Igor Barrere, a pioneer of French television, died June 24 in Paris. He was 69.
Barrere, who produced and directed scores of TV programs, helped shape the world of Gallic TV as co-producer of the news show “Cinq Colonnes a la Une,” which debuted in 1959 and became a blueprint for like programs.
Barrere began his career as an assistant to helmers Orson Welles and Rene Clair, while at the same time studying to become a doctor of medicine. In 1954 he entered television with his show “Medicales” on ORTF, and continued for the next 40-plus years to produce and direct television programs.
Barrere was the recipient of several awards including a Prix Italia, a Lion d’or in Venice for “Corps Profound” and a Prix Medicus.