Producer and executive Rene Silvera has died in Paris after several months of illness at the age of 76. He died on March 19.

Silvera was associated for many years with French comic genius Jacques Tati and was co-producer of Playtime. In the 1960s, he became the European representative for Cinerama and later formed Panoceanic Films, serving as the ABC representative in Paris for France and more recently for NBC until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife Rina and a sister. Funeral services were held in Paris on Thursday March 21.