1983–1989: Associated to the distribution company Les Fims du Sémaphore which distributed movies by Pedro Almodovar, Youssef Chahine, Benoît Jacquot, Gaston Kaboré, Emir Kusturica, Philip Noyce, Roman Polanski, John Sayles…
1990–95: Co–founder and General Delegate of the Mediterranean Cinema Festival in Montpellier. 1996: Founder and organizer of the Script Development Fund of the International Film Festival of Amiens.
Thierry Lenouvel worked as an independent press agent till 2000 for, among others, Gianni Amelio, Vicente Aranda, Rachid Bouchareb, Jean–Michel Carré, Wang Chao, Malik Chibane, Guillermo Del Toro, Raymond Depardon, Agustin Diaz Yanes, Djibril Diop Mambety, Julio Medem, Ferzan Ozpetek, Jafar Panahi Jean–François Richet, Arturo Ripstein, Paulo Rocha, Carlos Saura, Paolo et Vittorio Taviani, Jean–Philippe Toussaint.
Created in 1992, CINE–SUD PROMOTION, a production company specialised in the promotion of the art–house cinema is also involved, since 2000, in movie production. 20 films have been produced by Ciné–Sud since 2001.
Among them: TIRANA, YEAR ZERO by Fatmir Koci, RACHIDA by Yamina Bachir Chouikh, GORI VATRA by Pjer Zalica, WALL and RACHEL by Simone Bitton, MOOLAADE by Sembene Ousmane, FALAFEL by Michel Kammoun, EVERY DAY IS A HOLLIDAY by Dima El Horr, MOTHERS by Milcho Manchevski ,THE STOPLIGHT SOCIETY by Ruben Mendoza, EL CAMPO by Hernan Belon.