Jean-Christophe Averty, French television and radio director, Died at 88


Jean-Christophe Averty was born on August 6, 1928, in Paris and died on March 4, 2017.

He was a French television and radio director, and Satrap of the College of ‘Pataphysique.

Averty’s many television productions from the 1960s were early examples of French video art.

Studies he had done were used in the following decades by the research groups of the French National Audiovisual Institute (INA).

He attended the IDHEC film school, Averty started in television in 1952 at the then French Television Office.

Jean-Christophe Averty has since directed over five hundred programs for television and radio, across all disciplines: fiction, documentary, drama, variety, and jazz. His many awards include an Emmy award in the United States.

He was appointed Satrap of the College of ‘Pataphysique in 1990, due to his fascination for Alfred Jarry and Pataphysique.

He made his reputation on his strong character, his taste for provocation and his sense for innovative television.

Averty’s 1963 series The Green Grapes was infamous for a recurring sequence of a baby being put through a grater.

Jean-Christophe Averty passed away at 88 years old.