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Sauzay expected to leave StudioCanal for Pathé

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StudioCanal’s head of International Sales Muriel Sauzay is expected to join Pathé, leaving the Canal+ group where she has worked since 1997 and her current position that she has occupied since 2003.

Ms Sauzay will take up her new post as head of all Pathé international sales teams before the end of the summer. She will also be responsible for teams of the group’s British subsidiary, which she will co-manage with Pathé UK’s current International Sales Director Mike Runagall.

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Sauzay’s transfer is the latest move in a vast restructuring at Pathé this year, which has seen François Ivernel take operational control of production and distribution at the group (see news).

In terms of international sales, Pathé’s catalogue features a robust line-up (see article). Films in post-production include Asterix at the Olympic Games [+see also:
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by directing duo Thomas Langmann and Frédéric Forestier, Jan Kounen’s 99 francs [+see also:
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, Abdellatif Kechiche’s La graine et le mulet, Dany Boon’s comedy Bienvenue chez les Chtis, Stephane Kazandjian’s Modern Love and Marc Esposito’s ensemble film Le coeur des hommes 2, while titles in production include Christophe Barratier’s Faubourg 36, Etienne Chatiliez’s Agathe Clery, Océans by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (Winged Migration), The Illusionist by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville [+see also:
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) and Loup (“Wolf”) by Nicolas Vanier (The Last Trapper).

Francis Ford Coppola’s Youth Without Youth [+see also:
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, Ken Loach’s It's a Free World and Jane Campion’s Bright Star are among the potential English-language hits.

(Translated from French)

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