TF1 names new advertising and production chiefs

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named François Pellissier as chief executive of its advertising sales arm TF1 Publicité while retaining his current role as head of its sports unit. The broadcaster has also named Fabrice Bailly as head of TF1 Production. Pellissier will replace Régis Ravanas, head of advertising and diversification, who is leaving the […]

TF1 delivers on promise as growth continues

French broadcaster TF1 has posted an operating margin of 11.4% for the first quarter meaning that CEO Gilles Pélisson has so far delivered on a promise to raise the group’s margin to more than 10% this year. TF1 posted revenues of €553.7 million for the first quarter, up 10.9%, with advertising contributing €394.9 million, up […]

TF1 completes sale of teleshopping unit

French broadcaster TF1 has completed the sale of its tele-shopping interests, including the sourcing of products, commercialisation and TV production, to Jerôme Dillard. Dillard is the unit’s former CEO and an independent entrepreneur specialising in teleshopping, consumer products, distribution and client relations. TF1 announced in January that it was in exclusive talks with Dillard for […]

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 […]

France Télévisions chief slams Salto delays as Netflix gains subscribers

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte used an appearance at the Series Mania event in Lille yesterday to express her frustration at regulatory delays that have prevented France’s main broadcasters from making progress with their joint streaming project. Ernotte was speaking after the European Commission, which had been examining the Salto project, the SVOD JV between […]

TF1 ‘optimistic’ about Salto, teams up with Netflix for period drama

French commercial broadcaster TF1’s CEO Gilles Pélisson remains “optimistic” about the prospects for Salto, the subscription video-on-demand service JV between TF1, fellow commercial player M6 and public broadcaster France Télévisions, despite delays in getting the project off the ground. Speaking at the Series Mania event in Lille yesterday, Pélisson said that the partners in the […]

TF1’s Newen acquires Belgian production outfit

French commercial broadcaster TF1’s Newen production outfit has acquired a majority stake in Belgian production company De Mensen. Newen has taken a 60% stake in the company, which produced Flemish-language recurring and live shows for broadcasters and platforms including Netflix. Founders Raf Uten and Maurits Lemmens will retain a minority stake in the venture. Newen […]

TF1’s Auféminin acquisition and telco deals fuel growth

French broadcaster TF1’s new Unify digital unit centred around its acquisition of Auféminin, together with its success in securing advantageous agreements with the country’s main distributors saw its revenues jump by 7.3% to €2.88 billion last year. On the back of these results, TF1 has set the goal of achieving an overall double-digit operating margin […]

TF1 brings digital activities together under Abecassis

French broadcaster TF1 is bringing its digital activities together in a new division, Unify, under digital and innovation chief and Auféminin CEO Olivier Abecassis. Unify will comprise all of TF1’s new digital activities except its OTT and Replay TV services, bringing together the Auféminin group of websites – including Auféminin, Marmiton and MyLittleParis – e-health […]

TF1 in negotiations for sale of tele-shopping unit

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has entered into exclusive negotiations with former Teleshopping CEO Jérôme Dillard to sell the commercial activities of teleshopping channel Tele-Achat. The broadcaster said that as the sector was in the midst of a transformation, it had decided to give up operating control of Tele-Achat – encompassing sourcing of products, commercialisation and […]