Banijay Studios France (formerly Marathon/GTV) is one of the leading French drama production companies. Founded by Christian Charret in 1999, the company is home to well-known French producers Jacques Salles, Sandra d’Aboville and Karine Evrard. Among its recent biggest hits: Versailles (coproduced with Canal +, Capa Drama and Incendo) internationally sold to more than 130 countries.
GTV’s credits include international co- productions Highlander, Sydney Fox and the French series Night Squad, The Counselors and Lea Parker. The company boasts a prestigious high-end primetime drama catalogue including: The Dominici Case, The Blue Bicycle and Jury Duty winner of two FIPA d’Or. Others GTV productions have also received awards at La Rochelle TV Festival such as The Queen and the Cardinal or The Dead Queen.
Recently produced: the third season of Versailles, Occupied with Yellow Bird a brand new ambitious political thriller for Arte and TV2 Norway, Blood on the Docks – a prime time cop drama series for France 2 and several prime time one offs.
Takis Candilis was appointed CEO Banijay Studios France in 2016. Prior to join the group, he was CEO at Lagardère Studios since 2008.
Takis started his professional career, in 1977, as director of a short movie called Le Retour du Privé. In 1982, he produced and directed a feature film, Transit. In 1985, he created two production companies, Prony Production and Fnac Communication, for the GMF Group. In 1988, he formed a partnership with Rachel Kahn to create Tara Productions. In 1990, he became Director Assistant, and later general manager of Cameras Continentales. Then he joined Ellipse as Head of Drama in 1994. In 1995, he runs Hamster Productions for Pierre Grimblat. In 1999, he joined TF1 as Head of Drama, then he is named General Assistant Director of TF1 Production, and in 2006, Head of Programs.