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IIP-Helion Pictures
Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Partner Institution/Organization Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Dept Offering Program: IIP, International Internship Program (IIP) Program Type: Internship
Language Prerequisite: No Degree Level: 2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior
Time Away: Summer Housing options: Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization
Program Group: International Internship Program
Program Description:
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Helion Pictures is a small independent television production company based in Paris specializing in Prime Time Fiction series, documentaries, and live-action children’s series for the international market. At the moment, Helion has several series in production, including the French police series “Section de Recherche," France’s highest rated police drama; “Borgia,” the highest rated drama series on France’s Canal; and “Life with Boys,” the new series for Teen Nick, from the creator of “Hannah Montana." The company is on pre-production on the action/documentary series about the helicopter first responders in Chamonix/Mt. Blanc, “Mountain Rescue” for Discovery International, and has several fiction series in development.

Intern Responsibilities:  This IIP internship involves working with the producers to help coordinate post-production on the Discovery series, manage the development materials for the fiction series, and work on the company website. Additionally, the intern will help organize several juries for the International Emmys in Paris that will choose the nominees for several categories that will take place over the summer. This IIP internship offers the opportunity to get an inside view of the international television business, in particular French television.

Qualifications: Candidates with interests in theater, literature, psychology, and media are encouraged to apply.  Basic French is required. Working knowledge of how to build websites would be an asset.

Previous work experiences (in the words of past IIP interns): Intern #1: My work responsibilities included reading and critiquing scripts; doing research for, editing, and in some cases producing materials for TV series pitches; going to networking events (like Série Séries festival, which brought together the top TV producers from across Europe); and helping to organize the International Emmy Awards... I also did script reading/coverage,worked on a project for the UNESCOTV platform (developed outline and proposal), conducted research for a co-production TV series on trains and did development work for two other projects to help get funding (which involved going out and shooting with Apple devices, editing videos)...I learned how the business of TV production works in Europe, the challenges that must be overcome and many of the different players that are involved...The pre-production materials that I worked on were the real materials that are sent to potential partners, investors, directors, and more. My coverage of scripts/pitches that were gathered by the company affected whether or not they are given serious consideration by the producers. Intern #2: I worked on research for new TV show ideas, worked on a website for the company my boss works for and also for my boss' company, edited and reformatted pitch summaries and small jobs prepared pitches. This included making short videos of Paris and TV production events. I organized and tracked invitations for the International Emmy jury and helped to plan the events which will be in September. I tested new filming equipment to prepare for shooting series and movies, and I also read and rated scripts that the company received...The research and pitches that I helped create are presented by my boss to several audiences, including the European Broadcast Union (EBU), U.N. ambassadors at UNESCO, and top TV executives across Europe...My French has really improved, and I learned a lot about the French culture and way of life. In my work, I learned about the entertainment industry, especially the TV industry in Europe and in the U.S. I learned the direction the TV industry is going and how the European system is trying to follow the American system, but has several limiting factors that stops it from succeeding.

View a Powerpoint presentation by a past IIP intern: Andre, Cat, Helion Pictures, France.pptx

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This program is currently not accepting applications.