epargne Group in 2002 and became responsible for the human resources of a subsidiary and supported the integration of new activities. In 2006 she joined the HR Corporate Division. There she held several key positions in the field of HR development, including Recruitment and Talent Management. When Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne merged, she became Deputy Director of Senior Executives’ Development and Management. In this position, she was responsible for designing the detection and training processes for the future Senior Executives, as well as for the BPCE Diversity Program.
Valérie Languille joined STUDIOCANAL in March 2011.