Until 1984, François Chilot was Head of All Productions at TBWA when he chose to move on to found his own company – LES PRODUCERS, a name he embraced with the intention of conveying the philosophy that humour is the greatest elixir ever and, at the same time, underlining Les Producers’ across-the-board, multicultural identity.

In 2000, Les Producers entered the ‘Palme d’or’ list at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and became one of the 10 top-ranking production companies in the world.

For 20 years François Chilot held the Presidency of the CFP-E (Commercial Film Producers of Europe), whose goal is to promote the added value that production companies bring to agencies and advertisers, and to safeguard the future of production companies.

Together François Chilot and CFP-E created the Young Director Award and are acknowledged for making it the only non profit organization in the world to exclusively support and promote debuting, international creative talent in commercial film production, branded and non-branded entertainment, shorts, music video, and related artistic works since 1998. YDA is the only award exclusively-dedicated to up-and-coming, young filmmakers.

François Chilot has been frequently invited as a highly-demanded guest speaker and jury for advertising festivals and award events and ceremonies throughout the world, such as the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, D&AD, AICP Show, AdFest, FilmBrazil, Ciclope, AD Stars, PIAF to name but a few.

Throughout his career, François Chilot has forever pursued his adage for talented creatives: “without inherent desire, hard work, phenomenal talent and a pinch of luck, success is unattainable… When you make a film, make it stand out from the crowd!”

After a 25 year career in producing commercials, short films and music videos, Rikke Katborg’s passion has now taken her beyond this realm, to explore and embrace the entertainment sphere, perfectly illustrated through her first feature film, “A Beautiful Curse” directed by fellow Dane Martin Garde Abildgaard.

Rikke was Managing Director at Bullet in Copenhagen – exec producing for the likes of Kasper Wedendahl, Martin Werner & Jonas Arnby – before teaming up with François Chilot, whose philosophy, ethics and values she shares, and becoming a partner at the renowned Les Producers production company in Paris.

She later co-founded Superette also in Paris – one of the first hybrid creative production houses as well as a boutique art gallery before returning with her family back to Copenhagen.

As an esteemed producer on the international stage, Rikke was also a key member of the 2019 Young Director Award jury.

Her latest venture producing “A Beautiful Curse” is a co-production between Les Producers and Creative Alliance in Copenhagen where Rikke also produces.