Lagardère Studios

Mediawan completes $112m acquisition of France’s Lagardere Studios

French group Mediawan has continued its rapid expansion by completing a deal to buy Lagardere Studios, whose producers are behind shows including Netflix’s The Eddy. Mediawan, which appointed Endemol Shine France’s former chief operating officer Delphine Cazaux as COO in January, unveiled the plan to buy Lagardere for €100m ($100m) earlier this year as part of plans to […]

Lagardère Studios signs first look deal with Wattpad

France’s Lagardère Studios has signed a deal with web storytelling platform Wattpad, giving it exclusive first-look rights for all French-language content uploaded to the site. Lagardère Studios will be able to produce projects for TV, film, and digital adaptations, and its production label DEMD will be given a “priority window” for the stories. Projects for […]

Lagardère Studios acquires Dutch prodco Skyhigh TV

Lagardère Studios is investing in the Netherlands, securing a majority stake in Skyhigh TV. This follows the acquisition of Boomerang TV in Spain and Aito Media Group in Finland, as the French broadcast, production and sales group attempts to expand its European footprint. Skyhigh was created in 1999 and specialises in the production and distribution […]

Lagardere Studios buys Aito

Lagardere Studios has acquired a majority stake in Finnish formats producer Aito Media Group. The deal comes after France’s Lagardere bought Spanish drama producer Boomerang TV in 2015. While Aito is best known for factual entertainment shows such as Finland’s Smartest Person, The Redneck Auction and The Night Patrol, it has also moved into scripted and […]

Trace launches distribution arm

Afro-music and entertainment channels group Trace has launched a distribution division, which a former France Télévisions and Lagadère Studios exec will lead. Betty Sulty-Johnson is to run Trace Content Distribution (TCD) and is headed to MIPCOM to debut the unit. TCD has a catalogue of English- and French-language shows, including premium Afro-urban movies, concert shows, […]

Plessis hired to bolster Lagardère’s SVOD efforts

France’s Lagardère Studios has appointed Thomas Plessis as director of digital business, a role that sees him support development of original mobile, SVOD and OTT content. The hire marks a return to Lagardère for Plessis, who previously sold his podcasting business to the French media giant in 2008 and then worked as radio and digital […]

Lagardere launches light entertainment arm

Lagardère Studios, the production and distribution arm of Lagardère Group, is about to strengthen into the light entertainment format segment by setting up a dedicated R&D unit. The division will work in a “transversal” way with Lagardère’s affiliate production companies. According to CEO Christophe Thoral, talking at an informal meeting with the press at MIPTV, the […]

Lagardère Studios plans European indie M&A

Lagardère Studios, the entertainment division of Lagardère Group, is looking for further external growth in Europe and has a number of active M&A targets, TBI can reveal. The French independent production group already owns Spanish company Boomerang and its affiliates in Latin America and Italy, but wants to ramp up further, notably in Northern Europe. […]

Lagardère confirms replacement for Candilis

Lagardère has confirmed the exit of its TV chief, Takis Candilis, and the appointment of Christophe Thoral as his replacement. Candilis (right) has been running the French conglomerate’s TV division, now known as Lagardère Studios, for eight years. In confirming his departure, the company said he has “decided to embark on a new entrepreneurial adventure, […]

Takis Candilis out at Lagardère

Longstanding Lagardère executive Takis Candilis has left the media giant, according to numerous reports out of France. Candilis has been a senior exec at the French company, running its TV division and spearheading much of its recent M&A activity and growth. Last year the French conglomerate rebranded its content division Lagardère Studios as part of […]