Takis Candilis

Vive la France: Adapting to a new normal

Driven by a high volume of content – 4,873 hours in all – produced in 2017, the French TV market is moving fast: trying to preserve its cultural cachet and regulatory requirements while adapting to new challenges introduced by international and OTT players. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly reports From an international point of view, the growing number […]

France Télévisions’ appoints director for national fiction

France Télévisions has appointed Anne Holmes as its new director for national ficition. Holmes will be in charge for all of France Télévisions’ national broadcasters and for the editorial policy on French fiction across daytime and primetime television. She will report to Takis Candilis (pictured), the deputy director general for strategy and programs, who joined […]

Banijay scripted chief Candilis moves to France Télévisions

France Télévisions has confirmed the appointment of Banijay Group’s head of scripted, Takis Candilis, as second-in-command of the French pubcaster. He will take up his new position on February 26 and replace Xavier Couture, but also take on extended responsibilities, which include all genres. Couture left France Télévisions this week after announcing his exit to […]

Banijay Group ups deputy CFO to studios role

Banijay Group has upped deputy chief finance officer Frédéric Balmary to chief operating officer of Banijay Studios International. In his new role, Balmary will oversee business development for Banijay’s scripted projects – both through merger and acquisitions operations as well as organic growth. He will report directly to Takis Candilis, head of scripted at Banijay […]

Viaplay movesStraight Forward with TVNZ copro

Banijay Group is set to create a multi-national drama coproduction named Straight Forward for Scandi streamer Viaplay and New Zealand’s TVNZ. The 8x60mins series will be co-created by Banijay prodcos Screentime New Zealand and Mastiff Denmark and will be co-produced by broadcasters Viaplay and TVNZ, in association with Acorn Media Enterprises and Acorn TV. Viaplay […]

Banijay UK scripted prodco launches with Symonds

Banijay Group has launched a second scripted production company in the UK with British producer Jolyon Symonds. Fearless Minds will sit alongside BlackLight TV in the Banijay UK scripted stable. It will be a joint venture with Symonds, who will develop and produce “memorable, distinctive, original stories for the UK and international market” as managing […]

Banijay nabs Warner Bros. exec for COO post

Banijay Group has hired Warner Bros. International Television Production vice-president Peter Langenberg as COO. Based in London and Paris, Langenberg will have direct responsibility for Banijay’s operations in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Germany and India. Rod Henwood had previously overseen the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and India, but last month announced he was leaving the […]

Takis Candilis resurfaces at Banijay

Takis Candilis has resurfaced at Banijay a week after exiting Lagardère. The seasoned French TV exec, who was at TF1 before running Lagardère’s TV business, will be head of scripted at Banijay Group. In that role he will be based in Paris and oversee all of Banijay’s scripted efforts out of France and across the […]

Lagardère confirms replacement for Candilis

Lagardère has confirmed the exit of its TV chief, Takis Candilis, and the appointment of Christophe Thoral as his replacement. Candilis (right) has been running the French conglomerate’s TV division, now known as Lagardère Studios, for eight years. In confirming his departure, the company said he has “decided to embark on a new entrepreneurial adventure, […]

Takis Candilis out at Lagardère

Longstanding Lagardère executive Takis Candilis has left the media giant, according to numerous reports out of France. Candilis has been a senior exec at the French company, running its TV division and spearheading much of its recent M&A activity and growth. Last year the French conglomerate rebranded its content division Lagardère Studios as part of […]