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Shine exec joins France’s Altice

Scripted-logo-460_2Cable and telecom investor Altice has named Nora Melhli as head of original creation and non-linear content, including Zive, the SVOD service that is currently from French operator SFR.

nora melhliMehli is the former head of drama at production company Shine France and an ex-CEO of Endemol Fiction.

While at Shine France Films, she executive-produced UK-French coproduction Tunnel seasons one and two, which broadcast on Sky and Canal+, Malaterra (France 2), and the French adaptation of the UK hit drama Broadchurch.

France was the only territory in which Endemol Shine Group decided not to merge its production assets following the merger of Endemol and Shine Group at the start of 2015.

Melhli’s responsibilities at Altice will cover all international territories including Portugal, Israel, Belgium and the US as well as France.

Cisco recently revealed that Altice was working with it to launch Zive internationally. The service was launched on SFR’s network in November via the group’s new 4K UHD gateway, La Box Fibre Zive. The service can be viewed from a variety of devices and offers a broad category mix of more than 5,000 HD shows available, with plans in place to grow this to 15,000 by the end of 2016.

The move is the latest evidence of a commitment to invest in content by Altice,which recently created a dedicated content division under NextRadioTV chiefAlan Weill.

“The arrival of Nora constitutes an important step in the continued strengthening of Altice’s corporate organisation and demonstrates our involvement to create leaders of content in every country where we operate,” said Michel Combes, COO of Altice.

He added: “After recent acquisitions of sports rights, the partnership with NextRadioTV and the launch of Zive – the 1st SVOD service in France – the arrival of Nora illustrates, once again, the core of Altice’s strategy to provide the best in class TV content and broadband packages to its customers across the world.”