Maxime Saada
Philippe Mazzoni
France
2020

Canal+

Maxime
Saada

Chairman, Managing Board

A former McKinsey & Co. consultant, Saada rose through the ranks at Vivendi-owned Canal Plus Group after joining as director of strategy in 2004. Taking the reins in 2015, he focused on international expansion. Subscribers have since risen from 11 million to 20 million in 40 countries, thanks to a sharp rise in Africa and Asia and a move into seven new European countries via last year’s €1 billion acquisition of pay-TV broadcaster M7. Saada spurred Canal Plus’ digital drive, bundling Netflix and, more recently, Disney Plus into the MyCanal VOD service in France. Content investment is also a focus, with co-productions including series “The New Pope” and “ZeroZeroZero.” During lockdown, Saada unencrypted the Canal Plus channel for two weeks so anyone confined in France could watch.

Career

  • Studiocanal
  • Canal+
  • Dailymotion U.S.

Education

  • Institute of Political Studies of Paris (France)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 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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