Pier Silvio Berlusconi

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 […]

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 […]

Mediaset to strengthen on-demand offering

Mediaset is to strengthen its on-demand offering, Mediaset Play, with new content and will launch targeted advertising this year. Mediaset has also said that it expects its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, to continue to lose subscribers and revenues this year, but that margins will improve as the platform shifts towards an on-demand offering. Mediaset […]

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 CEO sentenced to prison

An Italian court has sentenced Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi (pictured) and chairman Fedele Confalonieri each to one year and two months in prison for tax fraud after overturning an earlier court decision that saw the pair acquitted on the same charges. The Milan Court of Appeal acquitted US producer and Berlusconi associate Frank Agrama […]

Mediaset tipped to sell pay TV to Vivendi

Italy’s Mediaset is close to striking a deal to sell its pay TV operation to Vivendi, according to a report by Reuters. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi and Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré are personally leading the talks, with Berlusconi committed to securing an agreement Vivendi is seeking to […]

Mediaset financing content projects after Pope film

Mediaset plans to finance a raft of content projects in Italy with international distribution in mind following its US$15 million investment in Chiamatemi Francesco, a biopic of Pope Francis. Mediaset content chief Alessandro Salem said that the film would be “the first in a series of new projects produced in Italy and conceived for wide-scale […]

Mediaset makes Pier Silvio Berlusconi CEO

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has upped vice-president Pier Silvio Berlusconi to the role of CEO, replacing Guiliano Adreani, who remains president of advertising arm Publitalia. Berlusconi, the son of disgraced former prime minister and Mediaset founder Silvio, also retains his role as VP of the company. Adreani will continue to act as an adviser to Berlusconi, […]

Telefónica takes Mediaset stake

Mediaset has agreed to sell an 11.11% stake in its Italian pay TV unit to Telefónica. This is part of a wider agreement that will also see the Italian media giant sell its 22% in Spanish pay TV operator Canal+ to the Spanish telecom leader. Telefónica has agreed to invest €100 million (US$136 million) in […]

Mediaset cries foul in tax fraud case

Italy’s Mediaset has said it is ‘shocked’ at the latest developments in the investigation into alleged wrongdoing relating to the acquisition of content. Italian prosecutors in the Mediatrade case – which has already seen the conviction of former prime minister and Mediaset owner Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud relating to the acquisition of content at […]