Maxime Saada

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 […]

French commercial channels association names Saada as president

French commercial channels group the Association des Chaînes Privées (ACP) has named pay TV outfit Canal+’s CEO Maxime Saada as its new president. Saada, who will service as president of the ACP for a two-year term, was elected unanimously by the group’s members. He replaces Gilles Pélisson, CEO of commercial broadcaster TF1, who has served […]

French regulations responsible for CanalPlay collapse, says Saada

Restrictive rules governing the distribution of content will kill off French fiction in the international market if they remain unchanged, according to Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada, who has blamed France’s competition regulator for a disastrous fall in subscriber numbers at the pay TV operator’s SVOD service CanalPlay. Saada, addressing a French senate committee last week, […]

Bolloré steps down in Canal+ management changeover

French pay TV operator Canal+ has named current CEO Maxime Saada as president of its directorate, replacing Jean-Christophe Thiery, who is in turn to replace Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré as chairman of the supervisory council. Bolloré took the reins at Canal+ after the departure of Bertrand Méheut in 2015, after Vivendi took full control of […]

Canal+ drops TF1 channels as pair fail to strike deal

Canal+ has ceased broadcasting TF1’s channels and digital services after failing to strike a deal with the commercial broadcaster. Canal+ has also filed a legal complaint with the Paris commercial court, challenging the legality of the broadcaster’s demands. The pay TV group has already pulled TF1’s signals from its Canalsat service and MyCanal web offering. […]

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 […]

Dailymotion to launch new app as part of strategic repositioning

Vivendi-owned YouTube rival Dailymotion plans to launch a new app in April as part of a strategy to create a prime video destination that people will go to looking for videos that match their tastes, and that can push videos to users based on their personal requirements, according to a report in French financial daily […]

Canal+ changes direction to reverse decline

Canal+ is cutting the price of its premium channel, introducing subscriptions with no fixed commitment and abandoning the practice of controlling the subscriptions sold by ISPs – enabling the latter to market its channels as part of a bundled offering – in a concerted drive to reverse the decline in its domestic base and increase […]

Canal+’s Saada takes over at Dailymotion

Vivendi has appointed Canal+ chief Maxime Saada to take over the presidency of video-sharing and aggregation site Dailymotion from Cédric Tournay, who is leaving the group. Saada, who is already vice-president of Dailymotion, will combine his new role with his existing position as CEO of Canal+. He will focus on developing further synergies between Dailymotion, […]

Canal+ reorganisation sees board changes

Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré has become chairman of the Canal+ Group supervisory board as part of a wider management restructure at the French pay TV operator . NC+ CEO Julien Verley and Bolloré Média chairman Jean-Christophe Thiery also join the Canal+ board at part of the restructure, with Thiery becoming chairman of the Canal+ Group management […]