Why Netflix’s new French office might have to play by new rules

Netflix’s launch of its new 40-employee-strong office in Paris last week and the unveiling of a raft of new local projects came amidst a reshaping of production obligations in France that could have extensive ramifications. Since its launch in the country in 2014, Netflix has developed 24 French shows, mostly series such as comedy Family […]

Watchdog chief calls for ‘European Hulu’

European media groups needs to come together to create a “European Hulu”, according to Oliver Schrameck, director general of French media regulator the CSA. Speaking at an event at the Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas, Schrameck said that such an initiative would “of course” have to take into account “the variety of languages and cultures” […]

iTélé dispute over controversial host continues

Canal+-owned news channel iTélé’s management have produced a new offer aimed at staff wishing to quit the channel – the latest move in a dispute that has convulsed the news service for the last month. The offer comes as iTélé employees voted to continue their three-week-old strike at least until Wednesday, when representatives of three […]

Regulator deals blow to Canal+, blocks deal

France’s competition watchdog has rejected Vivendi-owned Canal+’s plan to become exclusive distributor of the BeIN Sports channels in the country, enabling it market a full complement of French football rights and other sports rights. The pay TVbroadcaster said that it would have to “work on other solutions to arrest the losses of the French Canal+ […]

CSA ‘concerned’ about Canal+, BeIN deal

French media regulator the CSA has expressed concern about Canal+’s planned deal with BeIN Sport, according to local reports. According to the BFM Business news service, the CSA has highlighted numerous problems with the proposed deal in a confidential opinion passed on to the French competition watchdog. While the deal as it currently stands is […]

Altice completes NextRadioTV stake deal

Cable and telecom investor Altice has taken a 50.42% stake in French media group NextRadioTV, owner of the BFMTV news channel and entertainment service RMC Découverte, in partnership with NextRadioTV founder Alain Weill. The move, which follows approval by French media regulator the CSA, sees Groupe News Participation, a joint enterprise in which Altice holds […]

TF1, M6 lose bid for French channel slot

French broadcasters TF1 and M6 have expressed disappointment that their proposed joint teleshopping channel has failed to secure a place in media regulator the CSA’s list of successful candidates for new HD digital-terrestrial frequencies. The pair said that their project would have delivered something new in France, would have allowed French small and medium-sized enterprises […]

French watchdog may ease pay TV content quotas

French media regulator the CSA is looking to ease the content creation obligations imposed on pay TV channels and create a more level playing field with international SVOD providers, according to CEO Olivier Schrameck. Schrameck (pictured) told a meeting organised by channel providers association ACCeS that linear pay TV services and SVOD services were increasingly […]

Canal+ co-founder launching online TV service

Former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure and Jean-David Blanc, the founder of AlloCiné, are launching a new online TV service, Molotov. The seasoned French media executives are pitching Molotov as a ‘Spotify for TV’, as it will aggregate content and make it available via connected devices. The service is currently being beta tested before a commercial […]

Pflimlin out as France Télévisions gets new boss

French media regulator the CSA has named the current executive director of Orange France, Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, as the new president of public broadcaster France Télévisions, replacing Rémy Pflimlin when his current term ends. Ernotte-Cunci, 48, who will take up her new role on August 22 and will serve for a five-year term, is the first […]

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