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Elephant hires Newen exec to head int’l production

French indie Elephant has hired Germanized executive producer and Newen Group head of international copros, Sandra Ouaiss, as its head of international drama. Ousaiss, who will also executive produce for the company, will develop projects for French broadcasters and oversee Elephant’s push into international scripted production, with a particular focus on projects for major SVOD […]

Vice set to hire Vivendi Content chief

Vice Media is close to naming Vivendi Content chief Dominique Delport as its international chief, charged with leading the company’s expansion in international markets. Variety first reported that Delport was in advanced negotiations to join Vice, reporting to recently appointed CEO Nancy Dubuc when she takes over the chief executive role from Shane Smith. According […]

Activist investor wants Vivendi off TIM board

US activist investor Elliott Management has formally submitted a request to Telecom Italia (TIM) to include a proposal to remove Vivendi-nominated members from the telco’s board when TIM shareholders meet on April 24. Elliott has called for six directors – TIM chairman Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Hervé Philippe, Frédéric Crépin, Giuseppe Recchi, Félicité Herzog and Anna […]

Canal+ originals chief to lead new Studiocanal prodco

Canal+’s head of originals, , will lead a new French television production company at the pay TV giant’s subsidiary, Studiocanal. Saracco will also remain in her post as head of Canal+ Création Originale while also developing and producing new series in France as chairman of the prodco, which will sit within Studiocanal. She is best […]

CSA steps in as TF1’s dispute with operators deepens

French media regulator the Conseil Supéreiur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) has volunteered to mediate in the increasingly rancorous dispute between the country’s leading commercial broadcaster TF1 and distribution platforms Orange, Canal+ and Free. The media watchdog expressed disquiet about the possible consequences of the dispute and said it was available to facilitate discussions between the relevant […]

Walter Presents heads down The River

On-demand service Walter Presents has acquired rights to new Norwegian drama The River in the UK, US and Australia. Canal+ in Poland, ZDF in Germany and Yandex in Russia have also bought the 8x60mins series, which UK-based DRG launched at MIPCOM last year. The River is based on real events and set in a close-knit […]

Canal+ orders HBO’s My Brilliant Friend

French group Canal+ has pre-bought My Brilliant Friend, a drama based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling book of the same name. The HBO, Rai Fiction, and TIMVISION series is currently in production in Italy. It is directed by Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts). It features the character of Elena Greco, an elderly woman immersed in a house […]

Vivendi-Mediaset rapprochement expected ‘within days’

Vivendi could strike a deal in the next few days to end its legal dispute with Mediaset and forge a new content partnership involving Telecom Italia, according to press reports. According to Agefi-Dow Jones, citing an unnamed source, a three-way agreement involving Mediaset, Telecom Italia and either Vivendi or Canal+ is on the cards. A […]

Vivendi’s mobile SVOD net Studio+ set for US

France’s Vivendi is launching its smartphone-targeted SVOD service Studio+ to the US. The service, which offers customers a slate of 10x10mins high-end original short-form series, will debut Stateside with new music drama All You Need is Me and thriller series Hadame Hollywood. Studio+ is the result of collaboration between Vivendi’s Canal+ and Universal Music divisions, […]

Canal+ formalises Telecom Italia JV

Canal+ has created its planned joint venture with Telecom Italia (TIM), focusing on the acquisition and production of movies and series that will enable Telecom Italia to develop a compelling pay TV offering for the Italian market. In addition to movies and series, the JV will also be tasked with acquiring sports rights. TIM will […]