Christian Blachas passes away


Anne Magnien (left) & Christian Blachas (right) anchoring Culture Pub back in the 90's.

IT’S A COLD WEEK-END. A VERY COLD ONE. IT HIT US HARD WITH BEN GAZZARA FIRST. BUT AN EVEN SADDER NOTE COMES TONIGHT WITH THE NEWS OF CHRISTIAN BLACHAS’ PASSING

Sir Blachas was an important media figure in France and an inspiration to me. He launched the two main publications about communication & marketing, Stratégies in 1971, then CB News in the 80’s. On television, he anchored the influent Culture Pub program along Anne Magnien for years (above) before taking it to the web and the NT1 channel. This weekly influent show was dedicated to commercials from all over the world, at a time Internet and Youtube didn’t even exist. A whole generation grew up with it, as it was cleverly scheduled right before the weekly sunday softcore movie.

In 1999 he was one of the few answering,  responded to the questions of Pierre Carles in his film Pas vu pas pris, while every other “important” journalist of the time was shitting his pants in front of the camera. I was impressed.

A very rare breed, his blend of poise, professionalism and easyness sparked off many higher callings. His work and attitude inspired, along other mentors, the quality and touch this very place is looking for.

When I launched La Mensuelle as a newsletter, the former iteration of TheNightShift which quickly became a media blog, he was among the first people I sent it to. He didn’t answer back (no one did at the time), but I was still looking forward crossing his path and working alongside someone like him. What a wake up call…

In the following interview, which was released in june 2011 through Youtube, he tells the “young bloods” to “fulfill your dreams… especially regarding love matters”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkGD_wp-DGw

Since the general vibe in France right now is “don’t move an inch and operate like a robot”, these words strike a peculiar chord.

Visuals and stills found on the web.

TheNightShift
06.02.2012

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