Jérôme Seydoux’s career in finance dates back to the 1960s. In 1986 he became chairman of French television network La Cinq and went on to continue his media activities with production and distribution projects. Seydoux had a role in the creation of European satellite television platform Sky, serving as the company’s chairman of the board in 1998 and 1999.
He acquired Pathé in 1990, going on to merge the company with Gaumont in 2002 to create Les Cinémas Pathé Gaumont. A historic institution in cinema history, Pathé began as a production company in 1896 before opening its first cinema in 1906. Today, the circuit employs 4,142 people in five countries. It operates a production division in France and the United Kingdom and a distribution entity in France and Switzerland. As an exhibitor, Pathé counts on 108 cinemas with 1,133 screens in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, and Tunisia with 23 IMAX, 42 4DX, and 11 Dolby cinemas.
Says Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon:
“It is our great honor to single out the achievements of Jérôme Seydoux for all he has done for the motion picture industry from a production, distribution, and, of course, exhibition standpoint. The Seydoux name is synonymous with excellence and an unequaled passion and love for film and the environment in which it is shown. Cinémas Pathé Gaumont is a world-class leader when it comes to the motion picture theatrical experience, and filmmakers and moviegoers are the great benefactors of their commitment and dedication to the world of cinema.”