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EuropaCorp S.A.
Public S.A.
Traded as EuronextECP
Industry Motion picture
Founded 1996; 20 years ago (1996)
Headquarters Saint-Denis, France
Number of locations
2 (2016)
Key people
Revenue Increase €211.8 million (2013)[1]
Parent Frontline

EuropaCorp is a French motion picture company headquartered in Saint-Denis, near Paris, and one of a few full service independent studios that both produces and distributes feature films, as well as the one of the major companies in Europe. It specializes in production, distribution, home entertainment, VOD, sales, partnerships and licenses, recording, publishing and exhibition. EuropaCorp's integrated financial model generates revenues from a wide range of sources, with films from many genres and a strong presence in the international markets.

Over 14 years, EuropaCorp has produced and co-produced over 80 films and is now distributing over 500 titles after the integration of the RoissyFilms Catalogue. The studio is mainly known for its expertise in the production of English language films with strong earning potential in the international marketplace.[2] The company is renowned for developing and producing the blockbuster franchises, the Taken trilogy and the Transporter series.[3]

The company began producing TV series in 2010 through EuropaCorp Television which is currently adapting one of EuropaCorp's most famous and popular film franchises: Taxi.


Luc Besson began directing features with his film, Le Dernier Combat (1983). In 1985 he worked with Pierre-Ange Le Pogam for the first time on the movie Subway. Le Pogam was then Distribution Director at Gaumont. Subsequently, virtually all the films that Besson made with Gaumont between 1985 and 1999 topped the three-million ticket mark at the box office (e.g. The Big Blue (1988), Nikita (1990), Léon, The Fifth Element (1997) and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)) Meanwhile, Le Pogam developed innovative promotional techniques at Gaumont, which he applied for the first time for Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997). This film was France’s biggest export success of all time until Taken 2 was released in 2012, which established a new record.

In 1997 Pierre-Ange Le Pogam became Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Gaumont. In September 2000 Besson and Le Pogam founded Europacorp.[2] This superseded Besson's earlier production company known as Films du Dauphin.

In July 2007 EuropaCorp successfully managed its IPO on Euronext Paris.[4]

In May 2008, the CSA, French authority for media regulation, selected the EuropaCorp TV project in its invitation to apply for a mobile TV channel in France.[citation needed]

In 2013 Lisa Ellzey, hitherto producer for Lions Gate and 20th Century Fox, was appointed as executive vice president of U.S. Motion Picture Production of EuropaCorp.[5]


Today EuropaCorp is owned at 62% by Luc Besson through his company Frontline and at 8.06% by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam; 23% is public.[4][6]
Besson is the Chairman of EuropaCorp's Board of Directors.
Jean-Julien Baronnet was the Chief Executive Officer of EuropaCorp until November 2008. Christophe Lambert was CEO from 2010 to 2016.[7] Marc Shmuger was appointed as CEO in 2016.[8]

Digital Factory[9] is related to EuropaCorp via Luc Besson. EuropaCorp films, post-production of sound for EuropaCorp films is performed chiefly at its Normandy site, while the image editing is done in Paris.

In September 2016 it was announced that Chinese film company Fundamental Films had acquired a stake of 27.9% in EuropaCorp, becoming the second-largest shareholder in the company.[10]

International dimension[edit]

EuropaCorp has notably produced the world box-office hits Taken ($224 million at world box-office), Arthur and the Invisibles ($107 million), Transporter 3 ($106 million) and Hitman ($100 million). Two EuropaCorp productions have been topping the US box-office: Transporter 2 by summer 2005 and Taken at spring 2009.

Many international film stars have appeared in EuropaCorp productions: Jim Carrey, Penélope Cruz, Robert De Niro, David Duchovny, Morgan Freeman, Salma Hayek, Tommy Lee Jones, Jet Li, John Malkovich, Jason Statham, Brittany Murphy, Liam Neeson, Madonna, Ewan McGregor, Lou Reed, and others. Consequently, the films are usually shot in English.[11]

EuropaCorp Japan, a subsidiary of EuropaCorp based in Tokyo, has for core business the distribution of feature films in Japan. It is a joint-venture with three Japanese companies: Asmik Ace, Sumitomo Corporation and Kadokawa.

In 2012 Europacorp struck a three-year output deal with Chinese film distributor Fundamental Films for 15 feature films. Fundamental Films agreed to co-produce three of these films.[12][13]

In April 2013 the company announced its next film will be Lucy, which will be directed by Luc Besson and star American actress Scarlett Johansson.[14]

"Cité du Cinéma", French movie studios[edit]

EuropaCorp relocated to the Cité du Cinéma in 2012. This movie studio complex, located in Saint-Denis in the close outskirts of Paris, at build out will have a total of 9 film stages,[2] with another 12,000 square metres of space devoted to technical units and 2200 square metres for screening and reception rooms.[2][15]

The cinema school Louis-Lumière National Higher School is to be relocated to the complex.

EuropaCorp signed a lease with the Nef Lumière, owner of the tertiary complex, for space for its permanent staff and the film crews, with extra space for potential new activities. This tertiary complex is financed by both the Caisse des Dépôt and Vinci.

EuropaCorp is a minority shareholder in the company operating the studios, joining Euro Media Group, Quinta Communications and Frontline. The Euro Media Group, which owns several film studios throughout Europe, will provide management of daily operations of these studios of Paris.


Year Film Release date Director Reception
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1997 Nil by Mouth November 7 Gary Oldman 65%
2000 Taxi 2 March 29 Gérard Krawczyk
The Dancer Fred Garson
Exit Olivier Megaton
Bang Rajan Tanit Jitnukul
2001 Yamakasi Ariel Zeitoun

Julien Seri

15 août Patrick Alessandrin
Kiss of the Dragon August 1 Chris Nahon
Wasabi October 31 Gérard Krawczyk 43% 53
2002 Blanche Bernie Bonvoisin
Once Upon an Angel October 9 Vincent Perez
The Transporter October 23 Louis Leterrier 53%
Chaos and Desire Manon Briand
2003 Laughter and Punishment Isabelle Doval
Taxi 3 January 29 Gérard Krawczyk
I, César Richard Berry
Tristan Philippe Harel
Fanfan la Tulipe May 14 Gérard Krawczyk
Les Côtelettes Bertrand Blier
High Tension June 18 Alexandre Aja 41% 42
La Felicità, non costa niente Mimmo Calopresti
Michel Vaillant November 19 Louis-Pascal Couvelaire
Together Chen Kaige
Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior Prachya Pinkaew 86%
2004 Crimson Rivers 2 Olivier Dahan
The Story of My Life Laurent Tirard
My Spitting Image May 26 Aruna Villiers
District 13 November 10 Pierre Morel 80%
2005 Unleashed February 2 Louis Leterrier 65% 58
Ze Film Guy Jacques
The Prompter Guillaume Pixie
Pale Eyes Jérome Bonnell
Imposture Patrick Bouchitey
Next! Jeanne Biras
Transporter 2 August 3 Louis Leterrier
Revolver September 28 Guy Ritchie
The Black Box November 2 Richard Berry
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada November 23 Tommy Lee Jones 87%
Angel-A December 21 Luc Besson 44%
2006 Colour Me Kubrick January 4 Brian W. Cook 50% 57
Bandidas February 3 Joachim Roenning

Espen Sandberg

The Chinese Botanist's Daughters April 26 Dai Sijie
Love and Other Disasters Alek Keshishian
Dikkenek Oliver Van Hoofstadt
Cheeky David Thewlis
The Singer May 26 Xavier Giannoli
Tell No One November 1 Guillaume Canet 94% 82
Arthur and the Invisibles Luc Besson
Adam's Apples Anders Thomas Jensen 69% 51
2007 Taxi 4 February 14 Gérard Krawczyk
Michou d'Auber Thomas Gilou
The Dinner Guest Laurent Bouhnik
The Secret October 10 Vincent Perez
Masked Mobsters Ariel Zeitoun
Hitman December 26 Xavier Gens 14% 35
2008 Frontier(s) 55% 44
My Very Best Friend Isabelle Doval
Taken February 27 Pierre Morel 58% 50
Behind the Walls Christian Faure
Sagan June 11 Diane Kurys
Go Fast Oliver Van Hoofstadt
Being W. Karl Zéro

Michel Royer

Four Minutes Chris Kraus
G.A.L. Miguel Courtois
Transporter 3 Olivier Megaton 37% 51
Be Kind Rewind Michel Gondry 66% 52
2009 Special Correspondents Frédéric Auburtin
District 13: Ultimatum Patrick Alessandrin
Villa Amalia Benoît Jacquot
Hallelujah! Roger Delattre
Home Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Staten Island James DeMonaco
Human zoo Rie Rasmussen
Fashion Victim Gérard Jugnot
Le Concert Radu Mihaileanu
In the Beginning Xavier Giannoli
Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard Luc Besson
2010 The Whistler Phillppe Lefebvre
Paris Express Hervé Renoh
22 Bullets Richard Berry
I Love You Phillip Morris Glenn Ficara

John Requa

From Paris With Love Pierre Morel
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec Luc Besson
Little White Lies Guillaume Canet
The Big Picture Eric Lartigau
Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds Luc Besson
La révélation Hans-Christian Schmid
Un balcon sur la mer Nicole Garcia
2011 Romance in the Dark Rie Rasmussen
Halal police d'État Rachid Dhibou
Au bistro du coin Charles Nemes
The Source Radu Mihăileanu
Un baiser papillon Karine Silla
Colombiana Olivier Megaton
A Monster in Paris Bibo Bergeron
La planque Akim Isker
The Lady Luc Besson
L'amour dure trois ans Frédéric Beigbeder
2012 Lock-Out James Mather

Stephen St. Leger

À l'aveugle Xavier Palud
Blind Man
Taken 2 Olivier Megaton
The Man Who Laughs Jean-Pierre Améris
2013 The Family Luc Besson


The Marchers by Nabil Ben Yadir

Les boulistes, by Frédéric Berthe

Pour une femme, by Diane Kurys

Les Petits Princes, by Vianney Lebasque

Möbius by Éric Rochant

Intersection by David Marconi

20 ans d'écart by David Moreau

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Stéphane Berla & Mathias Malzieu

Romance in the Dark by Rie Rasmussen

Les invincibles by Frédéric Berthe

36 heures à tuer by Tristan Aurouet


3 Days to Kill, by McG

Never on the First Night by Melissa Drigeard

Lucy by Luc Besson

Brick Mansions by Camille Delamarre

Fastlife by Thomas N'Gijol

Cartoonists - Foot Soldiers of Democracy by Stéphanie Valloatto

Le Jeu de la vérité by François Desagnat

Angélique by Ariel Zeitoun

Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello

The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones


Taken 3


The Transporter Refueled

Big Game


Nine Lives

Shut In

The Warriors Gate[16]

Their Finest[17]



The Transporter 5[19]

The Transporter 6[19]

Sea At War a under water fantasy epic.[20][21]

Television series[edit]

Upcoming projects[edit]

  • Life after Life (La vie après la vie) — a six-episode, English-language series created by Luc Besson and writer-producer Naren Shankar[22]
  • Sous-doués passent le Bac — a miniseries based on a film by Claude Zidi[22]
  • Le passager – a six-part thriller adapted from the novel of the same name by Jean-Christophe Grangé[22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2009: In the Beginning directed by Xavier Giannoli competed as France's Official Selection in the Cannes Film Festival.
  • 2009: I Love You Phillip Morris, in which Glenn Ficarra and John Requa edJim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, competed for the Camera d’Or during the Director’s Fortnight.
  • 2009: Taken, directed by Pierre Morel, was nominated at the Teen Choice Award for the Action Adventure Movie Award. The movie and its soundtrack composer Nathaniel Mechaly in particular, won the BMI Film Music Award.
  • 2009: Human Zoo, directed by Rie Rasmussen, competed at the 59th Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section, as well as at the film festivals in Copenhagen and Rio de Janeiro.
  • 2007: Hitman, directed by Xavier Gens, won the Golden Trailer Award 2008 for Best Motion/Title Graphics.
  • 2007: Arthur and the Invisibles, directed by Luc Besson, won the NRJ Ciné Award 2007 for Best Dubbing; the film was also nominated at the Young Artist Award for Best International Family Feature Film and Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Leading Young Actor with Freddie Highmore.
  • 2006: The Chinese Botanist's Daughters, directed by Dai Sijie, won in 2006 the Best Artistic Contribution and People’s Choice Awards at the Montreal World Film Festival, and was nominated for the «Grand Prix des Amériques». The film won the Best Canadian Film or Video Award at the 2007 Toronto Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival.
  • 2005: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, by Tommy Lee Jones, was nominated for the Palme d'Or, and Tommy Lee Jones won the Best Actor Award while Guillermo Arriaga won the Best Script Award. The movie was given a place of honor at the Satellite Awards 2005 and the Independent Spirit Awards 2005. It also won the “Grand Prix” at the Flanders International Film Festival and the Bronze Wrangler at the Western Heritage Awards.


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