Tarak Ben Ammar
Tarak Ben Ammar
Independent member of the Supervisory Board
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, The Artist and La Môme, which won a number of Oscar awards.
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 (in France)
Quinta Communications SA, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director
A Prime Group SAS, Member of the Supervisory Board
Téléclair SARL, Manager
Positions currently held (outside France)
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 Chief Executive Officer
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), Director
Delta (The Last Legion) Limited (UK), Director
Delta (Young Hannibal) Limited (UK), Director
The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC (USA), Board Member
Other positions and offices (outside France)
Mediobanca SpA (*) (Italy), Member of the Supervisory Board
(*) Listed on a regulated market.