Maxime Saada
Courtesy Maxime Saada
France
2019

Canal+

Maxime
Saada

Chairman, Managing Board

Head of the France-based, Vivendi-owned Canal Plus Group since 2015, Saada has helped stabilize the pay-TV group’s subscriber base, which took a hit after the launch of Netflix in France. He engineered carriage deals with telecom companies Orange and Free and the rollout of Canal Plus Series, a low-cost streaming service aimed at luring millennials. Original series include multiple seasons of espionage take “The Bureau” and historical drama “Versailles.” Saada spearheads the group’s international outreach, notably in Africa and the U.S., where he signed with DirecTV to launch a Canal Plus channel and more recently an exclusive deal to distribute Disney+ content in France, starting March 2020. The label is also acquiring pay-TV operator M7 to expand into seven additional European countries and reach nearly 20 million subscribers in 40 territories by the end of the year.

Career

  • Studiocanal
  • Canal+
  • Dailymotion U.S.

Education

  • Institute of Political Studies of Paris (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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