Mediaset struggles in Italy, Spain picks up

Mediaset’s Spanish unit lifted the media giant’s financials for 2014 against the background of continued challenges in the Italian market, according to Mediaset’s preliminary results. Mediaset posted net revenues of €3.41 billion (US$3.45 billion) for the full year, marginally down on the 2013 figure. Revenues in Italy fell from €2.59 billion to €2.48 billion, while […]

Berlusconi’s Fininvest offloads chunk of Mediaset

Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset’s shares dropped sharply in value at the end of last week on news that Silvio Berlusconi’s Fininvest holding vehicle had sold a 7.79% stake in the operation, taking Fininvest’s interest down to 33.4%. Mediaset’s shares were trading this morning at around €3.86-3.88 (US$4.41-4.43) after suffering a further fall, taking the stock […]

Telefónica completes Mediaset Premium deal

Telefónica has completed its acquisition of a stake in Mediaset’s Italian pay TV arm, Mediaset Premium, and has named Luis Velo Puig-Durán as its board representative. The closure of the deal follows an agreement between the pair in July that saw Spain-based telco Telefónica also agree to acquire Mediaset’s stake in Spanish pay TV operator Digital+. While […]

Zodiak takes Stand Up For Your Country

UK-based producer and distributor Zodiak has optioned Mexican-originated format Stand Up For Your Country across a swathe of territories. Zodiak has taken rights for the for US, UK, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, from format creator and Spanish-language giant Televisa. The show launched internationally at MIPCOM last month having been […]

Mediaset to spin-off premium pay arm

Mediaset is to spin off its premium pay TV arm into a new company on December 1, following its sale of a stake in the venture to Telefónica. Telefónica is expected to close its acquisition of an 11.11% stake in the venture before the end of this month, leaving the remaining 88.89% in the hands […]

Buyers Briefing: Andrea Scrosati, Sky Italia

Name: Andrea Scrosati Title: Executive VP,  programming, news and partner channels, Sky Italia. As the Italian business prepares to become part of Sky Europe, Sky Italia’s Andrea Scrosati talks to TBI about its programming strategy, increased investment in original drama and entertainment, and what’s coming up at the Italian pay TV platform.   How was MIPCOM […]

Mediaset distances itself from Fede scandal

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has moved to distance itself from an emerging scandal surrounding Emilio Fede, the former head of the broadcaster’s news service TG4. According to La Stampa newspaper, Fede is being investigated for allegedly being in possession of compromising photos – which may have been a photomontage – of Mediaset’s head of information, Mauro […]

Mediaset channel goes global online

Mediaset-owned Italian international channel Mediaset Italia is available as an online service from today. Mediaset Italia Online will be available globally for viewing computers, tablets or smartphones, offering a mix of lives sports events, content from news service TG5, series, movies and entertainment shows. The service is available for a subscription that varies from territory […]

EC leaves Canal+ call to local watchdog

The European Commission is to leave a decision on the acquisition of Canal+ España by Telefónica to Spanish competition watchdog the CMNC. The development comes as the CEO of Vodafone Spain warned of the risk of Telefónica gaining a dominant position in the pay TV market in the country through the deal. The CNMC’s chairman […]

Analysis: Telefonica’s TV content carrot

Spanish telecoms company and former Endemol owner Telefonica is embroiled in a fight to acquire the Brazilian telco arm of France’s Vivendi, and a mysterious TV content deal could see it land a knockout blow to rival Telecom Italia, writes Jesse Whittock. Telecoms companies are increasing understanding the value strong programming and content can have […]