Lagardère


Takis Candilis resurfaces at Banijay

Takis Candilis has resurfaced at Banijay a week after exiting Lagardère. The seasoned French TV exec, who was at TF1 before running Lagardère’s TV business, will be head of scripted at Banijay Group. In that role he will be based in Paris and oversee all of Banijay’s scripted efforts out of France and across the […]

Lagardère confirms replacement for Candilis

Lagardère has confirmed the exit of its TV chief, Takis Candilis, and the appointment of Christophe Thoral as his replacement. Candilis (right) has been running the French conglomerate’s TV division, now known as Lagardère Studios, for eight years. In confirming his departure, the company said he has “decided to embark on a new entrepreneurial adventure, […]

Lagardère creates female-focused network

French media group Lagardère is to launch a new female-focused channel, Elle Girl. The entertainment channel will launch on Canal+ Group’s platform in September, according to Lagardère. The channel, which will leverage the Elle magazine brand owned by Lagardère, will focus on fashion and beauty but will also offer content related to culture and society, […]

Discovery Kids to cultivate Lilybuds

Discovery Kids Latin America will coproduce an original preschool series with Zodiak Kids Studios and France Télévisions. Lilybuds is a 52x11mins series about the adventures of a playful community of tiny magical gardeners, who unite to tend to an extraordinary garden and care for the animals that live near by. French pubcaster France Télévisions commissioned […]

Lagardère prodco brings in Gaston

Lagardère has recruited Bruno Gaston to run its prodco Maximal. He has been running Lagardère’s Europe1 radio station but will now take charge of the producer, which makes popular magazine show C Dans l’air for France Télévisions. Gaston is one of the founders of the Inrockuptibles music and satire magazine, and has also worked in the […]

Danger Mouse spied in Oz, France

FremantleMedia’s new version of spy toon Danger Mouse has made its way to broadcasters in Australasia, France, Ireland and the Middle East. The show, originally for CBBC in the UK, has sold to the ABC in Australia, Channel 4 in New Zealand, Lagardere’s kids channels in France, Irish pubcaster RTÉ and MBC in the Middle […]

Canal+ hires channels veteran from Lagardère

French pay TV firm Canal+ has hired Gérald-Brice Viret as its managing director of channels, recruiting the seasoned exec from rival Lagardère. Viret (pictured) has run numerous digital channels in France, and also headed up the local cross-industry digital terrestrial group as DTT rolled out in the country. He joins Canal+ from Lagardère’s channels unit […]

Wuaki launches kids SVOD in France

Japanese-owned streaming and download service Wuaki is teaming with French media group Lagardère and launching a kids SVOD service in France. It will team with Lagardère kids channel Gulli, using its brand and content for a €3.99 (US$4.50) a month SVOD streaming service. Gulli shows such as Pokemon, Power Rangers, Naruto and Littlest Petshop (pictured) will […]

Lagardère buys Spanish prodco Boomerang

Lagardère has acquired Spanish producer Boomerang TV for an undisclosed sum. The French conglomerate’s TV unit, Lagardère Active, has taken an 82% stake with the remainder owned by BTV’s existing management – Pepe Abril, Pedro Ricote and Juan José Diaz – who will remain with the prodco. Abril, Ricote and Diaz run the producer, which […]

Busan Contents Market: 2015 report

TBI speaks to the international content companies that attended the ninth edition of the Busan Contents Market and the organisers of the South Korean market Busan Contents Market wants to establish itself as the number one programming market in Asia, says Jong Sang Koo, chairman of the event’s executive committee and media professor at Dongseo […]

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