Lagardère Entertainment

Production boosts Lagardère

TV production and channels helped keep Lagardère’s media arm, Lagardère Active, on an even keel in the first half of the year. TV registered growth of 28.1% for the first half, thanks to a relatively stronger performance from the company’s production arm. Production saw growth of 44.9%, in part due to a weak performance last […]

Lagardere reorganises, poaches Canal+ exec

French media group Lagardère Entertainment has reorganised into four divisions and poached Thierry Langlois from Canal+. The French firm will split its activities into TV production in France, international activity, programme distribution and digital production under the new structure. Lagardere recently bought Spanish prodco Boomerang and is set on further international expansion. Langlois, meanwhile, joins […]

Lagardère makes African move with DIFFA deal

France-based Lagardère has taken majority control of Africa-focused TV and film distributor DIFFA (International Distribution of Films and Fiction from Africa). The deal sees Lagardère formalise a partnership with DIFFA first announced earlier this year. The African business was formed three years ago by Alain Modot from the Media Consulting Group and Jean-Hubert Nankam from […]

Lagardère lays out African content business

Leading French production group Lagardère Entertainment is building out the structure of its new African content business. The company, which claims it produced 1,200 programming hours in 2014, began working on a production and distribution business, Lagardère Entertainment Africa, last autumn. The Paris- and Senegal-based operation is set to take a stake in an unnamed […]

Lagardère buys The Box Distribution

The international content arm of Lagardère has acquired The Box Distribution. Lagardère Entertainment’s LE Rights has bought the French programme sales business for an undisclosed amount. LE Rights said the deal will allow it to “boost its capacity to acquire programmes and formats”. The Box managing director Frédérik Rangé will stay with the company after […]

Lagardere moves into Asia, eyes Africa

French production and distribution house Lagardere Entertainment is launching Lagardere Entertainment Asia and opening its first office in Singapore. Stephane Bouillaud, a former presenter of Temptation Island on TF1, will run the Singapore base. “From there, We’re heading to open subsidiaries in SouthEastern Asia, Vietnam, Birmany, Thailand and Cambodia with the idea to develop local programming for local channels, […]

Lagardère in ‘ongoing’ talks with Vivendi over Canal+

French media company Lagardère has said that it is in “ongoing discussions with Vivendi” to reach an agreement on pay TV platform Canal+. The one line statement follows French press reports at the end of last week claiming that Vivendi had reached an agreement to buy out Lagardère’s 20% stake in the pay TV operator. […]

French documentaries singled out

Despite European public channels closing documentary slots and growing competition from hosted factual and reality series, the French single doc industry is finding success by diversifying and while presales are tough to secure, emerging territories are seeking international copro partners. Pascale Paoli-Lebailly explores the market. At MIPDoc in April, five out of the ten most […]

MIPTV News: Lagardere investigating JFK’s assassination in Cannes

The content sales arm of French conglomerate Lagardère will launch a new one-off doc about the assassination of former US president John F. Kennedy at MIPTV. The doc, Inside JFK’s Assassination, is in production and Lagardère Entertainment Rights will have early footage to show buyers at MIPTV. From French director Patrick Jeudy, the film will recount […]

Scripted reality consultation underway in France

French media regulator the CSA has said it will hold meetings with content creation professionals next month to determine the status of scripted reality TV shows. The CSA is aiming to clarify in particular the extent to which scripted reality shows should count towards channels’ commitment to provide a certain quota of fiction programming created […]