Alain de Greef, One of Canal Plus' "Founding Fathers," Dies at 68

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He was known as a collaborator and friend of Pierre Lescure, now president of the Cannes Film Festival.

Alain de Greef, one of the "founding fathers" of French pay TV giant Canal Plus, died on Monday from cancer, the company said on Tuesday. He was 68.

The French pay TV pioneer joined Canal Plus two years after it was founded in 1984, and he worked there until 2001. De Greef served first as director of production, then programming chief and then as director general.

Pierre Lescure, now president of the Cannes Film Festival, brought him to Canal Plus. The two were known to be friends and first worked together on 1980s French music show Les Enfants du Rock on public network Antenne 2, now France 2.

De Greef brought such shows as puppet comedy Les Guignols de l’Info to Canal Plus.

Canal Plus in a statement lauded him for his contributions, saying "his curiosity, his culture, his intuition and his inventiveness forged Canal Plus."

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