|Headquarters||Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France|
Number of locations
|Revenue||EUR226.5 million (2018)|
|-EUR82.8 millions (2018)|
Fundamental Films (27.9%)
EuropaCorp S.A. (stylised in opening logo as EUROPA CORP.) is a French motion picture company headquartered in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, and one of a few full service independent studios that both produces and distributes feature films. 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. The company developed and produced the successful Taken trilogy and the Transporter series. The company began producing TV series in 2010 through EuropaCorp Television which had already adapted EuropaCorp's popular Taxi film franchise.
The company was created by Luc Besson in 1992 under the name Leeloo Productions, but it only fully began producing and co-producing feature films many years later, with the release of Taxi (film series) and The Dancer. The company was renamed EuropaCorp in 2000. Luc Besson had also created a smaller production company called Les Films du Dauphin in 1990 that has existed outside of Leeloo Productions / EuropaCorp. Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, old associate of Besson from Gaumont, the production company behind many earlier Besson's directed films, joined EuropaCorp in 2000. He had worked with Besson since 1985 first as a Distribution Director and from 1997 as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Gaumont. He became known as the right-hand man of Besson at EuropaCorp. He left the company in 2011 over disagreements with Besson.
In July 2007 EuropaCorp successfully managed its IPO on Euronext Paris. 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. In 2013 Lisa Ellzey, hitherto producer for Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox, was appointed as executive vice president of U.S. Motion Picture Production of EuropaCorp.
In 2018, Besson was accused of rape by an actress who wishes to remain anonymous. EuropaCorp stocks dropped 17% to just EUR2.31 ($2.70) after the rape allegation. Later the same year, EuropaCorp sold its French television division to Mediawan and renamed into Storia Television. EuropaCorp also agreed to sell the Roissy Films library to Gaumont. Five more women made similar statements against Besson.
In May 2019 EuropaCorp was granted a six-month debt waiver from a French commercial court and placed under court protection. A week later the studio filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States. Its stock value had fallen to EUR0.67. It had no films in production. In December 2019 the company was $182 million in debt and it had been in long bailout negotiations with Vine Alternative Investments.
Besson was appointed 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. Marc Shmuger was appointed as CEO in 2016.
Digital Factory 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.
EuropaCorp has 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, Freddie Highmore, Ewan McGregor, Lou Reed, and others. Consequently, the films are usually shot in English.
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.
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, with another 12,000 square metres of space devoted to technical units and 2200 square metres for screening and reception rooms.
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.
|1997||Nil by Mouth||Gary Oldman||English||65%|
|2000||Taxi 2||Gérard Krawczyk||French|
|The Dancer||Fred Garson||English|
|Bang Rajan||Tanit Jitnukul||Thai|
|15 août||Patrick Alessandrin||French|
|Kiss of the Dragon||Chris Nahon||English|
|Once Upon an Angel||Vincent Perez||French|
|The Transporter||Louis Leterrier||English||53%|
|Chaos and Desire||Manon Briand||French|
|2003||Laughter and Punishment||Isabelle Doval||French|
|Taxi 3||Gérard Krawczyk||French|
|I, Cesar||Richard Berry||French|
|Fanfan la Tulipe||Gérard Krawczyk||French|
|Les Côtelettes||Bertrand Blier||French|
|High Tension||Alexandre Aja||French||41%||42|
|Happiness Costs Nothing||Mimmo Calopresti||Italian|
|Michel Vaillant||Louis-Pascal Couvelaire||French|
|Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior||Prachya Pinkaew||Thai||86%|
|2004||Crimson Rivers 2||Olivier Dahan||French|
|The Story of My Life||Laurent Tirard||French|
|My Spitting Image||Aruna Villiers||French|
|District 13||Pierre Morel||French||80%|
|Ze Film||Guy Jacques||French|
|The Prompter||Guillaume Pixie||French|
|Pale Eyes||Jérome Bonnell||French|
|Transporter 2||Louis Leterrier||English|
|The Black Box||Richard Berry||French|
|The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada||Tommy Lee Jones||English,
|2006||Colour Me Kubrick||Brian W. Cook||English||50%||57|
|The Chinese Botanist's Daughters||Dai Sijie||Chinese
|Love and Other Disasters||Alek Keshishian||English|
|Dikkenek||Olivier Van Hoofstadt||French|
|When I Was a Singer||Xavier Giannoli||French|
|Tell No One||Guillaume Canet||French||94%||82|
|Arthur and the Invisibles||Luc Besson||English|
|Adam's Apples||Anders Thomas Jensen||Danish||69%||51|
|2007||Taxi 4||Gérard Krawczyk||French|
|Michou d'Auber||Thomas Gilou||French|
|The Dinner Guest||Laurent Bouhnik||French|
|The Secret||Vincent Perez||English|
|Masked Mobsters||Ariel Zeitoun||French|
|My Very Best Friend||Isabelle Doval||French|
|Behind the Walls||Christian Faure||French|
|Go Fast||Olivier Van Hoofstadt||French|
|Four Minutes||Chris Kraus||German|
|Transporter 3||Olivier Megaton||English||37%||51|
|Be Kind Rewind||Michel Gondry||English||66%||52|
|2009||Special Correspondents||Frédéric Auburtin||French|
|District 13: Ultimatum||Patrick Alessandrin||French||74%||64|
|Villa Amalia||Benoît Jacquot||French|
|Staten Island||James DeMonaco||English|
|Human Zoo||Rie Rasmussen||English|
|Fashion Victim||Gérard Jugnot||French|
|Le Concert||Radu Mihaileanu||Russian,
|In the Beginning||Xavier Giannoli||French|
|Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard||Luc Besson||English|
|2010||The Whistler||Phillppe Lefebvre||French|
|Paris Express||Hervé Renoh||French|
|22 Bullets||Richard Berry||French|
|I Love You Phillip Morris||Glenn Ficarra||English||72%|
|From Paris With Love||Pierre Morel||English||37%|
|The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec||Luc Besson||French||83%|
|Little White Lies||Guillaume Canet||French||41%|
|The Big Picture||Eric Lartigau||French||88%|
|Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds||Luc Besson||English||20%|
|A View of Love||Nicole Garcia||French|
|2011||Halal police d'État||Rachid Dhibou||French|
|Au bistro du coin||Charles Nemes||French|
|The Source||Radu Mih?ileanu||Arabic|
|Un baiser papillon||Karine Silla||French|
|A Monster in Paris||Bibo Bergeron||French||85%|
|La Planque||Akim Isker||French|
|The Lady||Luc Besson||English||34%|
|Love Lasts Three Years||Frédéric Beigbeder||French|
|Blind Man||Xavier Palud||French|
|Taken 2||Olivier Megaton||English||21%||45|
|The Man Who Laughs||Jean-Pierre Améris||French|
|2013||The Family||Luc Besson||English||29%||42|
|The Marchers||Nabil Ben Yadir||French|
|For a Woman||Diane Kurys||French||89%||59|
|The Dream Kids||Vianney Lebasque||French|
|It Boy||David Moreau||French|
|Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart||French|
|Les Invincibles||Frédéric Berthe||French|
|36 heures à tuer||Tristan Aurouet|
|2014||3 Days to Kill||McG||English||28%||40|
|Never on the First Night||Melissa Drigeard||French|
|Brick Mansions||Camille Delamarre||English||26%||40|
|Cartoonists - Foot Soldiers of Democracy||Stéphanie Valloatto||French|
|Le Jeu de la vérité||François Desagnat||French|
|Saint Laurent||Bertrand Bonello||French||52%||52|
|The Homesman||Tommy Lee Jones||English||82%||68|
|2015||Taken 3||Olivier Mégaton||English||11%||26|
|The Transporter Refueled||Camille Delamarre||English||16%||32|
|Big Game||Jalmari Helander||English||76%||53|
|2016||Nine Lives||Barry Sonnenfeld||English||11%||11|
|Shut In||Farren Blackburn||English||3%||22|
|Miss Sloane||John Madden||English||76%||64|
|The Warriors Gate||Matthias Hoene||English||50%|
|2017||Their Finest||Lone Scherfig||English|
|Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets||Luc Besson||English||49%|
|The Circle||James Ponsoldt||English||16%|
|Ethel & Ernest||Roger Mainwood||English||94%|
|2018||Taxi 5||Franck Gastambide||French|
|TBA||The Transporter 5|
|The Transporter 6|
|Sea at War|
5.1.5 Company history and major events in the development of the company and Group
Created by Luc Besson in 1992 under the name Leeloo Productions, the Company really began producing and co-producing feature films in 1999, with the release the following year of Taxi 2 and The Dancer.