Veteran French producer and TV executive Takis Candilis has joined Banijay Group in the newly created role of Head of Scripted.
In said role, Candilis will oversee the entire scripted production business for the Banijay Group. He will be based in Paris and will be responsible for expanding the company’s French scripted business and boosting international drama output.
Candilis is a veteran of the industry whose career spans more than four decades. He has produced numerous award-winning drama series and became Head of Drama at TF1 in 1999, taking on the additional responsibility of General Assistant Director of TF1 Production in 2002. He later joined Lagardère Entertainment in 2008 and was behind the company’s expansion into international drama production.
“It is certainly an exciting time to arrive at Banijay Group following the recent merger which has made it the world’s largest independent content creation company”, Takis Candilis said in a siatement. “There are many award-winning, fiction producers within the Group and I look forward to working with them to determine new projects and to support them as they develop and widen their production slates.”
“We are extremely pleased to have one of the leading exponents of international scripted programming join us at Banijay Group”, added Marco Bassetti, Chief Executive Officer of Banijay Group. “Takis has an extraordinarily deep knowledge and experience of developing and creating scripted content. It is an important next step for the Group to grow its business in this important genre and, with Takis at the helm, we look forward to expanding our global presence in the drama arena.”