French public broadcaster France Télévisions will not replace departing director of documentaries Patricia Boutinard-Rouelle, moving instead to a decentralized system in which channel commissioners are given more power.
Boutinard-Rouelle is this month leaving the state-owned French network after 16 years to start up her own production company, as previously revealed by realscreen.
Following her departure, France Télévisions will restructure its factual department so that individual commissioners will order content for each of the network’s five channels.
Fabrice Puchault will oversee factual on France 2, Dana Hastier will oversee France 3, Yann Renoard will be in charge of France 4, Caroline Behar will oversee France 5, and Luc de Saint Sernin will oversee docs for France ô.
In addition, Puchault, Hastier and Behar will also have centralized, secondary roles. Puchault will oversee liaisons with independent producers; Hastier will oversee internal coordination and “harmonisation,” making sure that there aren’t, for example, two docs on the same subject on different channels; and Behar will oversee all documentary acquisitions for the group.
Ann Julienne will continue to oversee international development and coproduction, while Nicolas Deschamps – who joined France Télévisions as a commissioning editor for coproductions in February 2010 – moved to ITV Studios France earlier this year.
The departure of Boutinard-Rouelle and subsequent reorganization is a considerable one for the French broadcaster, which has a hand in more than 60% of all the documentary projects made in France.
It comes less than a year after the company moved to a centralized system, and follows the arrival of Rémy Pflimlin, who replaced Patrick de Carolis as the head of France Télévisions last August.