Gilles Pélisson
Christophe Chevalin
France
2020

TF1 Group

Gilles
Pélisson

Chairman / CEO

Pélisson is leading France’s fightback against Net­flix and Amazon Prime. As well as running French broadcaster TF1, the former Euro Disney, Bouygues Telecom and Accor Group CEO is chairman of newly launched French SVOD Salto, part of his “total video” diversification strategy for TF1, adding to catch-up service MYTF1, five free-to-air channels, four thematic channels and digital division Unify. TF1 has also been investing in production via subsidiary Newen, which is expanding internationally and includes credits like historical drama “Versailles” and U.K. prodco Ringside Studios, while acquiring Canada’s Reel One and Belgium’s De Mensen. The slump in advertising caused by COVID-19 has hit TF1 hard, but the pandemic has also etched its place in French life — something Pélisson is building on with a slate of premium, exclusive and local content.

Career

  • TF1 Group
  • Bouygues Telecom
  • Accor

Education

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

Variety Honors

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

Philanthropy

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TF1 Group CEO Gilles Pelisson Has an Ambitious Plan for the Future

TF1 Group CEO Gilles Pelisson Has an Ambitious Plan for the Future

Since taking the reins a little over a year ago, TF1 Group chairman and CEO Gilles Pélisson has implemented an ambitious digital transformation strategy.His aim: widen the group’s international presence, restructuring it as a multi-channel content marketplace, with reinforced branding and stronger appeal to key audience segments, including women and millennials.The 59-year-old Pélisson, whose TF1 is the recipient of this year’s Variety Achievement in Intl. TV Award, is the nephew of MIT-educated Gerard Pélisson, co-founder of the Accor international hotel...

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