Nicolas de Tavernost


French regulators give broadcasters’ joint SVOD the greenlight

French regulators have cleared Salto – also referred to as the ‘French Netflix’ – to begin operations, with an eye on launching early next year. The long-anticipated SVOD service from commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6 and public broadcaster France Télévisions today (12 August) received the greenlight from the country’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la […]

Netflix’s Sarandos, Amazon’s Brown set for Series Mania

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos and Amazon Studios’ European originals boss Georgia Brown are heading to Series Mania as part of the French festival’s ‘Lille Transatlantic Dialogues’ programme. The day-long 27 March event is billed as a bilateral summit between the European Union and the US, uniting political decision makers with leading industry execs […]

M6 brings new services to distribution deal with Altice

French commercial broadcaster M6 has struck a distribution deal with SFR that closely mirrors the agreement between the Altice-owned service provider and TF1 struck late last year. Under the terms of the deal between the RTL Group-owned broadcaster and the service provider, SFR will carry generalist channels M6, W9 and 6ter and thematic channels Paris […]

M6 groups broadcasting assets after RTL deal

M6 Group is to acquire the French radio assets of RTL Group as part of a move by the pan-European broadcast giant to pool its French broadcasting activities in one company. RTL is M6 Group’s principal shareholder, with a 48.26% stake. Under the terms of the deal, M6 plans to acquire 100% ownership of RTL […]

Canal+ makes competition complaint against TF1

Vivendi-owned Canal+ has filed a complaint against commercial broadcaster TF1 with the French competition authority, alleging that the latter has abused its dominant position in the country’s TV advertising market, according to local reports. According to business news service BFM TV, the pay TV channel operator has based its complaint on the fact that TF1 […]

MIPTV News: Six execs to get the first-ever MIP Medal of Honour

The organisers of MIPTV have announced the first-ever roster of executives to get the MIPTV Médaille d’Honneur. Execs from Beta Film, CBS, Sony, M6 and BSkyB are among the recipients of the honour, which is being given to coincide with the 50th anniversary of MIPTV. The winners include Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS […]

M6 open to SVOD partnership with TF1

French commercial broadcaster M6 is open to the idea of a subscription video-on-demand partnership with rival broadcaster TF1, according to the company’s president, Nicolas de Tavernost. In an interview with financial daily Les Echos, De Tavernost also said M6 should successfully grow its advertising revenue this year to better reflect its audience share. Following comments […]