Gilles Pélisson
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France
2019

TF1 Group

Gilles
Pélisson

Chairman / CEO

TF1, Europe’s leading private channel, scored 91 of the 100 best-rated programs in France in 2018, thanks partly to the FIFA World Cup. Since joining holding company TF1 Group in 2009, Pélisson has implemented an ambitious digital-transformation strategy to widen the group’s presence internationally and restructure it as a multi-channel content marketplace. Under his leadership, the film division has streamlined with the launch of TF1 Studio, a French mini-major whose current slate includes Benjamin Millepied’s debut feature, “Carmen,” with Sony Pictures Classics, a modern-day reimagining of the celebrated opera. Another key content-creation pillar is the acquisition of French production group Newen, creator of Canal Plus’ English-language hit “Versailles” and Netflix’s first French series, “Marseille.” The group also has interests in social media and music publishing.

Career

  • TF1 Group
  • Bouygues Telecom
  • Accor

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Achievement in International Television
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Variety to Present Annual Achievement in International TV Award to TF1 CEO Gilles Pelisson at MipTV

Variety to Present Annual Achievement in International TV Award to TF1 CEO Gilles Pelisson at MipTV

Variety will present its annual Achievement in International TV Award to TF1 Group Chairman and CEO Gilles Pelisson at the MipTV trade fair next month in Cannes.The award is given to individuals who exhibit leadership, creativity, and innovation, and who are transforming the global television marketplace.Past honorees of Variety’s Achievement in International TV Award include Jeremy Darroch, Group CEO of Sky; Anke Schaeferkordt and Guillaume de Posch, co-CEOs of RTL Group; and Adam Crozier, CEO of ITV.“Gilles Pelisson’s dynamic approach to...

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