Entrepreneurship, creativity, responsibility and leadership at the heart of our business model
FL Entertainment draws on four strategic pillars to achieve strong differentiation and ultimately fulfil its ambition to become the leader in global entertainment:
Pursuing entrepreneurship at scale
Leveraging intellectual property (IP), innovation & creativity
Long-standing commitment to the highest ESG standard
Maximising growth by seizing M&A opportunities
Our Content production & distribution arm, which owns the world’s largest content catalogue, is recognized for its wide range of proprietary (IP) formats and its proven creative capabilities in both unscripted and scripted content.
Our Online sports betting & gaming activity has a proprietary, cutting-edge technology platform with an award-winning user interface, promoting player centricity. It also meets the highest standards of betting security, even beyond regulatory requirements.
Entrepreneurship is embedded in FL Entertainment’s DNA. The Group was founded by an entrepreneur, Stéphane Courbit (now Chairman of FLE), and is led by entrepreneurs at every level of its organization.
If the Content production & distribution was the cornerstone of FL Entertainment, the acquisition of a stake in Betclic and the creation of Banijay with world class partners such as Groupe Arnault, De Agostini and Exor was the beginning of a new movement.
FLE’s successful listing on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange in July 2022 represented a significant milestone in its growth story and a culmination of a 15-year+ history of remarkable expansion.
Stéphane Courbit is the founder and president of LOV Group. He is chairman of FL Entertainment. He is an entertainment industry pioneer with a track-record of growing businesses and creating value for shareholders spanning almost 30 years.
In 1998 he was appointed as the CEO of Endemol France.
In 2006, he expanded into the online sports betting and gaming business as he founded LOV Group, which made an initial investment of €220 million in the Betclic Everest Group. In 2008, he founded the Banijay Group, with co-investments from Groupe Arnault, Exor, De Agostini and AMS Industries. In 2016, he acquired Zodiak Media through its merger with the Banijay Group and, in 2020, he led the acquisition of Endemol Shine.
François Riahi has 15+ years of experience in management roles.
François Riahi began his career as an auditor in the French government’s Inspection Générale des Finances from 2001 to 2005, before joining the government’s Budget Department. In 2007 he was appointed Advisor on the Reform of State Institutions and Public Finances to the President of the French Republic.
François Riahi spent eleven years of his career within the BPCE banking group where he held various positions. In particular, he is the former Chief Executive Officer of Natixis and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Coface.
He joined Financière Lov in December 2020, becoming its Chief Executive Officer.
Sophie Kurinckx has 20+ years of experience in accounting and finance.
Sophie Kurinckx has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Banijay Group SAS since 2013. From 2011 to 2012, she was the Head of Financial Control for Banijay Group SAS.
Before joining Banijay Group SAS, she was an auditor for KPMG and later the Deputy Head of Group Consolidation and Group IFRS Specialist for JCDecaux.
Marco Bassetti has been CEO of Banijay since 2013. He has 30+ years of experience in media and entertainment.
With a strong track-record in the international content business, his television career took off in the early 1980s as an executive producer for Mondadori’s Rete Quattro before moving to Mediaset. In 1986, he founded his own production company, La Italiana Produzioni, and a few years later, he set up Aran. Between 1994 and 1997, he was CEO of Pearson TV Italy and in
December 1997, he started Endemol Italy, working as Managing Director and then President until 2004, when he stepped down to dedicate more time to entrepreneurial activities in Italy and abroad. He remained on Endemol’s International Board and, in 2007, he returned to the Group as COO. In 2009, Marco was appointed President before taking over the responsibility of Group CEO. Stepping down in 2012, he then opened Ambra Multimedia before, in 2013, taking on the role of CEO at Banijay.
As an engineer passionate with sports and tech, Nicolas Béraud is the CEO and founder of Betclic. He created Sport4fun.com with Eric Moncada in 2000 before founding Betclic in London in 2005. He left the company in 2011 to create TripleFun, which develops games for mobile. In 2017, Betclic’s shareholders
convinced him to take over again the company to reinvent Betclic. Nicolas then relocated the company to Bordeaux and in a few years positioned it as a European leader in online sports betting and gaming.