Former head of Canal + and Eutelsat, administrator of Netflix, will be responsible for the platform of the TF1 group.
We didn’t have to wait a week. After the failure of the fusion between TF1 and M6, the TF1 group decided to turn the page. Rodolphe Belmer joins the audiovisual group to finally assume the presidency, replacing Gilles Pélisson, who will assume new functions within the Bouygues group.
Initially, Rodolphe Belmer will be appointed CEO from October 27, while Gilles Pélisson will retain the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors. But the transition period will be short-lived, as Rodolphe Belmer will become CEO on February 13, 2023.
The latter, 53, is a great television specialist. He led the Canal + group from 2003 to 2015 as CEO. Expelled from the group after the takeover bid for Vivendi, the parent company of Canal+, by Vincent Bolloré, Rodolphe Belmer rebounded at Eutelsat, the satellite operator for six years, from 2016 to 2021.
He left the group to try to save Atos, of which he was executive director for only a few months. In July 2022, in conflict with Bertrand Meunier, non-executive chairman of Atos, he presented the IT group’s strategic plan before retiring.
In addition to his various management positions, Rodolphe Belmer is also close to Reed Hastings, the Netflix boss who welcomed him to the US giant’s board of directors. Rodolphe Belmer had very early pressured Canal+ to buy Netflix when the latter was still just a small group betting on streaming video. But Canal+ only bought a minority stake before selling it.
On the Netflix board of directors, Rodolphe Belmer learned all the tricks of the streaming video platform business. A very valuable experience that will help you carry out the transformation of the TF1 group into a group of video streaming platforms.