Maxime Saada
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Chairman, Managing Board

Head of the Vivendi-owned Canal Plus Group since 2015, Saada has helped shore up the pay-TV group’s plummeting subscriber base thanks to carriage deals with telecom companies Orange and Free, and the launch of new packages. While undergoing some belt tightening, Canal Plus remains the biggest backer of French movies and invested $3.2 billion in content in 2018. Original series include “The Bureau” and “Versailles,” and George Clooney’s six-part Hulu series “Catch-22” is a recent acquisition. He spearheads the group’s international outreach, notably in Africa and the U.S., where the company signed a deal with DirecTV to launch a Canal Plus channel. Studiocanal, its film and TV production and distribution arm, had a strong year with such hits as “Paddington 2.”


  • Studiocanal
  • Canal+
  • Dailymotion U.S.


  • Institute of Political Studies of Paris (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Maxime Saada Tapped Chairman of Vivendi's Dailymotion

Maxime Saada Tapped Chairman of Vivendi's Dailymotion

Canal Plus Group's CEO Maxime Saada has been tapped chairman of Dailymotion, one of the world’s biggest aggregation and distribution platforms which draws over 3.5 billion video views per month.Vivendi acquired Dailymotion in June 2015 for a reported 217 million Euros. Saada, who will stay CEO of Canal Plus Group, will replace Dailymotion's current chairman Cedric Tournay.Saada will be responsible for fast-tracking synergies between Dailymotion and all of Vivendi’s other businesses including Canal Plus.Saada will work with Guiseppe de Martino...


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