Who is Iris Knobloch? Former WarnerMedia CEO Named First Female President of Cannes Film Festival

Iris Knobloch, former head of WarnerMedia France and Germany, has made history by being chosen as the first female president of the Cannes Film Festival. She will officially take office on July 1 for a three-year term.

Knobloch will succeed current Cannes president Pierre Lescure, who was re-elected for a third time in 2020 and currently plans to step down after this year’s festival in May.

The announcement was made through a press release and the official Twitter page of the festivalaccording to which, Knobloch was chosen by secret ballot by the board of directors of the Association Française du Festival International du Film.

The Board of the Association Française du Festival International du Film appoints Iris Knobloch as the first female president of the Cannes Festival. She will take office on July 1 for a three-year term. >> bit.ly/3L013uO https://t.co/mwhb7liiWz


Knobloch was one of the committee members for the 2022 Oscars in France

Iris Knobloch (Image via Getty Images)Oscar committee in France, together with Thierry Fremaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival.

Iris Knobloch is the new president of the Cannes Film Festival, as confirmed by the board of directors. She succeeds the emblematic Pierre Lescure who will give up her position on June 30. https://t.co/pOqLMc6SzA

While Fremaux will continue to oversee discussions with international filmmakers and actors, and all creative decisions, it is believed that the intervention of Knobloch, a former US studio executive, “could help attract more Americans to premiere their films on the Croisette.”

Before his election, some in the French film industry highlighted a possible conflict of interest with Knobloch having an influential position in Cannes while running an entertainment company.

However, an industry source later noted that Knobloch’s acquisition company will not invest in any film-related assets that have any possible connection to Cannes while she is in a position of authority in it.

Knobloch is not a French national has also caused quite a stir in the industry. Some people pointed out that his appointment was made possible by high-profile figures connected to the French government.

During the presentation of the new #Cannes2022 editorial coverage of @FranceTv and @brutoofficialThierry Frémaux reveals the date of the press conference to present the Official Selection of the 75th Cannes Film Festival: April 14 #Official Selection © Mathilde Gardel FDC https://t.co/HfT2ing3L1

The Official Selection of the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be announced on April 14.


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