Carol Bidault de l’Isle is an award winning producer, specialized in international motion picture/television financing, distribution, media asset acquisitions andmanagement. She brings with her over 30 years of industry experience in the United States, Europe and Latin America. In 2010, Ms. Bidault moved to New Orleans, Louisiana to open the new headquarters of
MediaFusion Entertainment, LLC. She is currently in Post-production with: Walking to Paris (directed by Peter Greenaway), Cut Off (directed by Jowan Carbin); in Development with: The Chronicles of Young Washington (directed by Jack Sholder) and other features.
Ms. Bidault began her career in script development working for the major film studios – Columbia, MGM and Paramount in Los Angeles. She then worked with renowned independent producers and filmmakers, such as Dino de Laurentiis, Federico Fellini and Sergio Leone; and then branched into distribution and international sales for Vestron, New World and Lorimar Studios. In 1988, she moved to Paris, France where she worked as a finance and distribution consultant for the European Union/France MEDIA Program for 7 years, responsible for over the gap financing of over 100 productions in Europe. In early 1995, she was hired as an Acquisition consultant by France Telecom in New York to work on a $1Billion merger. In September of that year, she moved to Washington, DC where she was hired as a Media Asset Management consultant by Discovery Communications (DCI) to manage their companywide media asset evaluation and distribution for 5 years. In 2000, she left DCI and founded MediaFusion, which spawned such programs as: Cultural Assets; Washington, DC Independent Film Festival; Washington, DC Film Market; Cine Latino; Mid-Atlantic Regional Showcase (MARS), She also produces seminars and conferences: Annual Roundtable on International Film Distribution (Washington, DC); Washington, DC Independent Film Festival Seminars; International, National and Regional Advocacy Forums for industry professionals; and others.
Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Ms. Bidault grew up in Los Angeles, graduating high school from Westlake School for Girls; earned her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Political Science, performed research for her Master’s degree in Paris at l’Institut des Etudes Politiques and La Sorbonne IV. She is fluent in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Italian; and is a dual citizen of the United States and European Union.
Ms. Bidault is active with Women In Film & Television International: She is a co-founding member of Women in Film International, is currently on the WIFTI board, Vice Chair & Membership Chair, past WIFTI Short-Case Producer (2014 to 2016); a co-founding member of Women in Film & Television – Louisiana and current President (2016 – 2018), has served on the Board since 2011; Co-Founder of Women in Film (France), Judge (2014, 2015, 2016) Women in Film Finishing Fund and a member of Women in Film & Video – Washington, DC (1995 to 2008).
Ms. Bidault serves on the Advisory Board of the New Orleans Film Society & Film Festival; served as a founding film advisor to the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History – Warner Bros. Theatre (2011); is a recipient of the US Department of State/ Secretary’s Open Forum Award for Outstanding Contribution to international cultural affairs and support to media arts (2002); Reatig Award/Rosebud Film Festival for Outstanding Service & Contribution to the Washington, DC; Maryland and Virginia film and video community, as well as other awards and recognition in the area of film.
•America’s Image Abroad – The UNESCO Cultural Diversity Convention & US Motion Picture Exports (pdf attached)
•Study Economic Impact of the Film Industry in Latin America. For a copy of the report, please contact:
•Zagat’s Movie Guide (with E! Entertainment)