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Vivendi Revenue Rises on Growth at Havas, Canal+

French media and telecommunications conglomerate Vivendi reported higher first-half revenue and earnings on Thursday, driven by gains at advertising giant Havas, but also pay TV unit Canal+ Group. Revenue for the first six months of 2022 reached €4.87 billion ($4.94 billion), up 10.9 percent, or 5.4 percent on an organic basis, which focuses on constant currencies […]

World Premieres of HBO, Sky, Epix Series in 2022 Series Mania

Series Mania, Europe’s most prestigious television festival, on Thursday unveiled the nine series of its 2022 competition line-up. HBO’s We Own This City; Michael Hirst’s Western drama Billy the Kid, produced for Epix, MGM and Viaplay; the Sky/HBO/OCS series The Baby; the Channel 4 drama The Birth of Daniel F. Harris; Fire Dance from Israeli […]

Paramount+ to Launch in France With Canal+ Partnership

ViacomCBS will launch its Paramount+ streaming service in France late this year as part of a long-term strategic partnership with Vivendi’s Canal+ Group, which the two companies unveiled on Tuesday. The deal with the big pay TV provider, set to kick in this December, will give subscribers of the Canal+ Cine Séries package — which […]

Gilles Meunier, Former TF1 and Canal Plus Executive, Dies at 70

Gilles Meunier, an international television distribution and programming executive who worked for 20th Century Fox, TF1 and Canal Plus, has died. He was 70. Meunier died Jan. 7 in Palm Beach, Florida, after a short illness, his family announced. A native of Paris, the charismatic Meunier was a fixture at film/TV festivals and markets, including […]

‘The Eddy’ Producer Olivier Bibas Named Head of Originals at France’s Canal+

Veteran French producer Olivier Bibas will be the next head of originals at Canal+, taking over responsibility for both drama and international co-productions at the Vivendi-owned French pay-TV giant. He replaces Canal+ drama head Fabrice de la Patellière, who is shifting to a production role at Canal+ subsidiary StudioCanal. Patellière launched the Canal+ originals division, […]

European Networks Join Swedish ‘Threesome’

Three of Europe’s TV powerhouses — Channel 4 in the U.K., Germany’s RTL and Canal+ in France — have gotten into bed with Sweden’s Threesome. The networks have picked up rights in their respective territories for the hot new Swedish drama series, which premiered on Nordic Entertainment Group’s Viaplay earlier this year. Channel 4 nabbed […]

Vivendi CEO Wants to “Create a Kind of European Disney”

“I admire Disney,” Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on Tuesday. And he shared that if asked “what I wish Vivendi to become,” his vision was clear: “to create a kind of European Disney-type of company.” Speaking at the Paley Center’s Paley International Council Summit in a session that was live streamed, the head of […]

HBO Max Names Canal+ Executive Head of French Originals

Vera Peltekian, an executive at France’s Vivendi-owned Canal+ who has worked on such local-language hits as Spiral and The Returned, will join WarnerMedia’s HBO Max as its new head of original television production for France. Antony Root, head of original production for WarnerMedia EMEA, made the announcement on Tuesday. Peltekian, who will join the company […]

First-Look Images of Matthias Schoenaerts, Noomi Rapace in Sky, Canal+ Western ‘Django’

First-look images from Django, the “high-concept reimagining” of the classic Spaghetti Western for European TV giants Sky Studios and Canal+, give a peek into the 10-episode TV series and show Matthias Schoenaerts (The Danish Girl), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and their fellow cast members in action. Sky Studios released the images Friday as production continues in […]

Vivendi Wins European Movie Licensing Battle With Paramount

Canal+, the pay-TV arm of French media giant Vivendi, has won its long-running court battle against Paramount Pictures and competition regulators over movie licensing in Europe.

Disney+ Signs Exclusive France Distribution Deal With Canal Plus

Disney+ has signed an exclusive distribution deal with French pay TV giant Canal Plus Group, which will see the unit of Vivendi become the sole distributor of Disney's streaming service in France from its launch March 31, 2020.

Partnership Deals Give Netflix Access to More Than 300M Households, Report Finds

Netflix's strategy of working with, not competing against, major pay-TV operators, is paying off, according to a study published Monday by media research group Ampere Analysis.    The report finds that Netflix has theoretical access to more than 300 million pay-TV households worldwide, almost double the company's current global subscriber base of 158 million, thanks […]