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Benjamin Charles

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Benjamin Charles is a french artist and digital consultant.

Benjamin Charles
Native nameBenjamin Charles
BornCharles
France
BaptizedBenjamin
ResidenceLyon
NationalityFrench
Other namesTristan Barrie
CitizenshipFrench
EducationUniversity of Oxford
OccupationArtist
Years active  Since 2005
AgentWilliam Morris Endeavour
Known forDifferent
Websitehttp://benjamincharles.fr
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/benj4minch4rles
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/benjamin.charles.sr

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Benjamin Charles published his first poems in the school newspaper. A graduate in communication from the University of Paris V, and holder of a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Oxford University, he works on generative art.

Career[edit | edit source]

Culture[edit | edit source]

Charles started his career in 2006 as a talent agent before working as a child coach on various film sets[1]. He was first agent of Léo Legrand, Pierre Perrier, Gil Alma, Djena Tsimba... He was also personal assistant of French producer Jean-François Catton for his production No7 on commercials directed by Darren Arronosky or Michel Gondry.

He directed his first movie, Clair Obscur in 2005 as a student project and got his first awards and created production company Act'ivia to produce his own movies. After some movies he started directing commercials and musicvideo. He also directed 300+ out-of-stage sessions on websites, including Justin Bieber[2], Texas, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars[3], Asaf Avidan[4] or The Script. In 2013 he directed his first movie for cinéma produced by Pathé. [5]

He shot 3000+ concerts and festivals since 2005. His collaborations includes artists like Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Texas, The Script, Florence and the Machine and festivals Dour Festival[6], Paléo Festival, Cabaret Vert[7]

In 2015, he founded Neverland Editions to republish all J.M. Barrie works.

In 2017, he directed Different about a transgender teen selected and awarded to many festivals[8]. Rights were sold to Amazon Video for USA, UK and Germany and Viddsee but the rest of the world. The movie is distributed by Aug&Ohr. Movie was shown to Brussels Film Festival[9], International Film Festival of India and many others. [8][10]

Medias[edit | edit source]

One of the first French blogger[11], he started writing online in 2003 on his own blog Quo Vadis? before joining satyrical blog Megaconnard with a weekly opinion piece [12]. Some of his articles were commented in majors medias. Militant during Same-sex marriage in France, his articles about opponents Christine Boutin and Frigide Barjot won him legal actions. Boutin was rejected for freedom of speech, and Barjot finally give up pursuing his ex-friend who coming out her husband. In 2013, Gilles Bourdouleix complained against Lemaire after his article 'Heil Gilles!' where he revealed that the French deputy said about romani people « Hitler didn’t do enough ». Same year he revealed a picture of French TV star Yann Barthes doing a gesture support for Dieudonné M’bala M’bala called quenelle whereas he was denouncing his antisemitism every night on Canal +. Mostly known as a music blogger, he was one of the first to talk about artists like Justin Bieber[13], Lana Del Rey, Shaka Ponk or Orelsan. After contributing to various platforms in created in 2009 website Soul Kitchen before selling it to create Le Transistor with French activist Agnès Bayou from Jeudi Noir.

Related to some medias where's he's often quoted[14][15][16][17], he worked as a press photographer for France Télévisions[18][19], Télérama[20], Le Matin[21] L'Express[22][23], Les Echos[24], Libération or Rock&Folk, and was columnist or Radio Néo[25][26] and Virgin Radio...[27][28]. He's also a premium wedding photographer

Consulting[edit | edit source]

After advising brands like Nokia, Danone, Renault, Orange, Heineken or Les cinémas Gaumont Pathé he councils since 2016, movie stars like JoeyStarr, Sophie Marceau or Juliette Binoche on their communication. His work with Sophie Marceau was often commentated in medias. He was often invited on medias to talk about celebrities communications . He's also a youtuber agent. In January 2018, he was communication advisor for two victims during the JeremstarGate involving Jeremstar.

Writing[edit | edit source]

Claimed surrealist, Charles questions in his writings and his digital art the place of the unconscious in creation. He publishes both collections of surrealist poems, but also develops generative grammar algorithms to produce texts.

In 2014, he published Aléas, a 120-page novel written entirely by the P4ul&4rthur algorithm. Two years later, he published Randomness, which would pass the Turing test.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

Charles was diagnostic with asperger syndrome. He is openly gay. He's close friend with actors Damien Jouillerot, Jules Sitruk, Léo Legrand, Diane Rouxel, Alice Isaaz and australian singer Troye Sivan. Charles is a CS Sedan Ardennes supporter.

Non profit[edit | edit source]

He created the first syndicate in France to protect young talents, Clap Avenir, renammed Imag'in. He was jury member at the Young Artist Award and still member of Victoires de la Musique[29]. He was engaged alongside SOS Homophobie for years and worked with french non profit Observatoire international des prisons.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Coming of Age Shorts - Wicked Queer". www.wickedqueer.org.
  2. "Slate : Chers fans de Justin Bieber, vous espérez toujours voir "Believe" en France. Vous allez être déçus". Slate.fr. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. "Bruno Mars - Locked out of Heaven [Live in Paris". YouTube. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. "Asaf Avidan - Small change girl | P20RIS (16ème arrondissement) S02E16". YouTube. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. "Lilly Wood & The Prick au Trianon - Morgane Groupe". Morgane-groupe.fr. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. "Pourquoi nous n'irons pas à Dour ou les services photos se meurent…. - Don't believe the Hype". 18 July 2011.
  7. "Top départ pour l'éco-festival du Cabaret Vert !".
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Different - aug&ohr medien". augohr.de.
  9. Designova. "Brussels Independent Film Festival". www.brusselsfilmfestival.com.
  10. e.v., pfeiffer. "Pfeiffer e.V. - der Kulturverein - Videonale". www.kulturpfeiffer.de.
  11. Ferron, Benjamin (2017-04-21). Des amateurs dans les médias: Légitimités, autonomie, attachements. ISBN 9782356714350.
  12. Telestar.fr (20 November 2013). "Petit Journal : Yann Barthès a-t-il fait une "quenelle" à son insu ?".
  13. "Le Transistor". Le Transistor. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  14. http://www.lefigaro.fr/musique/2015/04/14/03006-20150414ARTFIG00154-affaire-cetelem-les-internautes-se-dechainent-contre-polnareff.php Le Figaro
  15. http://www.sudouest.fr/2015/09/11/francois-hollande-et-un-panda-la-photo-qui-fait-rire-le-web-2121512-5137.php Sud Ouest
  16. http://www.europe1.fr/culture/victoires-de-la-musique-vivez-la-soiree-en-direct-2668057 Europe 1
  17. https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2015/11/15/bars-soirees-samedi-paris-attentats_n_8567108.html Huffington Post
  18. https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/nouvelle-aquitaine/haute-vienne/couzeix/naive-new-beaters-initial-data-las-aves-annonces-lost-in-limoges-2017-1159797.html France 3
  19. https://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/musique/pop/naive-new-beaters-un-nouvel-album-plus-spontane-et-plus-rentre-dedans-243605 France Télévisions
  20. http://www.telerama.fr/sortir/quand-la-fleche-d-or-reveillait-l-est-parisien,157920.php Télérama
  21. https://www.lematin.ch/people/gagnante-nadege-jones-attaquee-justice/story/30912111 Le Matin
  22. https://www.lexpress.fr/diaporama/diapo-photo/tendances/voyage/top-10-des-festivals-de-l-ete-2013_1239412.html L'Express
  23. "Ryan Gosling, acteur en tête du palmarès des "beaux mecs à adopter"". 17 February 2013.
  24. https://www.lesechos.fr/05/12/2013/lesechos.fr/0203170473268_municipales-2014---hidalgo-remporte-la-bataille-a-paris.htm Les echos
  25. "La BPI investit lourdement dans ses frais de fonctionnement". 25 October 2016.
  26. "Mixcloud > Radio Neo > Des Dièses et Des Bémols #60 S2EP25". Junodownload.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  27. "benjamin lemaire virgin radio". YouTube. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  28. "Trans Shorts 2018 - I - Wicked Queer". www.wickedqueer.org.
  29. "Revivez la soirée des Victoires de la Musique 2016".


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