Gilles Pélisson
Christophe Chevalin
France
2021

TF1 Group

Gilles
Pélisson

Chairman / CEO

Veteran exec Pélisson is focused on ensuring that French commercial broadcaster TF1 remains a strong force amid competition from global players. In addition to running TF1, the former Euro Disney, Bouygues Telecom and Accor Group CEO is chairman of French SVOD Salto, part of his “total video” diversification strategy for TF1, adding to AVOD service MYTF1, five free-to-air channels, four thematic channels and digital division Unify. TF1 has also been investing in production through its subsidiary Newen, which now has a presence in seven countries including Canada, the U.K. and Spain. With streamers such as Netflix and Amazon competing for the best French talent and content, Pélisson has been overseeing plans to scale up further still. TFI is now set to merge with rival M6 Group, subject to regulatory approval.

Career

  • TF1 Group
  • Bouygues Telecom
  • Accor

Education

  • ESSEC Business School (France)
  • Harvard Business School (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Achievement in International Television

Philanthropy

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Romain Bessi Appointed Newen Studios CEO, Succeeding Bibiane Godfroid

Romain Bessi Appointed Newen Studios CEO, Succeeding Bibiane Godfroid

Newen Studios CEO, Bibiane Godfroid, is stepping down from the TF1 Group-owned production and distribution company. Romain Bessi, who is currently managing director of the banner, has been appointed CEO and will start Jan. 31. Bessi has been driving Newen Studios's international expansion since joining the company from the Canal Plus Group in 2018. Bessi started heading TF1 Studio in 2019 and began spearheading all of Newen Studios' operations earlier this year. Over the last three years, Newen Studios has...

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