Creative Industries

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is a stronghold for Creative Industries, a veritable source of employment and growth.

A major lever for economic development

With business creation and growth increasing faster than other economic sectors, Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) in the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole territory, represent a major lever for economic development, particularly in the fields of cinema, video games, 3D animation and special effects, audiovisual activities, and radio.

With its project dedicated to CCIs, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole has three main goals:
Stimulate development and company growth in the CCI sector.
Increase exposure nationwide and internationally for Montpellier by highlighting the value of CCI potential, momentum in the local economy, and the presence of recognized training programs.
Attract leading foreign entrepreneurs and studios to set up in our area.
Valérie Chaillou, Chargée de mission filières technologies de l'information.

Economic Development and Employment Department

Valérie Chaillou

Mission Manager, Information Technologies Sector

+33. 4.67.13.64.63

Shared goals

With its project dedicated to CCIs, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole has three main goals:

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Stimulate development
Stimulate development
and company growth in the CCI sector.
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Increase exposure nationwide and internationally for Montpellier
Increase exposure nationwide and internationally for Montpellier
by highlighting the value of CCI potential, momentum in the local economy, and the presence of recognized training programs.
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Attract leading foreign entrepreneurs and studios
Attract leading foreign entrepreneurs and studios
encouraging international CCI projects to set up in our area.

Stakeholders working together on shared values and projects to the benefit of all

Leading companies
The Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole area is home to many leaders in digital creation, video games, and 3D animation. Ubisoft has been present here since 1989. The company is the world’s second-largest production force among video game publishers in terms of its staff size, and is currently building a new 4,500 sq. meter studio. Also succeeding in this particularly favorable ecosystem are other local companies such as Netia, Digixart Entertainement, Wardenlight Studio, Wild Sheep Studio, In Efecto, Dwarf Animation Studio, Féérik Games, and Isotropix.
 
Ad hoc training programs
Schools in the Montpellier area specializing in animated films and special effects now increasingly include video games in their teaching. Establishments such as ArtFx, E.artsup, Esbama, Esma, IEFAR-Gam, Ipesaa, Objectif 3D, Studio M, and Université Paul Valéry are all major assets for the territory. Programs even include on-site recruitment opportunities for locally-operated studios.
 
Founded in Montpellier, the Icônes network is a reference for its training in the creative industries sector. With four schools, including Esma – ranked by Animation Career Review in March 2015 as the world’s top 7th school – the network comprises about 2,000 students in France. A new site was opened in Montreal, Canada, in 2017.
 
Associations and active networks
The number of CCI players is growing. These diverse entities participate in the profusion of innovative collaborative events and activities: Illusion & Macadam / Tropisme Festival, Push Start, Effets Stars, Downtown in Lights, #PasSansDesign, and more.
 
Illusion & Macadam, for example, is well known for its work assisting the cultural sector. With 35 employees, the cooperative carries out several missions, notably supporting professionals with administrative aspects, assisting with production, providing advice, and helping to seek funding.

Entrepreneurship, living, and creating in the Creative City!

The Creative City will be located centrally in Montpellier on the site of the former Infantry School (EAI). With its first occupants arriving in 2018, the Creative City will be the first combined district for young urban activities dedicated to creative industries, offering 35,000 sq. meters of tertiary and commercial space and 2,500 apartments. Designed by the Dutch architecture firm West 8, the new district will leverage existing buildings as part of its identity, including the former military barracks, exercise field, and Montcalm Park, which will become a 20-ha urban park.
 
Led by Illusion & Macadam, an industry reference for its assistance work, this innovative concept matches today’s international trend for third spaces, a new type of place for encounters and creativity.

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