Victor Hadida is a leading figure in the French and European film industries. He and his brother Samuel co-own and are co-presidents of prominent distributor Metropolitan FilmExport. Victor has also served as president of both the National Federation of French Film Distributors (FNDF), representing over fifty active companies in France responsible for over 80% of French box office admissions, since 2006, and since 2007 the International Federation of Film Distributors (FIAD), representing 275 active companies in twelve European countries. He has also served on the board of governors of the Cannes Film Festival for many years as well as being its Treasurer, and currently serves as head of the Cinema Industry Liaison Office (BLIC), the umbrella organization of trade associations comprising all the French film industry.
Victor has been at the forefront of contemporary French and European discussions regarding such hot-button topics as the mandatory chronology of sequential media windowing in France, territorial limitations on film licensing within the EU, the emerging role of SVOD, the fight against piracy in association with the MPAA, and the overall future of film distribution within France and the European Union. In addition to his industry public service and being on the leading edge of innovative approaches to film distribution, Victor is widely regarded for his work in production and in the discovery of new creative talent.
Victor and Samuel have shepherded Metropolitan (a company founded by their father, David, in 1978) to the pinnacle of independent European production and distribution companies with such commercial and critical successes as the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, RESIDENT EVIL and HUNGER GAMES franchises, SILENT HILL and EXPENDABLES sagas, and films by such renowned directors as George Clooney, Terry Gilliam, Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg, Christophe Gans, David Fincher, Chan-Wook Park, Martin Scorsese, Sam Raimi, Claude Lelouch, David O. Russell, Terrence Malick, and Steven Spielberg. The quality and originality of the movies they have presented has led to multiple selections by the most prestigious festivals in the world.
Long known for their marketing acumen, and led by both their audacity and passion, Victor and Samuel moved quickly into feature film production through their production company Davis Films. In 1991, they bought a screenplay from a then unknown screenwriter, Quentin Tarantino, and produced his script, TRUE ROMANCE, with Tony Scott directing. Their productions, also distributed by Metropolitan, include flagship French cinema production, European productions and co-productions, and American productions.
While Samuel focuses on development, packaging and production of their projects, Victor handles production financing and distribution. He has guided the company into long term agreements over the years with such prodigious companies as New Line Cinema, Lions Gate, and Dreamworks, ensuring a rich catalog and providing the means for development of their own production profile. Victor has also led Metropolitan into the world of Asian cinema. Through Metropolitan’s HK label, European audiences since the 1980’s have been introduced to directors such as Tsui Hark and John Woo, and to then-unknown actors including Jet Lee, Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh.
Metropolitan has been a leading investor in new technologies for both marketing and content delivery. Metropolitan pioneered the transition to digital cinema and 3D technology. It is now the largest shareholder of leading French VOD operator (as well as DVD distributor and rights aggregator) Le Meilleur du Cinéma, whose other shareholders include the government of France (through La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations), private investors, and the most active French independent producers and distributors.
Le Meilleur du Cinéma operates the French VOD platform Cinema à la Demande for Metropolitan as its VOD service, and also provides technical deployment services to public and private sector organizations such as TV5 Monde, the Bibliotheque National de France (BNF), and the television service ARTE, with whom it created the Mediatheque plateform available in public Libraries, and more recently the author and director driven platform La CINETEK. Victor has also led Metropolitan’s international expansion into VOD platforms throughout Europe in Spain, Benelux, and recently in Germany.
Victor was born in 1960, graduated from the leading business school Ecole Supérieur de Commerce de Paris (ESCP) and the University of Paris-Dauphine in international business, and lives in Paris with his wife. They are the proud parents of two grown children, who are now each pursuing their own professional careers.