Canal+ Group


Canal+ consolidates Thema, installs new net boss

Canal+ Group has taken full control of French network Thema by acquiring 100% of the channel distribution subsidiary’s shares. Thema has also announced that Fabrice Faux will take over from François Theillet as CEO on July 1. Faux was previously finance and business development director at Canal+ Overseas, the Vivendi-owned pay TV operator’s international arm. […]

Vivendi: Canal+ losses cannot continue

Vivendi has stated that it “cannot on a long-term basis continue to finance the losses of Canal+ channels in France” following four years of losses. Posting its financial results for 2015, Vivendi said that the pay TV outfit posted negative EBITA of €264 million (US$293 million) last year, an increase in its losses of €76 […]

Vivendi CEO joins buy outs firm as non-exec chair

Gloo Networks, a company set up to buy and operate consumer brands in the media sector, has appointed Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine as non-executive chairman. De Puyfontaine, along with Gloo’s other directors, will be responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the company – which has set a target to buy media […]

Canal+ sees French subs base decline

French pay TV outfit Canal+’s performance in the first nine months of the year was boosted by strong performances in Africa and Vietnam and by the Canalplay SVOD service in France, but the group was hit by a decline in its French pay TV base. Canal+ Group added 619,000 subscribers in the year to September […]

New chief executive for Canal+-backed pay firm

Polish pay TV operator nc+ has named Manuel Rougeron as its new president, replacing Julien Verley, who is joining the board of Canal+ as part of the ongoing series of changes instigated at the French pay TV outfit by Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré (pictured). Rougeron, who was previously vice-president of programming at the operator and […]

Vivendi tightens grip on Canal+

Vivendi has secured overall control of Société d’Edition de Canal Plus, the company that controls the Canal+ premium channel family in France, as a result of the tender offer it initiated in May. Vivendi now controls 93.6% of SECP, with the tender resulting in the transfer of 45.2% of the share capital of the unit […]

Vivendi buys €217m Dailymotion stake

Vivendi has acquired an 80% stake in French video site Dailymotion for €217 million (US$241 million). Vivendi said that its acquisition of majority control of Dailymotion would enable the latter to accelerate its growth progamme and international expansion as well as giving it access to music and audiovisual content from Vivendi’s other subsidiaries, Universal Music […]

News brief: Canal+ hires France 2 exec

Canal+ has appointed France 2’s director of information, Thierry Thuillier, as its sports director, effective June 15. Thuillier will reports to Canal+ Group deputy general director, Maxime Saada, and will be responsible for editing Canal+’s pay sports channels. He joined France Télévisions as director of information in 2010 and become programme director of France 2, […]

New Disney channel launches in France

Disney has launched a new movie channel and on-demand service in France that will have a slew of features from the studio and get the upcoming Star Wars movie in an exclusive first window. Disney Cinema has rolled out on the CanalSat platform, and is programmed with features from Disney and its Pixar and Star […]

Canal+ makes key appointments

Pay TV operator Canal+ Group has reshuffled executive roles after naming René Saal as director of broadcast channels and premium strategy for its Canal+ Overseas arm, effective March 2. Saal will report to Canal+ Overseas president Jacques Le Puy on strategy for premium channels and to content chief François Deplanck on broadcasting matters. The broadcaster […]