Tarak Ben Ammar

Tarak Ben Ammar

Tarak Ben Ammar
Member of the Supervisory Board

Member of the Supervisory Board

French citizen

Business Address

Quinta Communications
32-34, rue Poussin,
75016 Paris – France

Expertise and experience

Tarak Ben Ammar is an entrepreneur in audiovisual media both within Europe and worldwide.

He began his career in 1974 by convincing a number of American producers to produce parts of their films in Tunisia. As a result, he participated in the production of a number of international films, including the blockbusters Star Wars (George Lucas) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg). He has co-produced and distributed more than 70 movies, including the prestigious La Traviata (Franco Zeffirelli), Pirates (Roman Polanski), The Passion of Christ (Mel Gibson) and L’Or Noir (Jean-Jacques Annaud).

Simultaneously, he developed a group present in several countries, including:

  • in France, through his company Quinta Communications, he participated in the development of the French film industry, and, as an investor, he partnered with Luc Besson to found Cité du Cinéma, set to become a first-class international film studio;
  • in Italy, his subsidiary Prima TV has rapidly established its position as the fourth-largest multimedia group, behind Mediaset, RAI and Sky, primarily through the company Eagle, the largest independent distributor in the country. In 2013, the telecommunications group Nabil Sawiris purchased a stake in Prima;
  • in North Africa, he is committed to promoting the values of tolerance and freedom in his country of birth. He co-founded the TV channel Nessma, which has become the leading television channel in Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya and the second biggest channel in Morocco. On account of its democratic positioning and independence, this channel played a central role in the Arab Spring and the fight against radical islam;
  • in the United States, with the Weinstein brothers and Goldman Sachs, he co-founded the independent studio The Weinstein Company which has produced, among other films, The King’s Speech and two major French films which won a number of Oscar awards, The Artist and La Môme.

Tarak Ben Ammar is a Director of several companies, including The Weinstein Company in the United States and Mediobanca in Italy where he serves as an independent Director.

He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in international economics.
 

Positions currently held

Quinta Communications SA (France), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director
A Prime Group SAS (France), Member of the Supervisory Board
Téléclair SARL (France), Manager

Holland Coordinator & Service Company B.V. (Netherlands); Shareholder and Managing Director
A1 International Investment B.V. (Netherlands), Supervisory Director
Nessma SA (Luxembourg), Director
Andromeda Tunisie SA (Tunisia), Chairman and Managing Director
Quinta Communications Distribution Tunisie SARL (Tunisia), Manager
Quinta Communications LTC Gammarth SARL (Tunisia), Manager
Carthago Films Services SARL (Tunisia), Manager
Empire Productions SARL (Tunisia), Manager
Holland Coordinator & Service Company Italia SpA (Italy), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director
Eagle Pictures SpA (Italy), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director
Europa Network Srl (Italy), Director
Prima TV SpA (Italy), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director
Delta Films Limited (UK), Managing Director
Delta (The Last Legion) Limited (UK), Managing Director
Delta (Young Hannibal) Limited (UK), Managing Director
The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC (USA), Board Member
 

Other positions and offices

Telecom Italia SpA (*) (Italy), Director
Mediobanca SpA (*) (Italy), Member of the Supervisory Board
 

Positions previously held that have expired during the last five years

Ex Machina SAS (France), Chairman
Promotions et Participations International SA (Luxembourg), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director
Lux Vide Finanziaria per iniziative audiovisive e telematiche SpA (Italy), Director
Europa TV SpA (Italy), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director
Quinta Communications USA, Inc. (USA), Director
Quinta Communications Italia Srl (Italy), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director
Imperium SpA (Italy), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director
Edison SAS (France), Member of the Management Board
La Centrale Finanziare Generale SpA (Italy), Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director

 

(*)    Listed on a regulated market.