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Gov’t set to test Vivendi’s grip on Telecom Italia

Italian government officials are reportedly moving forwards with the process of determining whether Vivendi exercises a controlling influence over Telecom Italia (TIM). The moves represent a further ratcheting up of pressure on the French media group, which has resolutely rejected claims that it now “controls” TIM. According to Italian press reports, the government could determine […]

Vivendi chief confirms Telecom Italia-Canal+ JV plan

Plans to create a pay TV joint venture between Canal+ and Telecom Italia (TIM) are set to be put forward before the TIM control and risk committee in August before being submitted to the board for approval, according to Vivendi CEO and Telecom Italia (TIM) executive chairman Arnaud de Puyfontaine. Speaking to analysts after TIM […]

Studiocanal’s Neylon exits as Campos becomes sales head

Studiocanal executive VP of sales and marketing Katrina Neylon has departed the company, TBI has learned, as former Endemol Shine director Beatriz Campos becomes head of international sales. Neylon departed from the company on July 28. The former Shine International exec joined Studiocanal in 2015. Campos (pictured) previously acted as vice president of sales for Iberia, Italy, Latin America […]

Canal + orders Joann Sfar drama Monsters’ Shrink

Canal + has commissioned Red Production Company to produce Joann Sfar’s live action drama Monsters’ Shrink. Red, a UK-based subsidiary of StudioCanal, will work with Sfar to create his first English-speaking live-action series, which follows the story of New Yorker Rebecka Broke, a neurotic and quirky psychoanalyst who discovers her husband has been found dead […]

Vivendi ‘set to launch’ Italian version of Canal+

Locked in an epic legal battle with its original preferred partner in the Italian market, Vivendi is set to launch a parallel TV initiative in partnership with Telecom Italia (TIM), according to French financial daily Les Echos. The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims Vivendi has decided to launch a premium channel, named Canale+, with […]

Netflix & Canal+ co-order Safe drama

Streaming service Netflix and French paycaster Canal+ have co-commissioned an eight-part drama, Safe, which was previously set for Sky. The series comes from writer Harlan Coben, and will star Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and Amanda Abbingdon (Sherlock). Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless) is attached as writer. A similarly-themed series from Red, Coben and Brocklehurst was announced as […]

Canal+ defends rights payment freeze

Canal+ has defended its refusal to pay rights fees demanded by French collecting societies following a dispute that has lasted several months, leading to major legal battle between the pay TV operator and four of the main societies. Four leading collecting societies – SACD, SACEM, SCAM and ADAGP – filed a lawsuit with the Paris […]

Fox debuts on-demand service in France

Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa has today launched its authenticated on-demand service in France. A deal with local affiliate partner Canal+ will see the VOD service becoming the latest to get Fox’s branded digital video product. Fox Play will stream through TV, mobile, tablet and web, and allows for offline viewing, and is offered […]

Canal+ drama Belfer tops Polish demand list

A local Canal+ drama is the most in-demand series in Poland, according to exclusive new stats. Belfer took more than 1.3 million more average demand expressions than the second-placed Pretty Little Liars last week, the latest TBI-Parrot Analytics In-demand charts reveal. The seriesis a crime drama for pay TV operator Canal+. Its 6.45 million demands […]

Canal+ gains freedom to strike exclusive deals

France’s competition watchdog has removed the majority of restrictions placed on pay TV operator Canal+ originally imposed to greenlight its merger with TPS. This frees the operator up to strike exclusive premium channel deals with the likes ofBeIN Sports, as well as to retain exclusivity of series that it pre-finances. Citing the changing conditions of […]