07 May 2024


STUDIOCANAL has today announced the appointment of Isabelle Pain as Head of Global Acquisitions & Analytics. She will report to Ron Halpern, EVP Global Production & Talent Management.

Based in Paris, Isabelle Pain will be responsible for setting the overall strategy for STUDIOCANAL's film acquisitions. She will work with all STUDIOCANAL’s subsidiaries to run acquisitions across multiple regions through markets and festivals, as well as with all CANAL+ Group’s entities, its myCANAL platform and its channels in France and abroad.

With its subsidiaries and ecosystem of production companies across the main European markets – Germany, Benelux, Spain, France, Poland and the United Kingdom – as well as Australia, New Zealand and the United States, STUDIOCANAL acquires many films every year at trade shows, such as PAST LIVES (distributed in Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand), WRATH OF MAN (Australia, Germany), SAW X (Australia, New Zealand, Germany), ORPHAN: FIRST KILL (Australia, New Zealand, Germany), JOHN WICK (Australia, New Zealand), MADRES PARALLELAS, DOLOR Y GLORY (Germany), and MIRACULOUS LADYBUG (Poland, Germany).

Isabelle Pain has been appointed as Head of Global Acquisitions & Analytics as a direct response to STUDIOCANAL’s strong international expansion. With an increasing number of regions joining STUDIOCANAL and, more broadly, the CANAL+ Group, this new central role will set the multi-regional acquisition strategy and ensure the pan regional acquisitions are aligned. Due to the growth of STUDIOCANAL and its special standing in Europe and beyond, it receives a growing number of film projects to be considered for acquisition. The new team will be better able to deal with this large number of projects and acquire even more competitive, high-quality films.

Anna Marsh, CEO STUDIOCANAL, explains: “We are delighted to have Isabelle Pain as Head of Global Acquisitions & Analytics for STUDIOCANAL’s films. The international expansion of STUDIOCANAL, which is already a leader in Europe, plus the growth of our cinema releases across an increasing number of countries, means we need to further strengthen our strategy around film acquisitions. In light of this, Isabelle's expertise will prove essential, helping to strengthen the distribution of our content across all our regions and beyond.”

Isabelle Pain, Head of Global Acquisitions & Analytics, adds: “I’m delighted to join Anna Marsh, Ron Halpern and the whole STUDIOCANAL team to develop global film acquisitions. I’m honoured to join STUDIOCANAL and the CANAL+ Group at this time of strong international expansion. Throughout my career in acquisitions and content strategy, I’ve noted the excellent reputation STUDIOCANAL enjoys, as well as its special relationship with talent. I’m proud to join a European group with international reach, recognised for its top-quality storytelling.”


Until recently, Isabelle Pain was the Content and Strategy lead for Netflix France based in Paris since 2021. As part of her role, she managed Netflix's strategy and investment in local content (films and series) for the French territory. Part of her remit included evaluating STUDIOCANAL's multi-year film licensing agreements (Pay1).

Previously, Isabelle worked for Amazon Prime Video in Los Angeles, from 2015 to 2021, in different roles the global acquisitions department. In her latest role she held the position of Head of Content for Prime Video Canada from 2019 to 2021. At Prime Video, she also worked on the acquisition of STUDIOCANAL TV series and films.

Isabelle is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (Master Marketing & Communications, 2008). She began her career with Gameloft in Paris before relocating the United States in 2010. She worked for five years in the Tech Industry in San Francisco, before relocating Los Angeles to attend UCLA Anderson, where she graduated in 2016 with an MBA with a focus in entertainment and media.


STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating in all major European markets - France, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Spain and Benelux - as well as Australia, New Zealand and the United States. It finances, produces and distributes 80 films per year. It owns the largest catalogue in Europe and one of the most prestigious in the world, boasting around 9000 titles from 60 countries, spanning 100 years of film history. Close to 25 million euros has been invested into the 4K restoration of nearly 1000 classic feature films over the past 7 years. In addition, STUDIOCANAL also produces almost 20 series each year and operates at an international level by globally distributing its scripted productions and CANAL+ Originals (2000 hours of current and library content in distribution). All productions take place directly through STUDIOCANAL entities or with its award-winning network of 14 production companies in Europe and the United States: BAMBU PRODUCCIONES (SP), BIRDIE PICTURES (UK), DINGIE (NETH), LAILAPS FILMS (GER), OPUS TV (POL), RED PRODUCTION COMPANY (UK), SAM PRODUCTIONS (DEN), STRONG FILM & TELEVISION (UK), STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL (FR), STUDIOCANAL SERIES (GER), SUNNY MARCH TV (UK), THE PICTURE COMPANY (US), URBAN MYTH FILMS (UK), 2E BUREAU (FR).


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