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ProSieben’s Studio71 set for France launch

Multichannel network (MCN) Studio71 is to launch in France in September. The move follows the deal signed in January this year between Studio71’s owner ProSiebenSat.1, leading French broadcaster TF1 and Italy’s Mediaset to collaborate in developing MCNs. TF1 said the French version of Studio71 would lean heavily on the programming inventory of Finder Studios, the […]

Mediaset returns to profit

Mediaset has bounced back into the black in the first quarter following its €294.5 million loss last year, which the company blamed squarely on “the turbulence” caused by French media giant Vivendi reneging on its deal with the Italian broadcaster. Mediaset’s success in clawing its way back to profit is due to its campaign of […]

Mediaset’s Stewart joins Sony in Italy expansion

Long-serving Mediaset buyer Zelda Stewart is to lead Sony Pictures Television’s Italian sales efforts. Stewart has been named VP of distribution, Italy, at the Hollywood studio’s international operation. She will be based in Milan, where SPT already has one office and is planning a second that will open its doors over the summer. Her appointment […]

Vivendi to fight Italian setback

Vivendi has said it will take “any appropriate legal action” – including a possible complaint to the European Commission – after watchdogs ruled that it must divest a yet-to-be-specified part of its stake either in Mediaset or in Telecom Italia to conform to the country’s media concentration rules. Italian regulator AGCOM ruled yesterday that Vivendi […]

Vivendi eyes US Studio+ launch this year

Vivendi aims to take its mobile content platform Studio+ to the US this year and is in talks with three telecom operators about launching it, according to Vivendi Content chairman Dominique Delport. “We would love to be in the key markets in the US this year, and we are in discussions with three of the […]

Canal+’s Pujol promoted to C8 programme chief

France’s Canal+ has put Vincent Pujol in charge of free-to-air channel C8. Pujol is promoted from head of scheduling at C8 and another digital free TV network, CStar, to programme director. He will report to Franck Appietto, who became managing director of C8 a year ago as part of a restructuring that handed in control […]

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 […]