Lagardère buys Spanish prodco Boomerang

Lagardère has acquired Spanish producer Boomerang TV for an undisclosed sum. The French conglomerate’s TV unit, Lagardère Active, has taken an 82% stake with the remainder owned by BTV’s existing management – Pepe Abril, Pedro Ricote and Juan José Diaz – who will remain with the prodco. Abril, Ricote and Diaz run the producer, which […]

Busan Contents Market: 2015 report

TBI speaks to the international content companies that attended the ninth edition of the Busan Contents Market and the organisers of the South Korean market Busan Contents Market wants to establish itself as the number one programming market in Asia, says Jong Sang Koo, chairman of the event’s executive committee and media professor at Dongseo […]

Transporter drives Lagardère Active

The delivery of new shows – notably, season two of Transporter: The Series – helped boost Lagardère Active’s performance in the fourth quarter. The TV division of France-based Lagardère’s media arm turned in a 9.9% uptick in revenues over the course of the year, thanks in part to the Transporter film series spin-off. Overall, Lagardère […]

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 […]

France: kids TV at a crossroads

With the Annecy animation festival beginning today, Pascale Paoli-Lebailly hears from leading players about the wave of changes that have befallen the French toon industry in the past year. The French animation industry is renowned for its creative output in both TV and the cinema. The sector – which can in part thank production quotas, […]

Fall in TV production impacts Lagardère’s numbers

A sharp drop in TV production pushed down revenues for Lagardère Active, French conglomerate Lagardère’s media arm, in the fourth quarter of last year, which also saw declines in sales across the breadth of its activities. TV production fell by 23.4% in the quarter. The company said that the year was atypical, with most production […]

James Ross’ Lightning hires distribution director

Lightning International has recruited Julien Dutronc as director of TV distribution Lightning is the Hong Kong-based channels and programme distributor run by former ITV Studios and Bloomberg executive James Ross. The company distributes channels and content into Asia from partners including Lagardere and Trace. Dutronc joins the company from TV5 Monde where he managed channel […]

Vivendi pays $1.4bn for Lagardère’s Canal+ stake

French media company Lagardère Group has sold its 20% stake in Canal+ to Vivendi for €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) in cash. Lagardère and Vivendi said in a joint statement that the agreement “puts an end to all disputes between the two groups.” They added that the Lagardère and Canal+ Groups will continue to cooperate on […]

French broadcasters buy Pac-Man

Allen Bohbot’s 41 Entertainment has sealed free and pay TV deals for its Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures series in France. Free-to-air digital kids channel Gulli has picked up the free TV rights to the 39x22mins series. Its pay TV counterpart Canal J has taken pay rights. Both channels are part of the Lagardère group. […]

VRT-Ketnet buys trio of kids’ shows

Belgian children’s channel VRT-Ketnet has acquired three series from Canadian content distributor DHX Media. The deal comprises new 52x11mins series SheZow, seasons one and two of CBC’s Monster Math Show and the 40x15mins season one of Martha Speaks. SheZow (left), which follows the life of a superhero boy, recently sold to Lagardere-owned Canal J in […]