Thierry Ardisson

Thierry Ardisson

Thierry Ardisson on the set of Salut les Terriens ! February 20, 2014 (Plaine Saint-Denis)
Born (1949-01-06) 6 January 1949
Bourganeuf, Creuse, France
Nationality French
Occupation Television Host
Television Producer
Film Producer
Family Béatrice Ardisson (divorced)[1]
Audrey Crespo-Mara (since 2009)

Thierry Ardisson (born 6 January 1949 in Bourganeuf, Creuse), is a French television producer and host [2] and a movie producer.[1]

Many of his shows have some of the longest run times on French television, such as Paris Dernière, Tout le monde en parle, and On a tout essayé. He is the author of several books, including best-sellers (Louis XX – Contre-enquête sur la Monarchie and Confessions d’un Babyboomer). In 2013, he released and produced the French movie Max.[3]


His parents were originally from Nice, in southern France. His father, a construction worker, settled for a short while in Bourganeuf (Creuse) where Thierry Ardisson was born.[4]

Early Career in Advertising and Journalism

In 1969, Thierry Ardisson moved to Paris to start a career in advertising. He was first hired at BBDO, then at TBWA, and later at Ted Bates, before founding his own agency, Business, in 1978 with Éric Bousquet and Henri Baché.[5]

While working for Business, he invented the 8-second TV ad format to allow low-budget advertisers to access television media.[6] As a copywriter, he wrote a number of memorable slogans for French consumers. Business also sold articles to French newspapers and magazines. As a writer, he contributed to the underground magazine, Façade.[5]

In 1984, he was hired as the vice-director of publications for the Hachette-Filipacchi press group. His editorial decisions were considered too provocative and led to his discharge.[5] But in 1992, he worked a new partnership with Hachette-Filipacchi and launched the magazine Entrevue.[1] He sold his shares of the company back to Hachette-Filipacchi in 1995.[7]

In 1998, he launched the consumer magazine J’économise (“I save up”) which peaked at 420,000 prints.[8]

Career in Television

In 1980, in the course of the interviews that his agency Business conducted for French newspapers and magazines, Thierry Ardisson interviewed French tennis player Yannick Noah who admitted to smoking hashish and that tennis players regularly took amphetamines before the games, a scandal that led to his first appearance on television.[9]

In 1985, he adapted his press interviews (called Descente de police) for the French TV network TF1, but the concept – too brutal and provocative – got censored by French media authorities. TF1 kept him to host the show Scoop à la une.[10] He then coproduced the show À la folie pas du tout from 1986 to 1987, hosted by later-famous news anchor host, Patrick Poivre-d’Arvor.[11]

In 1987, he sold his shares of his advertising agency Business and founded the TV production company Ardisson & Lumières.

From 1987 to 1988, he produced for the TV network La Cinq the show Face à Face, hosted by Guillaume Durand, as well as Bains de minuit, a late-night show shot in the then-trendy night club Les Bains Douches that he hosted.[12] From 1988 and 1990, he hosted the show Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches, shot in the parisian theater Le Palace and aired on French TV channel Antenne 2.[13] For this show, he created the concept of “formatted interviews” such as “interview first time,” “self-interview” or “stupid questions.” During the same period, he coproduced the show Stars à la Barre.[14]

Afterwards, he hosted the show Télé Zèbre, which introduced two famous French comedians: Yvan Le Bolloc'h and Bruno Solo.[15] From 1991 to 1992, he hosted the late-night game show Double jeu with Laurent Baffie, a show that was also considered too provocative and was canceled by TV network Antenne 2 in early 1993.[16] From 1992 to 1994, he produced the shows Frou-Frou,[17] Graines de Stars[18] and Flashback.

In 1995, he produced and hosted Paris Dernière on the French cable channel Paris Première.[19] In 1997, he hosted Rive droite / Rive gauche with Frédéric Beigbeder, Élisabeth Quin and Philippe Tesson.[20]

In 1998, he joined France 2 (formerly Antenne 2) to host Tout le monde en parle each Saturday at prime time, alongside Laurent Ruquier, Linda Hardy, Kad et Olivier and Laurent Baffie.[21]

From 2003 to June 2007, he hosted 93, faubourg Saint-Honoré on Paris Première, a dinner in his parisian apartment with a panel of various celebrities.[22]

At the end of the 2005–2006 season, Thierry Ardisson left France 2 after a contractual disagreement (regarding his involvement with the competing TV channel, Paris Première) and joined the French semi-private TV network Canal+.[23] Since November 2006, he has produced and hosted the show Salut les Terriens ! every Saturday night at access prime time.[24] The show attracted 750K viewers the first year it ran.[25]

Starting in December 2010, he hosted the show Tout le monde en a parlé for the TV channel Jimmy. The show aired three seasons.[26]

In Octobre 2014, the audience of the show Salut les Terriens ! reached 1,4 million viewers, which made it the most popular show for Canal+.[25]

Career in Film

In 2005, he created the Ardimages group to produce feature films and television series.[27]

In 2012, he produced his first feature film, Max, directed by Stephanie Murat with Joey Starr and Mathilde Seigner, and distributed by Warner Bros. [28][29]

In 2013, he began producing a second feature film, The Gift, directed by Jean-Paul Rouve and starred Michel Blanc, Annie Cordy, Chantal Lauby and Audrey Lamy[30]

Career in Radio

On August 29, 2014, Thierry Ardisson joined Laurent Ruquier’s "Les Grosses Têtes" on RTL.[31]

Personal life

In 2014 Ardisson married French journalist Audrey Crespo-Mara.[32]


Special Broadcasts 









He is cited in a song by Renaud, Les Bobos : « Ardisson et son pote Marco » (référence à Marc-Olivier Fogiel).

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Thierry Ardisson Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. Damien, Mercereau. "Thierry Ardisson enfonce Jean-Luc Delarue". Le Figaro. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  3. "Max (I) (2012)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  4. (Thierry Ardisson & Philippe Kieffer 2004, p. 29)
  5. 1 2 3 Technikart. "Ex-fan des eighties". Technikart. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  6. Emmanuel, Berretta. "Thierry Ardisson, de A à Zèbre". Le Point. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  7. Garrigos, Raphaël. "De Warhol à Laetitia Casta". Liberation. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  8. Fontaine, Gilles. "" J'économise " cartonne". L'Expansion. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  9. "Plateau Thierry Ardisson". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  10. "Scoop à la Une (1985–1986)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  11. "À la folie, pas du tout (1987)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  12. "Bains de minuit (1987–1988)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  13. "Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches (1988–1990)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  14. "Stars à la barre (1988–1990)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  15. "Télé-Zèbre (1990– )". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  16. "Quand Thierry Ardisson passe aux aveux". Le Point. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  17. "Frou-Frou (1992–1994)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  18. "Graines de star (1996– )". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  19. "Paris dernière (1999– )". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  20. "Rive droite – rive gauche (1997– )". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  21. "Tout le monde en parle (1998–2006)". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  22. "93 Faubourg Saint-Honoré (2003– )". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  23. Garrigos, Raphaël; Roberts, Isabelle. "C'est un miracle que tu fusilles". Liberation fr. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  24. "Salut les Terriens (2006– )". IMDb. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  25. 1 2 Kessous, Mustapha. "Thierry Ardisson : " Quand vous êtes créateur en France, vous vous demandez à quoi vous servez " En savoir plus sur". Le Monde. Retrieved 4 January 2015. External link in |title= (help)
  26. "Ardisson animera "Tout le monde en a parlé" sur Jimmy". jeanmarcmorandini. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  27. Gonzales, Paule. "Thierry Ardisson se lance dans le cinéma". Le Figaro. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  28. "Thierry Ardisson coproduit son premier film". Le Figaro. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  29. Bruno, Maxime. "Thierry Ardisson produit son premier film, Max". L'Express. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  30. "Annie Cordy et Audrey Lamy plongent dans les Souvenirs de Jean-Paul Rouve". Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  31. "Franz-Olivier Giesbert et Thierry Ardisson rejoignent Laurent Ruquier". Retrieved 3 January 2015.
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  34. Perrin, Élisabeth. "La télé refait le D-Day". TV Mag. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  35. Revel, Renaud. "Sinistrose". L'Express. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  36. Template:Vid Broadcast Tout le monde en parle, 8
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