The arrival of spring in France coincided with a game of musical chairs within the French broadcast community. Olivier-René Veillon, general manager of TV France International, was one of the first to change seats when he announced his resignation from the Paris-based organization. Veillon is set to join French distributor Tele-Images International as its executive vice president at the beginning of June, when he will take charge of acquisitions and sales for international distribution. As a veteran of the French television industry, Veillon will use his experience to attempt to reach Tele-Images’ year end distribution target of Fr $70 million (US$9.5 million), a notable increase from its Fr $50 million (US$6.8 million) goal in 1999. He will also contribute to the development of international coproductions. Veillon replaces Monica Galer, who left Tele-Images to become a
consultant to European commercial broadcaster CLT-UFA.
Appointed managing director of TVFI, Mathieu Bejot has accepted the task of succeeding Veillon. Bejot was most recently the audio-visual attache at the French Embassy in Japan, where he was charged with promoting French television, radio, music and film. Bejot’s most recent affiliation with TVFI was through his contributions to the third annual Tokyo Showcase, a joint effort between TVFI and the Cultural Affairs department at the French Embassy in Japan, which was held last March.