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DISTRIBUTION France

Changes in UFD and TFM boards

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Two executives were appointed to lead two leading French theatrical distributors: José Covo joins UFD - UGC Fox Distribution and Jean-Paul Rougier joins TFM. They replace Steve Rubin and Périne Tézé.
Covo is the new general manager of the distribution company born of a joint venture between UFC-Fox and France’s leading film distributor, responsible for selling 25.5million tickets in 2002, and which has a 13.7 per cent share of the domestic market. The former Polygram executive was instrumental in the creation of Pan Européenne, he was also behind the 2000 launch of Cinévia of which he was also president.
Set up in 2002 as a joint distribution venture by TF1 and Miramax, TFM became operational in October 2002. The post of chief executive became vacant after Perine Tézé took maternity leave. Her replacement is Jean-Paul Rougier, the head of UIP until last autumn. He will lead TFM through one of its most ambitious and busy seasons, with the release of almost 20 films, including Bienvenue chez les Rozes by Hervé Palluau starring Carole Bouquet, scheduled for 16 April, followed in July by Alex de la Iglesia’s 800 balles starring Carmen Maura.

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(Translated from French)

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