THIERRY ARDISSON

Producer, Ardimages France

  Based in Paris, Thierry founded Ardimages in 2013 to develop producer-driven films and TV series. He notably produced the feature film Max (2012), and TV series Peplum (2015) for M6. Thierry is also an associate producer on the films produced by Ardimages’ subsidiary company NoLiTa Cinema, which in 2016 was the second producer of French films after Gaumont, according to the CNC.

 

  Thierry is best known for creating some of the longest running talk shows on French television, which include: Paris Dernière, 20 years on Paris Première / Tout le monde en parle, 9 years on France 2  / Salut les Terriens!, 10 years on Canal +. He also hosted several of these programmes, becoming the national equivalent of David Letterman and winning two 7 d’Or, the French Emmy Awards.

  Thierry’s career in the media started over 40 years ago, as copywriter in advertising. He then founded the advertising agency Business, and created, in association with Daniel Filipacchi and Hachette, the monthly magazine with the highest ever sales in France, Entrevue (550 000 copies). Thierry has written two N°1 best-sellers in non-fiction, Louis XX (Orban / 1986), a study on the end of the Monarchy in France, and Confessions of a Babyboomer (Flammarion / 2006), his autobiography.

MANON ARDISSON

Producer, Ardimages UK

MANON ARDISSON is BAFTA-nominated producer and managing director of Ardimages UK. She produced the BFI-backed feature film GOD’S OWN COUNTRY (2017) by Francis Lee, which premiered at Sundance, winning the Special Jury Award for Directing in the World Dramatic competition. The film, sold by Protagonist Pictures and released in the UK by Picturehouse Entertainment, won 4 British Independent Film Awards in 2017, including Best Feature, and was BAFTA nominated for an Outstanding British Film Award in 2018.

 

Manon also produced Venezuelan director Jorge Thielen Armand's critically-acclaimed features LA FORTALEZA (Rotterdam 2020) and LA SOLEDAD (Venice 2016); Mo Scarpelli's feature documentary EL FATHER PLAYS HIMSELF (Visions du Réel 2020); and TV pilot HEART TO HEART (SXSW 2020) written by IR Bell-Webb and directed by Lilah Vandenburgh.

 

Manon has been selected for a number of talent schemes, such as Creative England’s iFeatures, Film London’s Microwave, and Venice’s Biennale College Cinema, among others. Manon comes from a production background, and also worked as Creative Assistant at Paul Webster’s Shoebox Films.

CHIARA VENTURA

Producer, Ardimages UK

Chiara joined Ardimages in February 2017 to track talent and develop new projects. A graduate from the National Film and TV School, she has produced a number of award-winning short films commissioned by Film London, Creative England and the BBC (including the award-winning SATAN HAS A BUSHY TAIL and ERIC, broadcast on BBC4 as part of LISTEN TO BRITAIN 2017). Most recently, she produced musician Elizabeth Sankey's debut feature documentary ROMANTIC COMEDY (2019), which has played at more than 30 film festivals including SXSW, AFI, IFFR, BUSAN, CPH:DOX and Sheffield DocFest, and was long-listed for a BIFA; as well as comedy TV pilot HEART TO HEART, written by IR Bell-Webb and directed by Lilah Vandenburgh, which was selected for SXSW's 2020 Episodic Pilot Competition and the BFI Flare LGBTQI+ Film Festival.

Prior to joining Ardimages, Chiara also worked in production as a coordinator and assistant (credits include COUPLE IN A HOLE, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and BBC STORYVILLE documentary MY NAZI LEGACY), and in sales and distribution at The Works Film Group.  Chiara is an alumna of the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab, Creative England’s Creative Producers Initiative and BAFTA Crew and has had feature-length projects selected for BFI and BBC backed development schemes such as Film London Microwave and Creative England iFeatures.