Nicolas Brigaud Robert
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Nicolas Brigaud-Robert is a French producer, international film sales agent, and co-founder of the Playtime (formerly known as Films Distribution). He is also a professor at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and co-director of the prestigious master’s program titled Digital, Media, & Cinema at Paris 1.
After studying at The Paris Institute of Political Studies, he obtained a DESS in Media Law at University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, a Master in Broadcast Administration from Boston University (as a Fulbright Scholar), and a DEA in Social Sciences from École normale supérieure (Paris). He completed his academic studies by pursuing a Phd in Sociology from EHESS.
In 1997, along with a friend, he created Films Distribution (currently known as Playtime as of 2017), a Paris-based hybrid finance, venture investment and international sales company committed to amplifying diverse voices around the world. ,  Their impressive roster includes Days of Glory, Lady Chatterley (film), Love Me If You Dare, and Son of Saul, for which it won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2016. Through his company Playtime, he has also co-produced approximately 15 films, of which included Frantz, The Innocents, BPM (Beats per Minute) which won 6 César Awards, including Best Film. He has even sold the films of Jacques Tati worldwide.
In 2000, he founded CineInfo.fr, alongside François Yon and Valéry Guibal. CineInfo is a first in the world of simultaneous television broadcasting on both the web and on TVs 24/7. The channel broadcasts programs on cinema, film trailers and it also offers parallel services: online ticketing, DVD purchases and relevant products. In April 2002, the channel was bought by the Canal + group and merged with Allociné.
In 2004, he extended Playtime's activity by creating Film Talents which is currently under leadership by Juanita Fellag. Film Talents is a talent agency that represents directors, authors and actors. Their client roster includes director Julia Ducournau, actor Kévin Azaïs, director Hubert Charuel, and even the director Régis Roinsard. While working as a talent agent, two of Nicolas Brigaud-Robert's clients won best acting awards: Tahar Rahim received a César for Best Actor while Isabelle Adjani received a César for Best Actress.
In 2014, in conjunction with a group of shareholders, he bought the Latina cinema, which they renamed the Luminor Hôtel de ville. His fellow shareholders are: the director Bertrand Bonello, the producers Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault from 2.4.7 Films, Éric and Nicolas Altmayer, producers from Mandarin Cinéma, Alexis Dantec from 3 Luxembourg and the co-founders of Films Distribution François Yon, Valéry Guibal and Sébastien Beffa, and the Swiss company Frenetic.
In September 2017 at the 42nd Toronto Film Festival, his company, Film Distribution, announced their new name, Playtime.
In parallel with these activities, he is co-director and professor of the professional master's program titled Digital, Media, Cinema (formerly known as Cinema, Television, New Media) at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. He teaches economic sociology in the audiovisual sector. He is also an associate professor at the University of Paris VIII.
Nicolas Brigaud-Robert is also a member of the The French Film Export association.
- L'Anglais des producteurs (avec J.C. Robert), Economica, 1999.
- Les Producteurs de télévision et l’Industrialisation de la production, Actes du Colloque international « Mutations des industries de la culture, de l’information et de la communication », 2006.
- Les Producteurs de télévision, Presses universitaires de Vincennes, 2011.
- "Les Mutations des filières cinématographiques et audiovisuelles : Quels enjeux pour la diversité culturelle ?", en co-écriture avec Yolande Combès, dans Philippe Bouquillion et Yolande Combès (dir.), Diversité et Industries culturelles, L’Harmattan, 2011.
- "Les Producteurs de télévision : Une profession au risque de son temps", in Professions et professionnels de la communication, Charles Gadea et Stéphane Olives (dir). Octarès, 2016.
In the media
- Nicolas Brigaud-Robert - V500 | Variety.com
- Nicolas Brigaud-Robert on IMDb
- Nicolas Brigaud-Robert on twitter
- Nicolas Brigaud-Robert • Exporter - Cineuropa
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