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Ara Aprikian to oversee content at France’s TF1

The former Canal+ exec is returning to French commercial broadcaster TF1 as executive VP of content amid a management reshuffle.
February 24, 2016

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.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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