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 chain; Gilles has assumed key management positions within the Accor group, including CEO between 2006 and 2010.

Following his Harvard Business School Mba, Gilles Pélisson worked for six years in the U.S. and then put in seven years as deputy CEO and CEO at Euro Disney in Paris between 1993 and 2000. More recently, he advised U.S. investment bank Jefferies and is currently a board member of consultancy firm Accenture.

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Studiocanal COO Romain Bessi Exits the Vivendi-Owned Group

Paris — Romain Bessi, who was COO of Studiocanal — the film and TV production/distribution arm of Vivendi-owned Canal Plus Group — is leaving the Paris-based company, Variety has confirmed.

Bessi is the latest in a string of high-ranking executives who have exited the company, both voluntarily and involuntarily, in the year since Vincent Bollore took full control of Vivendi and became chairman of Canal Plus Group’s supervisory board, in June 2015. Bollore has come under increasing scrutiny by French journalists and analysts who are questioning his strategic vision for the company and his management techniques.

Bessi is expected to depart in mid-July. For many years, he worked closely with Olivier Courson, the former chairman and CEO of Studiocanal, who was axed last September.

Speaking to Variety, Bessi said that “after 19 years working for Canal Plus, I just feel ready to move on and take on new challenges elsewhere.”

Added Bessi, “I
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Canal Plus on the Laugh Track With Hit Comedy ‘Platane’

Canal Plus on the Laugh Track With Hit Comedy ‘Platane’
Paris– After delving into a wide variety of genre, from cop dramas (“Braquo”) to costumers (“Borgia”) and most recently fantasy skeins (“Rebound”), French paybox Canal Plus is also exploring comedy with “Platane,” a half-hour laffer series co-helmed by popular stand-up comic Eric Judor and Denis Imbert.

Canal Plus kicked off the promotion of the second season of “Platane,” holding a press screening of the first three episodes with the key cast and production team in attendance.

Platane,” which is losely inspired by such U.S. shows as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Entourage,” follows Judor – supposedly playing himself –, a self-centered, socially-clumsy yet charming comedian trying hard reinvent his career as a auteur-filmmaker in season 1, and struggling to build a family while rekindling with his ex-girlfriend in season 2.

Ramzy Bedia (Judor’s real life stand-up teammate) also plays his own role, opposite Annelise Hesme, Toinette Laquiere and Nathan Kassabi.

The first of
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Karl Lagerfeld: Michelle Obama's Bangs Were "Not a Good Idea," Make Her Look "Like a News Anchor"

Karl Lagerfeld: Michelle Obama's Bangs Were
Karl Lagerfeld is not a fan of Michelle Obama's birthday bangs. The French designer told host Yann Barthes on Canal Plus last week that the Flotus' new 'do was "not a good idea." After being shown before-and-after pictures of the first lady's hair, Lagerfeld said, "I don't understand why she changed her hair." "I love Michelle Obama," he said before insisting that her new 'do makes her look "like a news anchor." (Un peu sévère, non?! ) That said, our fashionista Flotus shouldn't feel too bad about Lagerfeld's cheveux critique. Pippa Middleton and Adele have also been targeted by the outspoken 79-year-old. But at the...
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