Rémi Babinet

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Rémi Babinet
Rémi Babinet in 2013
Babinet in 2016
Born1957 (1957) (age 63)
Suresnes, France
OccupationCreative Director (Advertising)
Known forEvian's "Live Young" campaign

Rémi Babinet (born 1957 in Suresnes, Paris, France)[1] is a French creative director, best known for his work on Evian's "Live Young" campaign.[2] His official title is Founding Chairman of BETC and Global Chief Creative Officer of Havas. He is also the author of the book "BETC Paris – Global Advertising Agency".


Babinet's advertising career began in the late 1980s with internships at Saatchi & Saatchi, Y&R and BDDP (now TBWA Paris). In 1986 BDDP hired him as a copywriter and he eventually rose to the position of Creative Director. During that period, and alongside art director partner Philippe Pollet-Villard, he produced campaigns for Polaroid, Virgin Megastore, BMW, McCain, Le Monde, Wonderbra, Galeries Lafayette and Canal+.[3] In 1995, Babinet founded agency Babinet Tong Cuong alongside associate Eric Tong Cuong. Mercedes Erra joined them in 1995 and the agency was renamed Babinet Erra Tong Cuong Euro RSCG. Tong Cuong left the company in 2002.[4] In July 2005, Babinet was made Chief Creative Officer of Euro RSCG Worldwide (today known as Havas Worldwide).[5] From 2003 to 2007, Babinet was President of the French Art Directors Club [6] and in June 2014, he will preside over the Press Jury at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.[7]

In May 2016, Forbes Magazine selected Rémi Babinet as one of the world's 10 Best Creative Directors.


BETC, a French advertising agency, was co-founded by Babinet in 1995.[8] Babinet has spoken extensively about what he believes sets BETC apart from other agencies. In an interview with Brazil's Meio & Mensagem publication, he claims the difference stems from two things: "The first is that we do not have a creative process formalized: No rules, no preconceived ideas." The second is that they "do not believe in the culture of globalization, a mold that fits all. We believe that a strong brand globally needs to have powerful roots."[9] Building on that last idea, Babinet has said BETC makes a conscious effort to separate itself from how people perceive the French, a culture he calls "unique" but something people either "love or hate". He considers BETC an "international brand" that retains a French identity because of its work with renowned French brands, such as Air France, Evian and Lacoste.[10] On advertising in general, Babinet has said he finds "simplicity is the most difficult of all to achieve."[11]

He believes that advertising should engage with the world around it, creating new ways with which to interact with society and consumers. He has consistently challenged the traditional limits of advertising, opening up his agency to new creative fields and emerging talents: organisation of the mythic Panik parties with BETC POP, creation of the label POP Records, publishing of the book Graffiti General, programming of new spaces such as the gallery Passage du Désir and soon a new creative space open to the public in the Magasins généraux in Pantin,With his influence,BETC has pushed the boundaries of advertising and has become a cultural and artistic driver. Creative Review defined it as “also an ad agency”.

In 2008, Babinet wrote the book ‘BETC Paris’, distributed by BIS Publishers. The book is an overview of BETC's trajectory, work and agency culture, with a special focus on its efforts in music, fashion, design and photography.[12]

BETC London was opened in 2011, beginning the process of expansion of BETC Network. In 2014 BETC São Paulo was opened, meeting the expectations of success in the local market.

Babinet continues to act as Global Creative Director for several of BETC's largest clients, including Air France[13] and Evian,[14] whose “Rollerbabies” campaign was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most-viewed online ad to date (45,166,109 views at the time of its 2009 distinction).[15]

In July 2016 BETC moved to Les Magasins généraux in Pantin, a building dedicated to creation and innovation. BETC and in particular Rémi will take a major role in the rehabilitation of the city with a great involvement in cultural and social activities for the inhabitants of its new Greater Paris area.

Personal life

Rémi Babinet was born in 1957 in the Paris suburb of Suresnes. His father is a university law professor and his mother operates an independent children's bookstore in Strasbourg.[1]


  1. ^ a b Olivier Wicker (15 July 2013). "L'enfant roi de la pub". Libération (in French). Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  2. ^ "Evian Follows Up Its "Roller Babies" Viral Smash With "Baby & Me"". FastCoCreate. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  3. ^ "For someone with talent, there is no better laboratory than a good ad agency". Luerzer's Archive. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  4. ^ "BETC Euro RSCG co-founder and co-president to leave". Marketing Week. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  5. ^ "EURO RSCG CHAIRMAN-CEO RESIGNS". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  6. ^ "Rémi Babinet : Stylé". Stratégies. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  7. ^ "CANNES LIONS REVEALS FINAL JURY PRESIDENTS". Little Black Book online. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  8. ^ "BETC Hires Filip Nilsson from Forsman & Bodenfors". adage.com. 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
  9. ^ "Alternativa às redes anglo-saxãs". Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  10. ^ "In Conversation: Rémi Babinet". Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  11. ^ "What Won't Win at Cannes". 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  12. ^ "BETC PARIS - Global Advertising Agency". BIS Publishers. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  13. ^ "Musicians take to the skies for Air France". Creative Review. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  14. ^ "Les bébés d'Évian font un carton sur Internet". Le Figaro. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
  15. ^ "Evian roller babies makes Guinness Book of Records with 45 million online views". Brand Republic. Retrieved 2013-05-07.