|Occupation||Producer, Screenwriter, and Director|
Carole Bienaimé (alter name Carole Bienaimé-Besse), is a French producer (TV and Cinema) and a director. She is managing director of the production company and advisory firm, April Snow Films & Capital. Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she was a board member of the Fund Compte de Soutien de l'Industrie de Programmes Audiovisuels (COSIP) at Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC). She is also Vice-President of major Producers Guild in France (USPA) and board member of French Producers Society (PROCIREP).
Carole Bienaimé has 15 years of experience in the international Entertainment industry and fundraising. Since 1998 she has been involved in many international productions. Since 2007, besides her Producer & CIO position in April Snow Films & Capital, Carole Bienaimé serves as board member of COSIP Fund (annual budget: 583M€) at the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC) - the French public organisation part of the French Ministry of Culture that invests in Feature Films and TV Programmes. Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister of Culture at that time, named her member of the board of the fund. Producer, advisor for international productions and coproductions, and financing expert, she was invited in 2010 by The Financial Times, to be part, as speaker, of the FT Business of Film Summit in Doha, Qatar, with other producers such as Harvey Weinstein, Bill Mechanic, Jeremy Thomas, Mark Gordon, etc.
Beside all that, since February 2012, she's Board Member and Vice President at the French Producers Guild: USPA. Since March 2012, she's also a regular columnist on Le Huffington Post (in association with Le Monde group). The Editor in chief of the French version of The Huffington Post (Time Warner group) is managed by Anne Sinclair.
Previously in 2007 Carole Bienaimé was Managing Director and Producer at Elemiah, the production company of Yamina Benguigui and Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière part of FIMALAC Group. In 2006 she became shareholder of B Pop LLP, the production company of Malcolm McLaren, the same year Fast Food Nation by Richard Linklater, a feature film based on the novel of Eric Schlosser, produced by Malcolm MacLaren and Jeremy Thomas was selected by Festival de Cannes to be part of the official competition. Before that, in 2004, she co-founded Productions Campagne Première, an international documentary films production company with Martin Meissonnier. Prior to this, in 2000 she was Head of fundraising & communications of Jacques Attali's international financing institution, PlaNet Finance, for which she also served as active Board member.
Carole Bienaimé established her career in 1998 in the film industry working as Production Manager at Productions Phares & Balises (Jean Labib & T. Celal) and with producer Marco Cherqui ("Un Prophète").
Since July 2010 Carole Bienaimé is Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts & des Lettres which is a French cultural honor from French Ministry of Culture, for people of artistic or literary creation or for the contribution they have made to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world. Carole has a Master's degree in Law and International Relations and a MBA in Economics.
2012: Heart of Blackness by Valérie Tong-Cuong and Isabelle Boni-Claverie with Danny Glover, based on the novel Où je Suis by Valérie Tong-Cuong published by Éditions Grasset & Fasquelle
2006 : special advisor of Malcolm McLaren producer of Fast Food Nation a film by Richard Linklater, based on the novel of Eric Schlosser. Official competition at Festival de Cannes.
2013 : Abraham Lincoln, the roads to Freedom by Carole Bienaimé (France Télévisions)
2012 : Label & Life, a documentary TV series about creation with Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier, etc. by David Carr-Brown, Carole Bienaimé and Alain Teulère (NRJ Group/ NRJ 12/ NRJ Paris)
2008 : The Real Joan of Arc by Martin Meissonnier (ARTE)
2007 : Henri Leclerc au Nom de L'Homme, by Rémi Lainé, Empreintes (France 5)
2007: Taking on Chanel by Bren Simson (Al Jazeera English)
2004 : On God’s Right by Martin Meissonnier (Canal + and SBS Australia)
2000 : Fous d'Opéra by Elizabeth Aubert (Canal +)
2000 : All about E.U. ? / Mein Gott Europa by Nick Fraser and Ben Lewis (BBC and ARTE) 2000 : Have you seen Jesus? by Alix de Saint-André and Bernard Cazedepats (Canal+) 1999 : Histoires d'en Sortir by Didier Lannoy (ARTE and France 3)
1998 : Journey to the Far Right by Nick Fraser and Christian Poveda (BBC and ARTE) 1998 : Le Saint-Suaire by Didier Lannoy (France 3) 1998 : Édouard Boubat by Itaka Schlubach (Paris Première) 1998 : Fashion : passion, sex and rebelion by Jaci Judelson and Gideon Koppel (BBC and ARTE)
2000: 1,2,3 Soleils (Khaled/Rachid Taha/Faudel) by Don't Kent (Barclay)
1999: Rodolphe Burger / Unlimited marriage II by Jacques Audiard (Chrysalis)
1999: Kenza, by Claude Santiago with Khaled (Barclay Polygram)
1999: Femi Kuti / Beng Beng Beng by Yves Buclet (Barclay Polygram / Universal Music)
1999: Liberté de Circulation / GISTI / Les petits papiers by Jacques Audiard (Naïve)
1998: Alain Bashung / Sommes-nous by Jacques Audiard
1998: Alain Bashung / La nuit je mens by Jacques Audiard, Best music video at Victoire de la musique in 1999 (Barclay Polygram)
1998 : Johnny Hallyday / Debout by Xavier Durringer (Mercury Records / Universal Music)
- Board of COSIP fund at CNC
- Carole Bienaimé's IMDb profile
- Financial Times Business of Film Summit
- April Snow Films & Capital
References and Notes
- Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée
- Décision du 15 janvier 2007 portant nomination à la commission prévue au paragraphe I (1°) de l'article 5 du décret n° 95-110 du 2 février 1995 modifié relatif au soutien financier à la production, à la préparation et à la distribution d'oeuvres audiovisuelles
- Décision du 5 février 2008 portant nomination à la commission prévue au paragraphe I (1°) de l'article 5 du décret n° 95-110 du 2 février 1995 modifié relatif au soutien financier à la production, à la préparation et à la distribution d'œuvres audiovisuelles
- The Financial Times, Business of Film Summit
- «Jean-Pierre Guérin reconduit à la Présidence de l'USPA» sur le Film Français, 15 février 2012
- Le Huffington Post, Columns by Carole Bienaimé-Besse
- Le Film Français, Juin 2007, Carole Bienaimé rejoint Yamina Benguigui
- Le Figaro, 15 octobre 2007, Yamina Benguigui Affiche la Couleur
- Ministère de la Culture, Nominations Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 2010