Newen Studios has appointed a new CEO in Romain Bessi, who will succeed Bibiane Godfroid effective Jan. 31.
Bessi previously piloted Newen’s international expansion. The company says his main focus will be to enhance the company’s growth in France and internationally, attract and retain talent and strengthen value by creating synergies between Newen group entities.
Bessi joined the Newen group as managing director in 2018. He took on heading up TF1 Studio in 2019, and has supervised all Newen Studios operations since the beginning of this year.
Godfroid will depart, in agreement with TF1 group chairman and CEO Gilles Pélisson, to free up more time for developing personal projects. Godfroid joined Newen when the TF1 group invested in production with a 70% stake in Newen in 2015, and she took over as CEO when the TF1 group bought out the rest of the prodco in 2018.
The studio has more than tripled in size since it was acquired by the TF1 group, and has transformed from an all-French prodco into one of Europe’s leading producers and distributors, and a major international player in content creation. Newen has a presence in eight countries through its principal subsidiaries: Newen France, Newen Connect (France, UK), TF1 Studio (France, UK), Reel One (Canada), iZen (Spain, UK), De Mensen (Belgium), Tuvalu (Netherlands), Blue Spirit (France and Canada), Ringside Studios (UK) and Flare Film (Germany).
“The last few years have witnessed the transformation of Newen Studios into a dynamic, major established player, with a diversified mix of genres, geographies and activities,” Bessi said in a news release.
“Together we will further develop the Group, with ambition and kindness, while staying true to our authentic European roots and our core mission: create the best stories and bring them to the rest of the world.”