2019 key figures and events
10th January 2019:
The TF1 group is ranked 20th in the Ethics and Boards 2018 “Women on Boards” awards out of the 120 French large caps in the SBF 120, up four places from 2017. The Group retained its position as the highest-ranked media group, ahead of M6 (36th), Lagardère (42nd) and Bolloré (88th).
24th January 2019:
The TF1 group and national fibre operator Videofutur announce a new global distribution agreement. Under the agreement, Videofutur will distribute all the TF1 group’s free-to-air DTT channels (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI), alongside non-linear services associated with those channels.
30th January 2019:
The TF1 group enters into exclusive negotiations with Jérôme Dillard, former CEO of Téléshopping, with a view to selling the operational side of Téléshopping’s business. At a time when the distance selling business is changing radically, the TF1 group has decided to concentrate on broadcasting telesales programmes on its channels. Jérôme Dillard has committed to retaining all staff. The TF1 group has agreed to continue broadcasting teleshopping programmes for the next five years.
5th February 2019:
The TF1 Group announces the creation of Unify, its new digital division, which brings together the new digital activities of the TF1 group (excluding OTT and Replay TV): the Aufeminin group (Aufeminin, Marmiton, MyLittleParis, etc.), Doctissimo, Neweb (Les Numériques, ZDNet, Paroles de Maman, etc.), Gamned!, Studio 71, Vertical Station and TF1 Digital Factory. With a presence in 10 countries and more than 100 million unique visitors every month, Unify becomes the no.1 digital group built around federating content, original productions, talents, events and services dedicated to female themes, health and entertainment. Unify is currently present in three businesses: Publishers, Brand Solutions & Services, and Social e-commerce. The creation of this digital division will generate synergies with the TF1 group both editorially and commercially. Unify and TF1 Publicité will be able to marry their know-how and expertise to provide advertisers with all-new optimised cross-media solutions.
1st March 2019:
Newen takes a majority 60% stake in De Mensen, one of Belgium’s leading producers of audiovisual content.
11th March 2019:
The TF1 group announces the implementation, effective 11 March 2019, of a share buyback programme, as authorised by the Board of Directors and in accordance with the authority granted by the Annual General Meeting of TF1 shareholders on 19 April 2018. The repurchased shares will be cancelled.
26th March 2019:
TF1 and Netflix announce an agreement around the event series Le Bazar de la Charité. This first major partnership between Netflix and a French broadcaster, which was initiated by TF1 Studio (who are distributing the series on behalf of Quad Télévision), will give Netflix exclusive worldwide SVOD rights for four years.
10th April 2019:
The TF1 group announces that it will carry exclusive coverage of the entire 2019 Rugby World Cup, hosted by Japan from 20 September to 2 November. For the first time ever, a single media group is to broadcast the whole competition free-to-air. This is a further illustration of the TF1 group’s unrivalled ability to bring the biggest events to the widest possible audience.
11th April 2019:
The TF1 group announces that its has completed the sale of the operational side of its Teleshopping business (product sourcing, marketing, TV production, etc) to former Teleshopping CEO Jérôme Dillard, an independent entrepreneur and acknowledged specialist in telesales, consumer goods, specialist retail and customer relations.
23rd May 2019:
François Pellissier becomes Managing Director of TF1 Publicité and Sport at the TF1 group and joins the Executive Committee, succeeding Régis Ravanas (Executive Vice President, Advertising & Diversification) who has decided to leave the Group. He will continue to head up the Group’s Sport division, working closely with Ara Aprikian, Executive Vice President, Content.
24th June 2019:
TF1 and IP Belgium announce that they have signed an agreement on the marketing of TF1 channel advertising space in Belgium. This new collaboration will enable IP Belgium to make Belgian advertisers a competitive offer representing 13% Belgian audience share. Advertisers will enjoy additional coverage of their advertising targets and the chance to associate their brands with engaging, federating programmes in premium environments.  Source: CIM / Audience share PRA 18-54 / 17.00-23.00 2018.
11th July 2019:
Newen announces its intention to acquire a majority interest in Reel One, a leading player in the production and licensing of drama for the North American and global markets, which generates 90% of its revenue outside of Canada. Tom Berry is to continue in his role as CEO of Reel One within the Newen group. Newen's acquisition of Reel One is subject to the approval of the Department of Canadian Heritage under the Investment Canada Act.
12th August 2019:
Following the favourable opinion from the CSA (the French audiovisual regulator) on 17 July 2019 and the authorisation issued on 12 August 2019 by the French Competition Authority, the TF1, M6 and France Télévisions groups announce that the Salto joint venture will be able to commence operations. With Salto, the France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 groups will pool their resources in an ambitious local response to evolving audience expectations, while further strengthening their active participation in the French and European creative industries.
17th September 2019:
At its first meeting, held on 16 September 2019, the Supervisory Board of Salto elects Gilles Pélisson (Chairman & CEO of the TF1 group) to serve as its Chairman for a two-year term of office. Thomas Follin, previously a member of the M6 group’s Executive Committee, is appointed to lead the operational management of Salto, taking up the post on 16 September 2019 with the aim of launching the platform in the first quarter of 2020