Carol Bidault de l’Isle is an award winning producer, specialized in international motion picture/television financing, distribution, media
asset acquisitions and management. 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 recently produced Cut Off (Brad Dourif, William Baldwin, Jean-Marc Barr); in pre-production & development features on three continents (US, Europe and Middle East).
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 was hired to launch MediaFusion Entertainment, 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’s organizations, including Women In Film & Television International: She is a co-founding member of Women in Film International, served on the WIFTI board (2014 – 2018) as Vice Chair, Membership Chair and WIFTI Short-Case Producer; a co-founding member of Women in Film & Television – Louisiana has served on the Board since 2011 and President (2016 – 2018); Co-Founder of Women in Film (France), Judge on the Women in Film Finishing Fund (2014, 2015, 2016) and a member of Women in Film & Video – Washington, DC (1995 to 2008).
Ms. Bidault has also served on the Advisory Board of the New Orleans Film Society & Film Festival (2011 – 2018); 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