Maxime Saada
Philippe Mazzoni



Chairman / CEO

A former McKinsey consultant, Saada rose through the ranks at Vivendi-owned Canal+ Group after joining as head of strategy in 2004. Taking the reins in 2015, he ramped up its international footprint, doubling subscriber numbers to 22 million in more than 40 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia. Acquisitions have been key: Canal+ acquired pay-TV broadcaster M7 for over €1 billion in 2019 and this year bought European channel operator SPI International as well as upped its stake in South African pay-TV firm MultiChoice. Content is also a big focus for Saada, with Canal+ investing €3.2 billion annually. With StudioCanal, the group will produce 150 in-house films and series by 2022, including international co-prods with Apple, Netflix and Sky.


  • Studiocanal
  • Canal+
  • Dailymotion U.S.


  • Institute of Political Studies of Paris (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Canal Plus to Invest $680 Million in French, European Films Through 2024

Canal Plus to Invest $680 Million in French, European Films Through 2024

Vivendi-owned pay TV group Canal Plus has signed a pact with France's film guilds on Thursday to invest €600 million ($680 million) in French and European films from 2022 to 2024.Under the agreement, Canal Plus will have to dedicate 85% of the $680 million to French films over the next three years. The pact, which took six months to come to fruition, was signed by Canal Plus CEO Maxime Saada and France's main film unions, the ARP, BLIC and BLOC,...


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