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Michael Lecourt, Head of Warner Bros. International TV, Dies

Feb 8, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Michael Lecourt, Warner Bros. International Television VP and general manager for French-speaking territories, died Thursday after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

Mr. Lecourt began his television career in 1967 under the guidance of then-Warner Bros. sales agent Richard Wilkes, negotiating with French broadcasters to sell television rights to the studio’s feature films, television series and animated properties. Mr. Lecourt spent the next four decades at Warner Bros., managing its expansion into television and founding the company’s French division. An aficionado of American cartoons, he created the “Warner Hour” classic animation block to showcase the studio’s characters and earned two French Emmy Awards (with Canal Plus) for the “Decode Pas Bunny” (1991) and “Ca Cartoon” (2004).

“Michael was a unique individual: a French citizen with a love of the American Old West and cowboy lifestyle; a European who always drove a big American car through the streets of Paris; and a true fan and expert on American cinema and animation, with a special passion for the Looney Tunes,” said Warner Bros. International TV President Jeffrey R. Schlesinger. “He was a valued member of our team and will be terribly missed on both a personal and professional level.”

Mr. Lecourt is survived by his wife Natalie and two daughters, Nina and Anouk.

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