Jérôme Seydoux, co-chairman and CEO of Pathé and chairman and CEO, Les Cinemas Pathe Gaumont, will receive this year’s Career Achievement in Exhibition Award, Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon announced today. CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, will be held April 1-4 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Seydoux will be presented with this honor at the International Day Luncheon taking place on April 1.
“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”, said Neuhauser. “The Seydoux name is synonymous with excellence and an unequalled passion and love for film and the environment in which it is shown. Cinémas Pathe 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.”
In 1990, Seydoux purchased Pathé Cinema, which he merged with Gaumont in 2002 to form Les Cinémas Pathe Gaumont. Now one of Europe’s leading cinema companies, Pathé is active in film production, in France and the United Kingdom and film distribution in, France and Switzerland. They currently have 108 cinemas with 1,133 screens in France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Tunisia with 23 Imax, 42 4DX and 11 Dolby Cinemas.
The company has produced and co-produced many English language pictures including The Queen, and Slumdog Millionaire while also pioneering the restoration and screening of classic titles via the Jérôme Seydoux Pathé Foundation. In 2018, Pathé recorded $1 billion in revenue and by the end of December, the company was employing 4,142 people in five countries. Pathé was founded in 1896 by Charles Pathé. Before the first World War, Pathé was the undisputed world leader of film production and distribution and opened their first cinema in Paris in 1906.
Seydoux began his career in finance in the 1960s before going on to acquire corporations such as Pricel and Chargeurs Réunis, merging them to form Chargeurs. In 1986 he became chairman of La Cinq, France’s first private unencrypted television channel. His involvement in the media industry later included his production and distribution of films in association with Claude Berri, as well as his participation in the creation of the first European satellite platform Sky on which he became chairman of the board of directors between 1998 and 1999. Seydoux is also vice-president of OL Groupe, the Lyons soccer club.