Jean-Sébastien started his career in the production world in 1998 as a Unit Production manager for a series of multi-media CD-ROMs taking inventories of all Tourist, Cultural and Religious sites in Tunisia. Experiences working on the internationally acclaimed film Funny Games (director Michael Haneke), as well as on the Absolut Kravitz commercial campaign, fueled the desire to run his own production company, and in 2007 Reeltag™ was born. Since its inception, Jean-Sébastien’s Reeltag™ has successfully developed online digital video assets for brands including British Airways, Nasdaq and Whole Foods. His production capabilities have since expanded to include the establishment of Fire Ants, a small but determined company focusing on documentary and exploratory productions in broadcast and projectable media. Their initial project will return Jean-Sébastien to Africa for a multi-nation and multi-faceted odyssey in the form of an overland trek to the 2010 World Cup games in South Africa. Indeed, this early exposure to the challenges and diversity of African wildlife led to a natural curiosity and charisma in his professional life. While acquiring his Bachelor of Administration in economics at University of Rennes in France, he worked for the European Commission in Valladolid, Spain as a recipient of the Leonardo Grant. His travel abroad continued when later he worked in Louisiana, U.S., conducting a study in strategy and risk management for the acquisition and drilling of U.S. oil fields for Forman Petroleum Inc. Then in 1998 he reconnected with Africa by serving as a Brigadier Chief in the 13ème RDP, the French Army Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Unit, specifically assigned to brief the Special Forces personnel regarding the geo political situation in Africa’s great lakes region. This was immediately followed by a position as Unit Production Manager for a series of multi-media projects examining tourist, cultural and religious sites in Tunisia, and a career in media and film production was launched.
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