maxime saada

CHAIRMAN

STUDIOCANAL - Maxime Saada

Born in June 1970, Maxime Saada is the Managing Director of the CANAL+ Group and C.E.O of Dailymotion.

Mr. Saada is a graduate of the IEP Paris (Sciences Po, 1992), and holds an MBA from the HEC (1994).

Maxime Saada began his career in 1994 within the North American branch of DATAR (France’s Inter-ministerial Delegation of Land Planning and Regional Attractiveness), and was responsible for the promotion, prospecting and oversight of American investments in France.  He went on to join the consultancy firm McKinsey & Company in 1999, working with the senior management of various companies in the telecoms and distribution sectors.

In May 2004, Maxime Saada left the firm to become Strategy Director at the CANAL+ Group, where he would later join the board of Directors and oversee consumer studies for the entire Group.   Following his contribution to bringing TPS shareholders into the CANAL+ Group, Saada became Marketing Director for the CANAL+ Group and Director of CANALSAT in June 2007, then Commercial Director of the Canal+ Group in October 2009.

He was named as Deputy Managing Director in charge of Distribution for CANAL+ in January 2011, then Deputy Managing Direction in Charge of Subscription Channels in April 2013.

Maxime Saada has also served as an associate lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, lecturing for the Master’s course in Finance and Strategy.  He also served on the Sciences Po Board of Governors from 2006 - 2013.

In July 2015, he became Managing Director of the CANAL+ Group.

In January 2016, he was named C.E.O of Dailymotion, retaining his post as Managing Director of the CANAL+ Group. 

In February 2018, he was also named President of STUDIOCANAL.  In addition, all Strategic Content acquisitions in Sports, Cinema, TV Series and third-party Channels for the CANAL+ Group fall under his direct authority.

didier lupfer

CEO

STUDIOCANAL - Didier LUPFER

After graduating from the ESD SUP management school and Metz University, Didier Lupfer began his career in 1986 at RTL Télévision Luxembourg. He participated in the project to take over France’s sixth terrestrial television network, which resulted in the launch of the M6 channel in March 1987.

At M6, Lupfer held different posts before being appointed Deputy Head of Programming for the channel in 1990.

In 1991, Lupfer joined the CARAT Group as Director of Forecasting and Programming.

In 1994 he returned to the RTL Group, where he worked on the project to create the TPS satellite package and was then appointed CEO of the cinema subsidiary.

He joined CANAL+ in 2000 as Director of Program Development. Assigned by the CANAL+ Group to MULTITHÉMATIQUES in 2001, he served as CEO of the CinéCinémas film channel. In 2003, he was appointed Deputy Director of CANAL+ in charge of cinema.

In 2006 Lupfer set up One World Films, a production company, where he produced GAINSBOURG: A HEROIC LIFE (which won three César) and WAR OF THE BUTTONS and he was appointed Managing Director of SKYNET IMOTION ACTIVITIES, a Belgacom subsidiary, and Director of the Content Division of the BELGACOM GROUP.

Lupfer joined the UBISOFT Group in 2011 as Executive Vice-President in charge of the production and development of UBISOFT MOTION PICTURES. He was Producer of the world-famous animated series RAVING RABBIDS and participated in the development of the ASSASSIN’S CREED and SPLINTER CELL movies.

He joined the Vivendi Group in September 2015 to head the Cinema activities. Alongside his function as CEO of STUDIOCANAL, he is Canal+ Group Executive Vice-President in charge of Cinema.

ron halpern

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION AND ACQUISITIONS

STUDIOCANAL - Ron HALPERN

Ron Halpern has been in charge of international productions and acquisitions for STUDIOCANAL since 2007, overseeing its growth in international production and strongly contributing to the studio becoming a European major.

His past productions include BATFA winning and Academy Award nominated TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Joel and Ethan Coen’s INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, awarded the Jury’s Grand Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, NON-STOP with Liam Neeson, SHAUN THE SHEEP and worldwide successes PADDINGTON 1 and 2, as well as Academy Award nominee A WAR, directed by Tobias Lindholm and Luca Guadagnino's A BIGGER SPLASH. Recent releases include Nick Parck’s animated film EARLY MAN, THE COMMUTER with Liam Neeson and THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY BY Mike Newell.

Current productions: he is overseeing SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON, RIO with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal, RADIOACTIVE with Rosamund Pike and THE SECRET GARDEN with Colin Firth and Julie Walters.

Acquisitions have included THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, MOONRISE KINGDOM and THE IMITATION GAME.

Ron also oversees the theatrical adaptations and productions of STUDIOCANAL, notably THE PRODUCERS by Mel Brooks, THE GRADUATE and THE LADYKILLERS.

Before joining STUDIOCANAL, Ron worked for CBS SPORTS at 3 Winter Olympic Games.

He holds a BA and an MBA from Columbia University.

nicolas dumont

HEAD OF PRODUCTION, THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION, AND HOME ENTERTAINMENT FRANCE

STUDIOCANAL - NICOLAS DUMONT

After graduating from HEC and after a postgraduate degree in Law and Administration of Audiovisual Communication at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Nicolas Dumont started his career in 2002 at Galatée Films, a French production company led by Jacques Perrin, where he would become a producer.

In 2010, he joined CANAL+ as Head of Acquisitions for French Cinema. He was then appointed Head of French Cinema in 2015. In March 2018, Nicolas Dumont was appointed France’s Head of Production, Theatrical Distribution, and Home Entertainment.

francoise guyonnet

EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR TV SERIES

STUDIOCANAL - Françoise GUYONNET
Françoise Guyonnet is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (IEP). She began her career at A.C. Nielsen as a marketing consultant before joining Warner Music France in 1992 as marketing manager. In 1997, she joined France Télévision Distribution, where she held various positions including Head of Publishing. In 2006, she was appointed Head of Home Entertainment of STUDIOCANAL for France and then worldwide. In 2014, she became Head of TV, Home Entertainment and New Media for France after running business and marketing development of STUDIOCANAL for France and then worldwide. In 2017, she became Head of TV within STUDIOCANAL’S production division.

nicola shindler

CEO STUDIOCANAL UK

STUDIOCANAL - Nicola SHINDLER

Nicola Shindler has more than 20 years of experience in production.

After studying at Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University, she began her career in 1993 as a script editor on the Cracker series. She took her first steps in production at the BBC in 1996, working on award-winning project Our Friends in the North as an assistant producer, and then went on to win a Bafta with ITV as Producer for Hillsborough.

In 1998, Nicola Shindler set up RED Production Company –which became part of STUDIOCANAL’s international production network in 2013– in order to work with the best writers on original television drama. The Manchester-based indie, with Nicola at its helm, has since produced some of the UK’s most popular and award-winning series, working with esteemed writers including Russell T Davies, Harlan Coben, Matt Greenhalgh, Danny Brocklehurst and Sally Wainwright. Nicola’s credits include multi BAFTA award-winning and critically acclaimed Happy Valley and Last Tango In Halifax, Lenny Henry’s first screenplay Danny and the Human Zoo, Dan Sefton’s Trust Me, Danny Brocklehurst’s ratings-winning dramas Ordinary Lies and The Driver, Harlan Coben’s Safe and Russell T Davies ambitious and acclaimed trilogy Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. Recent shows include Harlan Coben’s Safe which stars Michael C Hall and Amanda Abbington for Netflix, Come Home, a three-part series for the BBC, written by Danny Brocklehurst, Butterfly by Tony Marchant, for ITV, starring Anna Friel, Trust Me Series 2 written by Dan Sefton and Years & Years written by Russell T Davies. Nicola and Russell will also be making The Boys for Channel 4 in 2019.

In September 2018, Nicola Shindler was appointed CEO of STUDIOCANAL’s London-based affiliate STUDIOCANAL UK, while retaining her position as CEO of RED.

In this position, Nicola is notably responsible for setting up and running a new in-house film production arm developing British films with the wealth of UK talent.

anna marsh

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF STUDIOCANAL AND UK MANAGING DIRECTOR

STUDIOCANAL - Anna MARSH

Anna Marsh has over 17 years of experience in the entertainment industry. After graduating from the University of Otago in New Zealand and then HEC, she began her carreer in 2002 in the International Sales department of Tele Images Productions (Marathon group), before becoming International Sales Manager at TF1 International. 

Anna joined STUDIOCANAL in 2008 as VP International Sales. In 2013, she was appointed Head of International Distribution Strategy, and shortly after Head of International Sales. In 2017, she was appointed EVP, International Distribution at STUDIOCANAL. Since February 2019, Anna Marsh also holds the position of Managing Director of STUDIOCANAL UK, while continuing to manage International sales from London. 

kalle friz

CEO GERMANY

STUDIOCANAL - Kalle FRIZ

Kalle Friz began his career in marketing and press at the International French Film Festival of Tübingen (1994-1999) and later at Advanced Filmverleih GmbH. Then, he was Head of Fox Searchlight and Local Acquisitions for Twentieth Century Fox Germany (2002-2009).
He joined STUDIOCANAL Germany in 2009, as EVP, Theatrical Distribution.
Since January 2014, he has held the position of Chief Operating Officer.

elizabeth trotman

CEO AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

STUDIOCANAL - Elizabeth TROTMAN

Elizabeth Trotman has over twenty five years experience in the entertainment industry.  

After completing her BCOM/BA, she started her career working for The Walt Disney Company in New Zealand and then across Asia.

During her tenure with Disney she worked on THE LION KING, TOY STORY and the global re-branding for WINNIE THE POOH.   

This led to a position working for Warner Bros in London where she worked with industry giants such as William Friedkin on the re-release of THE EXORCIST and Will Smith on WILD WILD WEST.   

She moved to Australia to take up a role for BBC Worldwide overseeing the launch of Teletubbies across Asia, including China.    

In 2002 she returned to New Zealand to oversee the marketing of both the Hoyts cinema chain along with Hoyts Distribution theatrical films. 

Over the past 10 years she has distributed more than 250 films covering all genres and scale, including SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE QUEEN and PASSION OF THE CHRIST.   

Elizabeth has also been an active participant across multiple industry bodies and fighting piracy is a personal objective of hers.   

yann le prado

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT LIBRARY

STUDIOCANAL - Yann LE PRADO

Yann Le Prado holds a DESS in International Administration from Paris 2 University and a DESS in Communication Law and Administration from Paris 1 University. He began his career as a lawyer in a specialized agency of the UN in Geneva before joining the media distribution companies Timing and then Europe Images International (Lagardère Group) in 2004, where he held the position of Head of Sales in French-speaking countries. In 2007, he joined Direct 8 (C8) as Head of Acquisitions, before taking over in 2009 the Internet and Diversification operations. In 2010, he became Director of Acquisitions of Direct 8 (C8) and Direct Star (CStar), then Deputy General Manager of Direct Star (CStar). In 2013, Yann Le Prado left C8 and CStar to join the Havas Group, as Chief Executive Officer of Havas Productions, an audiovisual production entity bringing together Havas Productions, Upside Television, Upside Films, Upside Distribution, Save Ferris and Hercules.

corinne bach

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OPERATIONS & DEVELOPMENT

STUDIOCANAL - Corinne Bach

Corinne Bach joined STUDIOCANAL in 2018 as Director of Development and Operations.

She had been Vice President of Vivendi Village and CEO of CanalOlympia, the number one network of cinemas and theaters in sub-Saharan Africa, since 2015.

Corinne started her career working for Web and Telecom companies in France and California–first at UUNET, one of the very first ISPs, then at NavLink, an affiliate of AT&T. She later joined SFR where she held various senior positions within the strategy and consumer marketing divisions.

In 2011, she became Vivendi’s Head of Innovation Projects in technology, content and media. 

A graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and Telecom Paris, Corinne Bach also holds an MBA from INSEAD.

jeremy gabbay

CHIEF FINANCIAL & STRATEGY OFFICER

STUDIOCANAL - Jérémy GABBAY

Jérémy Gabbay is a graduate from Ecole Centrale Paris engineering school.

He began his career as a consultant at consultancy firms BearingPoint and Arthur D. Little where he worked on media and telecom projects.

In 2014, he joined CANAL+ Group’s Strategy Department, before being appointed Head of Business Development of STUDIOCANAL in 2017.

Since October 2018, Jérémy holds the position of Chief Financial and Strategy Officer.

antoine banet-rivet

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS

STUDIOCANAL - Antoine Banet-Rivet

Antoine Banet-Rivet joined CANAL+ Group in 2000 at the Internal Communications Department, of which he became Director in 2002. In 2005, he was promoted to Director of Corporate & Internal Communications, CANAL+ Group. Between 2011 and 2016, he was also Head of PR of the Group’s all-news channel CNEWS (then iTELE). He was appointed as STUDIOCANAL EVP Communications in 2015. Since November 2016, he is also head of PR at global video platform Dailymotion.

Antoine, who holds a master’s degree and a post-graduate degree in French Literature from the Sorbonne University in Paris, started his career as an editor at Paris-based publisher Gallimard. He joined Heinz USA’s Communications Department in Pittsburgh, USA, in 1996 before moving to London where he was a journalist at the Camden Chronicle and The Independent newspapers from 1997 to 2000. 

sylvie arnould

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS

STUDIOCANAL - Sylvie ARNOULD
Sylvie Arnould holds a Ph.D. in Corporate Law from the University of Paris 2. After 3 years as a lawyer with the animation company Créativité & Développement followed by 5 years as an advisor at the French USPA (Union Syndicale de la Production Audiovisuelle =  Union for audio-visual production), she joined the CANAL+ GROUP in 1994.
Responsible for the business affairs of STUDIOCANAL Image, she took over the legal and business affairs of STUDICANAL in 2003; it groups together all the distribution and co-production business of new films and the catalogue.

axelle gallienne-dubuc

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

STUDIOCANAL - AXELLE GALLIENNE-DUBUC

Axelle Gallienne-Dubuc has a Master’s in Human Resources from SCIENCES PO Paris and began her career in 2003 as Human Resources Communications Officer for Groupe Pfizer. In 2006, she joined the Human Resources Strategy and Organisation consultancy firm IDRH as a senior consultant. A year later, she joined Groupe L’Oréal where she held various roles including Human Resources Manager until 2013 when she moved to the USA for personal reasons. On returning to France in 2015, she became Senior Talent Acquisitions Partner at Johnson & Johnson then Human Resources Manager on the Parisian Pierre Fabre site, a role that she held until her arrival at Groupe CANAL+.

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