Thomas Saignes
Head of International Business Affairs

IRIS Group

After a first experience in 2002 at TF1 International in Acquisition and International Coproductions, Thomas Saignes joined Telefilm Canada in Montreal as an Analyst for International Coproductions.

After spending two years as head of Sales and Acquisitions at Montreal based sales company Attraction Image (Delphis at the time), he opened the European offices for Canadian power-house Transfilm International in quality of VP – Development & Production. Parallel to that he founded in 2011 his own financing-agency, sourcing and managing coproduction deals, local incentives and alternative financing sources on behalf of producers and groups located in France and abroad. Working on numerous co-productions he negotiated all types of pre-sales or financing agreements with public and private funds, in Europe, North America and China. Over four years the company packaged around 50M$ on more than a dozen movies and TV productions, and advised several investment funds.

His expertise on private equity and VC, led him to successfully put together in May 2015 the first edition of the Investors Club with the Cannes film-market

He joined the Iris Group in June 2015 to act as Head of Business-Affairs in charge of all legal, commercial and financial aspects of our production and distribution activities. He also supervises the structuring of investment vehicles

Thomas Saignes is a Sciences-Po Paris graduate and has a master in business Law and intellectual property of the Paris X university.

He is regularly solicited as international financing expert by co-production workshops (Berlinale, Producers’ Network etc.) and training programs (SESCA, INAexpert-HEC Montreal…)

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