Gerald Brice Viret

Canal+ orders HBO’s My Brilliant Friend

French group Canal+ has pre-bought My Brilliant Friend, a drama based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name. The HBO, Rai Fiction, and TIMVISION series is currently in production in Italy. It is directed by Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts). It features the character of Elena Greco, an elderly woman immersed in a house […]

Canal+ ups execs, reining in costs

Vivendi-owned Canal+ has reorganised its executive ranks in an effort, it said, to keep better control of costs. Vivendi bosses recently said that Canal+ cannot continue to bleed red ink after four consecutive years of losses. Today Canal+ said that “in order to better control costs and control the income statement of its pay-TV operations […]

Canal+ hires channels veteran from Lagardère

French pay TV firm Canal+ has hired Gérald-Brice Viret as its managing director of channels, recruiting the seasoned exec from rival Lagardère. Viret (pictured) has run numerous digital channels in France, and also headed up the local cross-industry digital terrestrial group as DTT rolled out in the country. He joins Canal+ from Lagardère’s channels unit […]

Gulli targets African eyeballs with local content

French free DTT kids and family channel Gulli expanded to Africa this March and is planning to reach out to a local kids and parents with a raft of local content. Having launched a local version in Russia six years ago, where the channel is now received by five million homes, Lagardère Active, launched Gulli […]