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Vivendi and Mediaset fail to strike deal in proposed share sell-off

European media giants Vivendi and Mediaset failed to strike a deal on Friday that could have seen the French firm sell the stake in the Italian broadcaster that it holds indirectly through a trust arrangement. After more than a week of speculation that the pair were close to an agreement, Mediaset confirmed that “despite strenuous […]

Vivendi looks to sell Mediaset stake but deal remains uncertain

Vivendi and Mediaset are reported to be closing in on an agreement that could see the French media giant sell part of its stake in Mediaset, though uncertainty remains over whether a deal will be struck. Reuters reported yesterday that the two sides were close to a deal that would see Vivendi sell the 19.19% […]

Mediaset increases ProSiebenSat.1 stake as part of “free TV” plans

Mediaset has increased its stake in ProSiebenSat.1 as a part of its aspirations to create a pan-European media group. The Silvio Berlusconi-controlled company now holds a 15.1% stake in the German broadcaster, following the acquisition of a further 5.5% stake in the media group. The purchase, completed via Mediaset’s Spanish unit Mediaset Espana, was worth […]

Netflix order Big Mouth spin-off, strikes Mediaset deal

Netflix has ordered a workplace comedy spun off from its popular animation Big Mouth and agreed a production deal with Mediaset in Italy. Human Resources will be set in the same world as Big Mouth, which explores puberty and follows a group of friends as they navigate their adolescence and sexuality. The new show, like […]

Wattpad strikes Mediaset agreement

Web-based storytelling platform Wattpad has struck its latest partnership, this time agreeing a first-look deal with Italian broadcaster Mediaset. The arrangement will see Mediaset develop and coproduce TV shows from the community of writers on Wattpad, with the partnership marking the latter’s first Italian-language deal. Wattpad, which claims to have millions of users in Italy, […]

Mediaset to sell pay-TV service to Sky

Mediaset is moving towards a sale of its pay-TV unit Mediaset Premium to Sky before the end of this year, according to CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi, who has also said that the media group is working towards a broader pan-European alliance or combination. Speaking to Italian press at the launch of the new season of […]

Sky reports 10% earnings increase

Sky reported a 10% increase in earnings for the nine months to March 31, despite what CEO Jeremy Darroch (left) described as a “challenging consumer environment”. Announcing results for the first nine months of its financial year, Sky said that earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) came to £1.7 billion – up 10% […]

Bolloré steps down in Canal+ management changeover

French pay TV operator Canal+ has named current CEO Maxime Saada as president of its directorate, replacing Jean-Christophe Thiery, who is in turn to replace Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré as chairman of the supervisory council. Bolloré took the reins at Canal+ after the departure of Bertrand Méheut in 2015, after Vivendi took full control of […]

Vivendi-Mediaset rapprochement expected ‘within days’

Vivendi could strike a deal in the next few days to end its legal dispute with Mediaset and forge a new content partnership involving Telecom Italia, according to press reports. According to Agefi-Dow Jones, citing an unnamed source, a three-way agreement involving Mediaset, Telecom Italia and either Vivendi or Canal+ is on the cards. A […]

Vivendi keeps its cool as police raid Paris offices

Vivendi has maintained that it will find a way out of its current impasse with Mediaset after police raided its Paris offices yesterday following a request by Italy. French police accompanied by representatives of Italy’s financial police, the Guardia di Finanza, searched Vivendi’s HQ in Paris for evidence pertaining to the Milan-based investigation into possible […]

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