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Molotov appoints former TF1 director to lead int’l expansion

Jean-Pierre Paoli

Jean-Pierre Paoli

New French OTT service Molotov has appointed former TF1 director Jean-Pierre Paoli to help lead its international expansion efforts.

TV veteran Paoli was formerly director of international development at French commercial broadcaster TF1 and has also served as director of international development for Canal+ and director general of Eurosport international.

Molotov was first announced last June and was set up by former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure and French media entrepreneur JeanDavid Blanc.

The service is due to launch soon in France, offering more than 80 local and international channels across different devices – including smart TVs, tablets, and mobiles. Molotov claims that tens of thousands of people have already registered.

“The wave of momentum that Molotov has been riding has led to strong interest outside of France. Jean-Pierre has superb international media experience and first-hand knowledge. He’s the perfect addition to our team as Molotov looks to expand internationally,” said Blanc.

Lescure added: “We’ve always had global ambitions for Molotov. Jean-Pierre has strong connections to some of the most influential media groups in Europe and his international expertise will help us to take Molotov to the next level.”