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Studiocanal COO Romain Bessi Exits the Vivendi-Owned Group

3 June 2016 6:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Romain Bessi, who was COO of Studiocanal — the film and TV production/distribution arm of Vivendi-owned Canal Plus Group — is leaving the Paris-based company, Variety has confirmed.

Bessi is the latest in a string of high-ranking executives who have exited the company, both voluntarily and involuntarily, in the year since Vincent Bollore took full control of Vivendi and became chairman of Canal Plus Group’s supervisory board, in June 2015. Bollore has come under increasing scrutiny by French journalists and analysts who are questioning his strategic vision for the company and his management techniques.

Bessi is expected to depart in mid-July. For many years, he worked closely with Olivier Courson, the former chairman and CEO of Studiocanal, who was axed last September.

Speaking to Variety, Bessi said that “after 19 years working for Canal Plus, I just feel ready to move on and take on new challenges elsewhere.”

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