Paris – Producer Didier Brunner
, one of the driving forces of European feature film animation, has stepped down as president of Les Armateurs
, the five-time-Oscar nommed Paris-based film/TV animation production house.
First attracting attention with Sylvain Chomet
’s 1997 short “The Old Lady and the Pigeons
,” the first of its Academy Award nominations, Les Armateurs
, which Brunner founded in 1994, has also produced “Belleville Rendez-vous,” which scored two Oscar noms, and co-produced 2009’s “Brendan and The Secret of Kells
,” which again made the final cut.
Released in the U.S. and promoted by GKids, Les Armateurs
’ latest toon pic, “Ernest & Celestine” (pictured), produced with Studiocanal, scored a 100% Rotten Tomatoes critics’ rating and is in the running for the 86th Academy Awards on March 2.
Reginald de Guillebon, the owner of the Hildegarde holding company that bought up Les Armateurs
in late 2011, will replace Brunner as Les Armateurs
president. Brunner will be retained as an artistic consultant for Hildegarde,