Born on March 13, 1945 in Boulogne-Billancourt outside Paris. Son of filmmaker Henry Decoin. Secondary education at Sainte-Croix de Neuilly.
At 19 years of age, Decoin was hired as a journalist at France-Soir, then at Le Figaro, Nouvelles Littéraires, and Europe 1 and helped create V.S.D. magazine before becoming a chronicler at Neptune Moteur.
In parallel to his work as a journalist, he penned around thirty novels and a dozen essays. In 1977, he was awarded the prestigious Prix Goncourt for his novel John L’Enfer. His most recent publications include: Avec vue sur la mer, Est-ce ainsi que les femmes meurent? (adapted to the screen by Lucas Belvaux under the title 38 Témoins), Dictionnaire amoureux de la Bible, Je vois des jardins partout…
After serving twice as president of the Société des Gens de Lettres de France, Didier Decoin was elected to the Académie Goncourt in 1995 and is the current General Secretary.
As a screenwriter for the cinema, he worked with directors such as Marcel Carné, Robert Enrico, Henri Verneuil and Maroun Bagdadi with whom he received the Special Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the film Hors la vie.
He headed the Drama department at France 2 from 1992 to 1995, and then went on to write numerous scripts for television of which The Count of Monte Cristo (Sept d’Or award for bext screenplay), Les Misérables; Balzac; Napoleon and Le Roi, l’Ecureuil et la Couleuvre are examples.
Didier Decoin is a member of the Académie de Marine and president of the Ecrivains de Marine. He is married, has three boys and lives in Normandy.
President of several companies, Bernard Chevry created many professional organizations and events in widely different fields including toys, music and communications. In 1965, he launched, created and directed the first International Market of Television Programs in Cannes, today known as the MIPTV. Two years later, he founded the MIDEM, a musical edition market, and the MIPCOM which both still take place in Cannes each year.
Administrator of France 3 (French television channel) from 1992 to 1997, he has sat on the board of directors of Radio France since 1998, as a personality named by the CSA, and served as the interim chairman and managing director of Radio France following Jean-Marie Cavada’s departure in April 2004.
François Sauvagnargues began his career at the Société Française de Production where he worked first in the documentary department, before moving to international affairs. He then moved onto France Media International, where he was responsible for French public broadcasting sales. There, he worked successively in a number of positions in co-production and programme sales. He joined channel ARTE, when it was founded in 1992, as Co-productions and Acquisitions Administrator, working at the heart of the drama department. Then, from 2003 to 2011, he worked as Director of Drama for ARTE France, overseeing the production of numerous made-for-TV films and miniseries, and introducing an ambitious policy for the production and sale of series. He has been the Artistic Director of the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (Fipa) since 2012.