Vivendi


Gov’t set to test Vivendi’s grip on Telecom Italia

Italian government officials are reportedly moving forwards with the process of determining whether Vivendi exercises a controlling influence over Telecom Italia (TIM). The moves represent a further ratcheting up of pressure on the French media group, which has resolutely rejected claims that it now “controls” TIM. According to Italian press reports, the government could determine […]

Mediaset-Telecom deal ‘desirable’ – Italy official

An agreement between Mediaset and Telecom Italia (TIM) to combine the former’s content with the latter’s distribution network and customer base is “desirable” provided Italy retains influence over development, according a leading government official. Interviewed by La Stampa newspaper, the country’s undersecretary of state for telecommunications, Antonello Giacomelli, said that “an industrial agreement” between the […]

Vivendi ‘set to launch’ Italian version of Canal+

Locked in an epic legal battle with its original preferred partner in the Italian market, Vivendi is set to launch a parallel TV initiative in partnership with Telecom Italia (TIM), according to French financial daily Les Echos. The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims Vivendi has decided to launch a premium channel, named Canale+, with […]

Havas prodco Save Ferris returns to independence

French prodco Save Ferris Production has returned to independence after five years operating within advertising giant Havas Media. Save Ferris – a reference to US movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – has been 51% owned by Havas since 2012, having been founded by Jean-Charles Felli and Christophe Tomas in 2000. Financial terms of the agreement that […]

Vivendi units team up with Red Bull production outfit

Vivendi’s production arm Studiocanal and sister company Universal Music Group has formed a co-development partnership with Red Bull-owned Terra Mater Film Studios (The Ivory Game, Mindgamers) as the first step in a global initiative by Vivendi and Red Bull to maximise the value of their combined assets. Projects developed from the deal, which was announced […]

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 blames Vivendi for losses

Mediaset chief executive Pier Silvio Berlusconi has blamed the collapse of the Italian broadcaster’s pay TV deal with Vivendi for its record €294.5 million (US$316.6 million) loss last year. Speaking to journalists in Italy, Berlusconi said that if Vivendi had honoured its side of the deal to take control of Mediaset Premium, the company would […]

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 […]

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 […]