Impact film producer, creator, and broadcaster of engaged content
Our mission is to inspire change, and spur action among our audience through the “soft power” of images, cinema, series, TV series, documentaries, or fictions, either French or international:
- Production and wide distribution of content on all supports and media;
- Large-scale impact campaigns;
- Measurable, tangible and comprehensible results on major societal topics;
- A broad and engaged community.
Our films aim to shed new light on the major issues of our time (protection of biodiversity, human rights, equal opportunities…). Content is the starting point for raising awareness. Impact campaigns extend the film experience by giving the audience the keys for action.
Each of our theatrical or TV release’s conventional marketing campaign is backed by a specific communication on the said thematic in collaboration with NGOs, institutions, ministries, foundations. As well as by events, exhibitions, lectures, or selections in festivals.
Founder, Partner, President
Jean François joined Echo Studio in 2019, after spending 30 years with the Walt Disney Company, where he began his career in Los Angeles (1990-1992). From 1992 to 2009, he was the Head of Distribution for Disney, Pixar, Studio Ghibli, Marvel and Gaumont (1992-2004).
He co-financed and distributed socially engaged and engaging documentaries, On the Way to School for Disney and March of the Penguins, The Fox & the Child, Once Upon a Forest for Bonne Pioche among others. From 2008, he produced 12 films for Disneynature of which he is the founder and General Manager. From 2009 to 2019, he acted as President of the Walt Disney Company France, Benelux, and French Speaking Africa (cinema, TV, by-products, music, publishing). Jean-François is the author of Le Marketing du cinéma (Dixit Publishing) and Putain de film (Balland Publishing).
He was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters) by the Government of France.
He received the National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite) from the Government of France.
Yves Darondeau & Emmanuel Priou
Yves and Emmanuel were made Chevaliers des Arts et des Lettres (Knights of Arts and Letters) by the Government of France.
A lawyer graduated in finance from ESCP Europe, Raphaël began his career in 2008 with law firm Frieh & Associates. In 2011, he became Head of Business Affairs for Back Up Media group, specialized in film and television financing. In 2014, he joined Légende Productions as Legal and Business Affairs before joining Memento Films International in 2017.