Patricia Boutinard-Rouelle, France Télévisions’ director of documentaries, is leaving the French public broadcaster after 16 years to form her own factual indie, realscreen can reveal.
She will finish with France Télévisions later this month, before giving the April 2 keynote at MIPdoc in Cannes, France, in her new capacity as an independent producer. Her new outfit will be based in Paris.
Boutinard-Rouelle told realscreen she is keeping the name of her new indie close to her chest for now, but said her MIPdoc keynote will contain reflections on her time at France Télévisions, along with her thoughts on the role of modern-day documentary producers and the state of the international market place.
“It’s a market where the documentary is developing in terms of its volume and ambition,” she said, adding that “formats are playing an increasing role in factual.”
During her time at the French pubcaster, Boutinard-Rouelle has worked across the group’s entire portfolio of channels, including stints covering the France 2 and France 5 channels.
Her Saturday keynote will be followed by a second MIPdoc keynote on Sunday, April 3, from Luis Silberwasser, the exec VP and chief content officer at Discovery Networks International’s recently formed production and development unit.
Silberwasser took on the role last November, having previously been in charge of overseeing the international roll-out of Discovery’s TLC channel brand.