Europacorp


Is this Europe’s next super-indie trio?

Mediawan has ambition and the cash, but what is the strategy? France’s newest production-distribution group has closed six takeover deals in the past year, and is now looking beyond its Gallic foundations. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly talks with co-founder Pierre-Antoine Capton about the plans to grow. By acquiring a 77% share of drama-orientated TV production group Makever […]

Netflix looks to acquire EuropaCorp

Netflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, a deal could be announced in a few weeks. EuropaCorp is responsible for Besson movies including Lucy and Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets. EuropaCorp’s Paris-listed shares […]

French consolidator Mediawan posts 2017 financials

Paris-listed production-distribution group Mediawan has reported its 2017 full year numbers. Both actual and pro forma results were included in results for the company, which launched at the end of 2015 as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Actual results (including a nine-month consolidation of financials from Groupe AB, which it bought last year) show […]

Netflix & Univision production pact after El Chapo success

Netflix and US Hispanic broadcaster Univision will coproduce five original series after following the launch of their first series together, El Chapo. Streaming service Netflix will work with Univision-owned Fusion Media Group for new series that will be shot in English and Spanish. The first new series is Tijuana, which will follow the launch model […]

EuropaCorp sells 28% stake to Chinese firm

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has sold more than a quarter of its shares to Chinese production and distribution company Fundamental Films. The US$67 million hands Fundamental a 27.9% stake in the France-based film and television production company through subsidiary FF Motion Invest. Besson’s holding company, Front Line, will remain EuropaCorp’s main shareholder with a 31.6%, diluted […]

Ellender exits producer Slingshot

Former FremantleMedia sales chief David Ellender has left the LA-based content producer he launched two years ago. The former CEO of FremantleMedia International has left Slingshot Global Media, a parting that Deadline reported to be “amicable”. Ellender launched Slingshot in February 2014 with backing from private investor TPG Growth. The remaining staff, which includes head […]

EuropaCorp TV revenues edge up

TV series revenues at Luc Besson’s production and distribution company EuropaCorp inched up in the most recent nine months. Sales totalled €25 million (US$28.5 million) for the first three quarters of the company’s financial year, a 2.3% increase on the same period a year earlier. EuropaCorp said that delivery of the final episodes of drama […]

AB, Arte and Xilam pick up French distribution gongs

French distributors’ trade body TVFI has awarded AB International Distribution, Arte France and Xilam Animation top honours in its annual awards. AB beat TF1 International and EuropaCorp to win the drama category for Desperate Parents, the comedy series from French prodco Elephant Story and which has sold as a finished show and a format. In […]

EuropaCorp revenues, profit soar

French mini-major EuropaCorp has posted improved revenues and profit for the first half of this year. Overall revenues at the film and TV production studio were €98 million (US$122 million) for the six months to September 30, 46.3% up on the €67 million reported in 1H13, driven by international sales. Profit came in at €7.3 […]

Netflix makes French content pledge

Netflix will win the support of local content creators in France by spending money on productions, even if its Dutch base exempts it from contributing directly to the country’s content creation regime, according to CEO Reed Hastings. Hastings also said that France’s strict movies windowing system will not be a problem for the streaming video […]