Former Canal+ exec Ara Aprikian has joined French commercial broadcaster TF1 amid a managerial shuffle.
Aprikian will oversee acquisitions and production for the group’s free-to-air networks as executive VP of content. The move marks his return to TF1, where he held several positions before joining Canal+ in 2005.
At Canal+, Aprikian served as director of channels D8, D17 and iTELE but left last summer when Vincent Bolloré, chairman of Canal+ parent Vivendi, reorganized the senior management team.
His appointment comes after Gilles Pélisson officially replaced outgoing TF1 CEO Nonce Paolini last week. The head on Tuesday (February 23) laid out a new vision and management structure for the company, which operates five free-to-air channels in France.
In response to increased competition in linear TV and online, Pélisson intends to consolidate TF1′s leadership role in the free-to-air market, create a “benchmark” digital offering, develop new offerings for advertisers and consumers and a become a bigger content producer in France and abroad.
In terms of content, he wants to increase TF1′s production output, international coproductions, acquisitions and format development.