Gilles Pélisson


Canal+ chief Saada targets 100% increase in global subscribers

Speaking at MIPTV, Canal+ chairman and CEO Maxime Saada said he was looking to double his company’s global subscriber count, which currently stands at 16.2m. Split roughly 50-50 between France and international, he expects the bulk of the new growth to come from international – including non-French speaking markets. “We are looking at Ethiopia, for […]

TF1 chief remains optimistic on Orange resolution

TF1 chief Gilles Pélisson has reiterated that he is hopeful of striking a deal with Orange over carriage terms soon, but has not backtracked on his call for retransmission fees from the operator. Speaking to the Journal du Dimanche, Pélission said that the broadcaster was justified in asking for a small part of its investment […]

Pélisson hopeful of Orange deal as TF1 posts strong results

TF1 is “hopeful” that it can strike a deal for the carriage of its channels on Orange, despite the falling out between the pair that saw the commercial broadcaster take legal action to prevent Orange from retransmitting its services, according to CEO Gilles Pélission. In remarks accompanying his presentation of TF1’s solid full-year results, Pélisson […]

Canal+ and Free threaten to drop TF1 as services are cut from Orange

Canal+ and Free have threatened to cut ties with TF1 over the latter’s demands for retransmission fees. France’s leading commercial broadcaster last week said it was pulling its channels from Orange’s network after the pair failed to strike a deal. Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada told the Journal du Dimanche that the pay TV operator would […]

TF1 chief confident of striking retrans deal

TF1 Group CEO Gilles Pélisson is confident that the French commercial broadcaster will be able to strike a deal with the country’s telecom operators to secure re-transmission payments. In an interview with Le Figaro, Pélission said that the broadcaster was engaged in discussions in “a constructive way” with the operators, offering to bring new services […]

TF1 threatens to cut signal without retrans fees

French broadcaster TF1 has warned telecom operators and pay TV operator Canal+ that it will pull its signal from their services unless they agree to pay retransmission fees, according to French press reports. According to financial daily Les Echos, TF1 has threatened to withdraw its flagship channel and digital services TMC, NT1, HD1 and LCI, […]

TF1 claims ‘mixed feelings’ about working with tech giants

TF1 is working with partners in new ways to bring content to digital platforms, but remains wary about the ambitions and strategies of global internet giants, according to chairman and CEO Gilles Pelisson. Speaking at MIPTV in Cannes, where he was presented with Variety’s 2017 Achievement in International Television Award, Pelisson said that TF1 had […]

TF1 appoints new CEO

France’s biggest commercial broadcast group, TF1, has revealed Gilles Pélisson will succeed Nonce Paolini as CEO. Paolini’s term as chairman and CEO ends in the first quarter of next year and TF1 said Pélisson will take over in February, 2016. “The board of directors thanks Nonce Paolini most sincerely for his nine years at the […]