Maxime Saada


Canal+ cuts premium pricing

Canal+ is cutting the price of its premium channel, introducing subscriptions with no fixed commitment and abandoning the practice of controlling the subscriptions sold by ISPs. This will enable internet companies to market its channels as part of a bundled offering – in a concerted drive to reverse the decline in its domestic base and […]

Saada slams Canal+ strike action

A strike by staff at Canal+ news channel iTele has spread to the broadcaster’s main pay TV service, with a reported 65 staff at the channel coming out in support of the news staff. Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada issued a statement to the effect that a symbolic strike had been voted for about 30 staff […]

Bolloré to ‘step down’ as Canal+ chair in handover

Vincent Bolloré is set to quit as chairman of Canal+ this summer, with his son Yannick likely to join the company’s board, according to a report by French daily Le Figaro. According to the paper, citing an unnamed source close to the matter, Bolloré intends to hand over the reins at Canal+ sometime over the […]

Canal+ ups execs, reining in costs

Vivendi-owned Canal+ has reorganised its executive ranks in an effort, it said, to keep better control of costs. Vivendi bosses recently said that Canal+ cannot continue to bleed red ink after four consecutive years of losses. Today Canal+ said that “in order to better control costs and control the income statement of its pay-TV operations […]

Canal+ hands FTA ents chief wider role

Vivendi-owned pay TV operator Canal+ has given free-to-air channel D8’s director of live and entertainment programming, Franck Appietto, the same responsibilities across Canal+. In his new role, Appietto will report to Canal+ Group CEO Maxime Saada. He will retain his responsibilities at D8 under the channel’s director-general Xavier Gandon. Appietto has held a number of […]

Canal+ boss becomes Dailymotion president

Vivendi has appointed Canal+ chief Maxime Saada to take over the presidency of video-sharing and aggregation site Dailymotion from Cédric Tournay, who is leaving the group. Saada, who is already vice-president of Dailymotion, will combine his new role with his existing position as CEO of Canal+. He will focus on developing further synergies between Dailymotion, […]

Canal+ reorg sees Bolloré chair supervisory board

Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré has become chairman of the Canal+ Group supervisory board as part of a wider management restructure at the French pay TV operator that sees Bertrand Méheut (pictured) exit. NC+ CEO Julien Verley and Bolloré Média chairman Jean-Christophe Thiery also join the Canal+ board at part of the restructure, with the latter becoming […]

News brief: Canal+ hires France 2 exec

Canal+ has appointed France 2’s director of information, Thierry Thuillier, as its sports director, effective June 15. Thuillier will reports to Canal+ Group deputy general director, Maxime Saada, and will be responsible for editing Canal+’s pay sports channels. He joined France Télévisions as director of information in 2010 and become programme director of France 2, […]

Canal+ makes key appointments

Pay TV operator Canal+ Group has reshuffled executive roles after naming René Saal as director of broadcast channels and premium strategy for its Canal+ Overseas arm, effective March 2. Saal will report to Canal+ Overseas president Jacques Le Puy on strategy for premium channels and to content chief François Deplanck on broadcasting matters. The broadcaster […]