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Media heavyweight Pierre Lescure named Cannes president

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-14

Pierre Lescure, the former head of French cable TV channel Canal+, will succeed Gilles Jacob as president of the Cannes Film Festival starting in 2015.

The news was announced by French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti via Twitter on Tuesday.

Filippetti specified that the 68-year-old Lescure was elected “unanimously” by the festival’s 28-member administrative board.

Jacob, 83, a former film critic, essayist and director has had the position since 2001.

This year’s festival, to be held from May 14-25 on the French Riviera resort city, will be the last presided over by Jacob.

A man of the media

Lescure, a former journalist, is known as an avid cinephile, a fan of rock music and the former companion of legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve.

He launched Canal+ in 1984 and turned it into an international label that is known on both sides of the Atlantic. Sixteen years later, he oversaw Canal+'s purchase of Universal Studios.

In 1994, Lescure became president of the Paris Saint-Germain soccer team.

Since 2008, Lescure also has worked as president and head of operations at Paris’ Marigny Theater.

As president, Lescure’s role will be to advise the festival’s artistic director, Thierry Frémaux, who has been credited with boosting the diversity of films selected for competition.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

 

Date created : 2014-01-14

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