Gilles Pélisson

French regulators give broadcasters’ joint SVOD the greenlight

French regulators have cleared Salto – also referred to as the ‘French Netflix’ – to begin operations, with an eye on launching early next year. The long-anticipated SVOD service from commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 and public broadcaster France Télévisions today (12 August) received the greenlight from the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la […]

Netflix’s Sarandos, Amazon’s Brown set for Series Mania

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and Amazon Studios’ European originals boss Georgia Brown are heading to Series Mania as part of the French festival’s ‘Lille Transatlantic Dialogues’ programme. The day-long 27 March event is billed as a bilateral summit between the European Union and the US, uniting political decision makers with leading industry execs […]

TF1 wants production to aid resurgence

France’s TF1 Group plans to focus on the development of thematic channels rather than rely on the advertising pull of its flagship channel, and to develop its production activity as part of a new strategy aimed at returning the group to growth. The shift in emphasis comes as TF1 saw its operating profit for the […]

Major Euro nets pact for MCN investments

France’s TF1 Group and Italy’s Mediaset have bought into ProSiebenSat.1’s Studio71, with the German media group taking a stake in TF1’s Finder Studios, as Europe’s multichannel network market consolidates. In what’s being described as a strategic digital media alliance, TF1 and Mediaset will take stakes of 6.1% and 5.5% respectively in Germany- and US-based MCN […]

TF1 buys into MinuteBuzz

French broadcaster TF1 has taken a majority stake in local online video entertainment MinuteBuzz as part of a wider push to develop its presence on social media. MinuteBuzz is popular among French millennials, with a subscriber base of nine million. The outfit recorded two billion views on its platform since the start of this year. […]

New TF1 boss reorganises, sets out vision

France’s leading free-TV broadcaster TF1 has reorganised and given former Canal+ exec Ara Aprikian the top content job, as it positions as a leading player in TV production in France and internationally. Gilles Pélisson (pictured) has just taken over from Nonce Paolini at the helm of TF1, and announced the organisational structure and his goals […]

TF1 in talks to buy Newen stake

French broadcaster TF1 has entered into exclusive talks that could see it acquire a majority stake in production and distribution compatriot Newen Group. A deal would hand the commercial network group a majority stake in the seven-year-old Newen, which produces around 1,300 hours a year and has a sales catalogue of more than 5,000 hours. […]

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 […]