millions of loans
feature films financed to date
years in business
hours of TV programmes a year


Jean-Baptiste Souchier


After graduating from HEC, Jean-Baptiste spent 16 years in the ABN Amro banking group and its subsidiary Neuflize OBC Bank. After a number of years in Film and Media Financing, in France and the US, he was Director in charge of the Bank’s Media Communication & Internet corporate banking department, and from 2008 to 2012, CEO of Neuflize OBC Corporate Finance, its merger and acquisitions consulting subsidiary. Jean-Baptiste became Managing Director of Cofiloisirs in 2012, and our CEO in 2019.

Sophie Marrel


Sophie graduated from EM LYON Business School and began a 10-year career in corporate banking and structured finance at Crédit Lyonnais. She joined Cofiloisirs in 2004 as head of our Legal Department, and in 2011 became our Risk Manager. Sophie has been our COO since 2019.

Adrien O'Byrne


Adrien graduated from ISC Business School in 2004 and began his career at Banque Palatine as Relationship Manager, before joining BNP Paribas in 2009 where he held various commercial positions, in Paris and in Metz, and strategy and organization consulting assignment, which have enabled him to develop commercial, management and project management skills. In 2022, he joined Cofiloisirs as COO and Deputy Managing Director.

Sylvie El Sayegh


Sylvie started her career with us in 1991 after graduating from HEC. As director, she has developed a strong expertise in International Co-production, working closely with French and International producers.

Dominique Malet


After graduating from HEC, Dominique spent 8 years at BNP Paribas, in their merger and acquisitions department. Dominique joined us in 1998, from 2006 to 2015, she was also Director of Sogesofica, our subsidiary that specialises in managing Soficas and other film finance services. Dominique helps producers and distributors structure their cashflow needs and spearheads international co-production and co-financing for us.

Christophe Salvaing


Christophe joined us in 2020 as Director and has nearly 15 years of film and tv banking and finance experience. Before joining us, he ran SOFICA Cinémage, a tax incentive investment fund for film and television productions, raising and investing nearly €60m across 250 productions. Christophe began his banking career in the film and television departments of Banque Fortis and BESV after graduating from ESSEC Business School. Christophe coordinates the development of our European tv drama operations.

Isabelle Devaux


After a number of years at BNP Paribas, in 1988 Isabelle moved to Banque CSIA (Groupe Natixis) to set up their film finance department. Isabelle joined us in 1992. She manages a portfolio of clients and works on both French and international live and animation feature films and television productions.

Kevin Levy

Account Manager

After graduating from ESSEC Business School, Kevin began his career as a finance production manager for the animation studio ILLUMINATION MAC GUFF before working in the film and television departments of Banque Palatine. Kevin joined Cofiloisirs in 2022 as Account Manager and has nearly 10 years of film and tv banking and finance experience. Kevin’s portfolio mainly revolves around animation studios. He also supervises the development of our movie theaters financing operations.

Andrew Hildebrand

International Film Finance Consultant

Andrew joined us in 2015. Before that, he was a leading UK Entertainment lawyer, and headed up business and legal affairs for Channel 4 Television, FilmFour, Qwerty Films, and Momentum Pictures (now EOne). Andrew worked with Richard Attenborough before running his own mediation practice resolving entertainment and media industry disputes. Based in London, Andrew works closely with our international co-production and co-financing team.

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