France’s TF1 & M6 merger on verge of collapse as regulator eyes competition fears

The planned merger of France’s two biggest broadcasters could fall apart, with the French competition authority raising concerns. The merger of M6 and TF1 was announced in mid-2021, with the prospective tie-up looking to create a French media group “with the broadest TV, radio, digital, content production and technology offering to the benefit of all […]

France’s TF1 & Viaplay join Acorn TV drama ‘Cannes Confidential’

French broadcaster TF1 and Viaplay in the Nordics are onboard upcoming six-part drama Cannes Confidential, which has started production. The show, which was commissioned by AMC Networks-owned streamer Acorn TV last year, centers on the relationship between an idealistic, local underdog female cop and an ex-conman who are forced to work together to solve crimes in […]

TF1 & Altice take step toward TFX sale

French broadcaster TF1’s planned sale of its TFX channel to Altice Group has taken a step forwards after employee representative bodies of TF1 delivered their opinion and approved the proposal. Following that approval, TF1 and Altice have signed agreements relating to the sale. Completion of the deal is still subject to obtaining clearance from the […]

Newen’s Ringside Media buys into Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor’s Joi Productions

Newen’s Ringside Media has bought a stake in Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor’s Blue Story outfit, Joi Productions. The deal is the fifth investment for Ringside and sees Wildgaze’s head of development Tom Hawkins joining the prodco. The investment division of Ringside Studios has taken a minority stake in Joi, which focuses on Black, queer and female-led stories. […]

France Télévisions to sell Salto stake if TF1 & M6 merger approved

France Télévisions has announced that it will divest its interest in SVOD service Salto should the merger of TF1 and M6 Group be completed. Announced in May 2021, the merger of TF1 and M6 would combine France’s two leading commercial broadcasters in an effort to create a “French streaming champion”. The deal, which has received […]

France’s TF1 & M6 merger faces in-depth probe into effect on rights, channels & advertising

France’s competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, has decided to open a ‘phase 2’ in-depth probe into the planned merger of commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6. The regulator said that it had decided there was a need for a more in-depth investigation following its initial probe into the views of the parties’ suppliers, competitors […]

France’s TF1 & M6 to sell channels to Altice to secure merger deal approval

France’s TF1 and M6 and Altice Media have begun exclusive negotiations for the sale of two key entertainment channels owned by the broadcasters to Patrick Drahi’s group. TF1 is in talks to sell its TFX channel to Altice if TF1’s merger deal with M6 is approved. The sale will be conditional on approval of the […]

Exclusive: France’s TF1 & Spain’s RTVE share kids content strategy

French broadcaster TF1 and Spanish pubcaster RTVE have shared the impact of digital platforms on their children’s channels, with the latter also revealing its content strategy for the next three years. Speaking on a panel at Cartoon Business in Gran Canaria yesterday, Yago Fandiño Lousa, head of kid’s content at RTVE, home to children’s brand […]

Sweden’s TV4 & Greece’s Alpha TV join ‘The Secret Song’

Sweden’s TV4 and Greece’s Alpha TV have become the latest broadcasters to order local versions of hit French musical format The Secret Song. The show, which was created by DMLSTV for TF1 in France, will be produced by Warner Bros International TV Production Sweden for TV4, with an eight-part first season in the works. It […]

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