The Player

A restless night owl, Pierre Lescure does some of his best thinking at 2 a.m. In his office or his Paris apartment, the chairman of French television powerhouse Canal Plus hunches over a fax machine into the wee hours, firing off handwritten queries to company managers on everything from new programming to strategic alliances. Once he phoned a company executive long after midnight to complain there was nothing good on TV. The pair hatched the concept for the hugely successful Canal Jimmy, an all-night channel devoted to old and new American TV serials, cult movies, and pop music.

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