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Canal+ exec Vera Peltekian to lead original television production for HBO Max in France

WarnerMedia-owned SVoD service HBO Max has appointed Canal+ executive Vera Peltekian as VP and commissioning editor of original production in France.

Vera Peltekian

Based in Paris, Peltekian will join in November and will commission original programming for the direct-to-consumer platform.

She will be part of a pan-regional team responsible for commissioning and producing drama, comedy, documentary and unscripted content in EMEA for HBO Max.

Since 2006, Peltekian has managed French drama series and coproduced original programming at French pay TV operator Canal+. She has worked on The Returned, Spiral, The Tunnel, Kaboul Kitchen, Savages and Paris Police 1900.

Prior to her current role, she worked at Tele Images, heading French drama development, and over five years produced drama series for both public networks and free TV. She began her career as a script reader for StudioCanal and has also worked for the Canal+ documentary department.

Antony Root, exec VP of original programming and production at HBO Europe, said: “Vera is a world-class television executive whose passion for nurturing storytellers has seen her work on some of France’s most creative and ambitious programming. This appointment ensures we can start to develop exciting new content, so when we launch HBO Max in France, we can present a slate that will intrigue and delight audiences.”

Peltekian added: “I’m happy and proud to join such a talented team. WarnerMedia means a lot to everyone working in this industry in France and Europe. It is a symbol of ambition, creativity and respect for the audience and talent – always taking a chance to be the best. These qualities are exactly what we need in a competitive market.”

HBO Max launches in the Nordics and Spain on October 26. Next year, it will enter 20 additional territories across Europe including Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Turkey.

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