‘The Eddy’ Producer Olivier Bibas Named Head of Originals at France’s Canal+

The next head of originals at Canal+ will be veteran French producer Olivier Bibas, who will be in charge of both drama and foreign co-productions at the Vivendi-owned French pay-TV powerhouse.

Bibas succeeded Fabrice de la Patellière, who is moving to a production post at Canal+ subsidiary StudioCanal. Patellière and Arielle Saracco co-founded Canal+’s originals branch, Création Originale, in 2005, and have since helped develop highly acclaimed French shows such as The Bureau, Spiral, and Paris Police 1900. He also assisted in the development of international co-productions such as The Young Pope, Versailles, and ZeroZeroZero.

Bibas will take over on February 14, reporting to Gérald-Brice Viret, Canal+’s general director of French TV Channels and Programs. Bibas, an international co-production specialist, oversaw the development and production of several series, including the Paris-set, Damien Chazelle-directed Netflix jazz drama The Eddy, the action thriller The Transporter, a spin-off of the Luc Besson film franchise, and the French-Swedish procedural Midnight Sun, produced by Canal+ and Sweden’s SVT.

Bibas had just wrapped production on Django, a Sky/Canal+ Spaghetti Western starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Noomi Rapace. Since 2011, Bibas has served as managing director and executive producer at television production company Atlantique Productions. In 2020, the French business Mediawan purchased Atlantique.

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