Chairman and CEO, Cyber Group Studios.
With more than 25 years of experience in the development, production and distribution of cultural and entertainment products, Pierre Sissmann has been involved in TV channel launches, music production and distribution and even in the creation of a press group. After being a top executive at Sony Music for 10 years, he was promoted French VP of A&R, Marketing and Promotion, before joining The Walt Disney Company as President of the French branch and VP Executive of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) branch, supervising all the divisions of the company.
Among other projects, he also created Walt Disney Animation France, the biggest European animation studio ever founded, which coproduced feature films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Tarzan. ln 1996, he created Disney Channel France and became its first President. In 2005, Sissmann co-founded Cyber Group Studios, a French company that produces and distributes TV programs and feature film around the world.
Recipient of more than 65 awards such as "International Studio of the Year" and the “High Growth Company Award”, Cyber Group Studios is one of the leading European animation studios with its current production of 9 series simultaneously, some of which have been sold to Disney and Turner for worldwide broadcasting.
In November 2016, Pierre Sissmann received an important distinction for his work with a lifetime achievement award at the "Hall of Fame Gala" held by Animation Magazine. The same month, the Minister of Culture and Communication, Audrey Azoulay (France) named Pierre Sissmann “Officer of the National Order of Merit” for his work in the field of culture and the media.
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