Canal+ subs up but profit slides

Additions from Africa and Vietnam gave a boost to Canal+ Group’s overall subscriber base in the year to March, but group earnings fell sharply. The pay TV operator reported annual growth of 285,000 subscriptions in the 12 months to March 31, 2013, which it attributed in large part to good performances from CanalPlus Overseas territories, […]

Lagardere boss moots Canal Plus acquisition

Lagardère boss Arnaud Lagardère has said he could be prepared to buy the 80% of Canal Plus in France held by Vivendi if the latter “lacks optimism about the future” of the pay TV group. In an interview with Le Monde ahead of his company’s annual general meeting today, Lagardère said he was ready to […]

France’s new wave

With shortform content, event TV and international copros, a new wave of French producers are keeping TV as a core business but experimenting with digital and new collaborative models, reports Pascale Paoli-Lebailly. Last year, the French TV market found a new Eldorado. Besides scripted reality concepts, which flourished on both private and public TV networks, […]

Viacom cuts content deals with French broadcasters

Viacom international Media Networks has cut a raft of programming deals with French channels in the wake of MIPTV. It has licensed SpongeBob SquarePants, the SpongeBob Christmas special and season seven of Dora the Explorer to TF1. France’s largest commercial broadcaster has also acquired the second season of Kung Fu Panda and renewed deals for […]

Vivendi and Lagardère square up in €1.6b legal battle

Lagardère and Vivendi are engaged in a bitter legal dispute over claims that the latter is deliberately attempting to diminish the value of Canal+ France in order to force Lagardère to abandon plans to float its 20% in the pay TV operator. Lagardère has filed a suit with the Paris Tribunal de Commerce in an […]

France Télévisions’ Pflimlin calls for review of ad rules

France Télévisions president Rémy Pflimlin has called for a fresh look at the rules governing advertising on the public broadcaster’s channels, but stopped short of calling for an overturning of the ban on advertising in primetime instituted by the previous French government. In an interview with financial daily Les Echos, Pflimlin said the subject should […]

Pflimlin outlines goals for French pubcaster

New digital offerings for kids and a strengthening of France 3’s regional remit are among the priorities outlined by France Télévisions director-general Rémy Pflimlin for the second half of his term in the post. In a message to staff, Pflimlin said that the French public broadcaster faced a number of key challenges for the year […]

Lagardère hit by production delays and ad downturn

Lagardère Active, the arm of the French conglomerate responsible for TV, radio and magazines, continued to be hit by adverse conditions in the advertising market in the third quarter. Lagardère Active turned in third quarter revenues of €222 million, down 11.5% on a like-for-like basis, which it attributed to the temporary effect of shifts in […]

Konami’s 4K Media sells Yu-Gi-Oh! to France, Italy

Video game company Konami’s TV distribution and brand management unit 4KMedia has sold the latest installment of anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! into France and Italy, following  MIPCOM and MIPJunior. 4K manages the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime brand outside Asia and former 4Kids executive Brian Lacey is part of the company. In France 4K has shopped the latest 49-episode […]

Lagardère rebrands Europe Images

French conglomerate Lagardère has rebranded its international distribution arm Europe Images to Lagardère Entertainment Rights (LE Rights). Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, managing director of the distribution arm, told TBI that one of the goals of the rebrand is to extend its sales presence out of Europe and close more global deals. “Because it’s part of the group, […]