Vivendi CEO: ‘no resolution’ in Mediaset stalemate

Attempts to find a resolution to the battle between Vivendi and Mediaset have so far failed, according to the French media giant’s CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, speaking to the Financial Times. Despite press speculation in recent weeks that a new deal was in the offing, there has been no discussion between the pair since July […]

Mediaset acquisitions chief lands Premium job

Mediaset has named Marco Leonardi as the new CEO of its struggling pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium. Leonardi, who is currently head of acquisition and sales rights at Mediaset, will replace Franco Ricci, who has decided to pursue new professional opportunities outside the group. Mediaset said the appointment was to be seen as part of […]

All3Media backs MIPFormats Pitch

Execs from various All3Media international prodcos will judge the MIPFormats International Pitch at this year’s MIPFormats. All3Media International is backing the pitch – having got behind a similar effort at ATF late last year – and Nick Smith, the distributors senior VP, format production, will be on the judging panel. Philipp Schmid,creative director and deputy […]

Mediaset ‘still open to right Vivendi deal’

Mediaset is still open to a deal with France-based Vivendi that “creates value”, but no proposal is currently on the table, according to Pier Silvio Berlusconi. Speaking to Italian journalists in London, where Mediaset presented its investment strategy up to 2020 this week, Berlusconi (pictured) said that the Italian media group had “not received any […]

Major Euro nets pact for MCN investments

France’s TF1 Group and Italy’s Mediaset have bought into ProSiebenSat.1’s Studio71, with the German media group taking a stake in TF1’s Finder Studios, as Europe’s multichannel network market consolidates. In what’s being described as a strategic digital media alliance, TF1 and Mediaset will take stakes of 6.1% and 5.5% respectively in Germany- and US-based MCN […]

Italian regulator to probe Vivendi’s Mediaset move

Italian antitrust watchdog AGCOM has stepped into the battle raging between Vivendi and Mediaset with a notice that it intends to investigate whether Vivendi’s move to acquire over 20% of the Italian broadcaster could be in breach of cross-ownership rules. According to AGCOM, the French media giant’s move could be in breach of a provision […]

Vivendi continues hostile Mediaset stake build

Vivendi is continuing its hostile bid to acquire a significant stake in Mediaset. The French media giant announced yesterday that it had now passed the 20% threshold of ownership in the Italian broadcaster. Industry observers have been taken by surprise by the speed with which Vivendi has upped its stake in Mediaset, and the French […]

Mediaset war intensifies as Vivendi builds stake

The battle between Vivendi and Mediaset has entered a new phase, with Vivendi revealing that it now owns 12.32% of the Italian media group and Mediaset’s owner Fininvest filing a complaint over what it views as “market manipulation” on the part of the French group. Vivendi announced yesterday that it had passed the 5% and […]

Mediaset furious as Vivendi takes ‘stealth’ stake

Mediaset has reacted furiously to what it sees as a hostile takeover attempt by stealth after Vivendi acquired a 3.01% stake in the Italian media group. After acquiring the stake without consulting Mediaset, Vivendi said it intended to continue to acquire the Italian group’s shares “until possibly becoming Mediaset’s second largest industrial shareholder, which, to […]

Mediaset ‘to explore Sky deal’ if Vivendi war ends

Mediaset is in contact with Sky over a possible deal for control of troubled Italian pay TV unit Mediaset Premium, according to a Reuters report. According to Reuters, citing two unnamed sources close to the case, Mediaset and Sky have been in contact over a possible deal in the event of a definitive failure by […]