Broadcasters


Vivendi brings focus to legal battle with Mediaset

Following its Spanish court victory at the end of last week, Vivendi this week followed up by withdrawing the complaint it filed against Mediaset in the Netherlands and concentrate on its other legal moves against the Italian broadcaster. The Spanish ruling effectively put Mediaset’s plans to create a new Dutch-based holding company on ice. Vivendi, […]

Red Arrow sale could enable ProSiebenSat.1 to ‘double down’ on German market

ProSiebenSat.1’s strategic review and potential sale of production outfit Red Arrow is an expression of the company’s focus on “doubling down on the German footprint” and building an intellectual property portfolio that reflects that, according to CEO Max Conze. “it is important to have more German production,” Conze told MIPCOM attendees. “We are actively looking […]

New Zealand Rugby agrees “revolutionary broadcast agreement” to become 5% stakeholder in Sky New Zealand 

Sky New Zealand has announced a “revolutionary broadcast agreement” with New Zealand Rugby (NZR). The five-year agreement includes the rights to broadcast rugby in the country from 2021-25, a record investment in New Zealand and SANZAAR rugby along with New Zealand Rugby becoming a 5% shareholder in Sky. Rights-wise, all Investec Rugby Championship, Steinlager Series, […]

Conze: ‘one step at a time’ for Joyn but international launch planned

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery, the partners behind German streaming JV Joyn, “definitely will” launch the platform outside Germany – but not yet, according to ProSiebenSat.1 CEO Max Conze. Speaking at MIPCOM, Conze said that the pair are “very focused on going one step at a time” to develop Joyn, starting with a free-to-view advertising-supported layer as […]

Are sports rights really heading for disaster?

Despite BeIN Media Group CEO Yousef Al-Obaidly’s explosive comments that the “media rights bubble is about to burst for sports” and that the industry is “sleep-walking towards a financial cliff”, broadcasters are showing no signs of slowing down in their pursuit of exclusivity deals. The CEO, speaking at a Leaders in Sport Event, said that […]

Vivendi secures Spanish court victory in battle with Mediaset

Vivendi has secured a victory in its battle to stop Mediaset’s plan to create a new Europe-wide holding company merging the Italian broadcaster with Mediaset España, with a Spanish court making a preliminary ruling suspending the process. The commercial court in Madrid has suspended the decisions taken at the Mediaset España extraordinary shareholders’ meeting on […]

BBC defends over-75s licence fee plans following damning DCMS committee report

The BBC has responded to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee report into the PSB’s decision to cut free TV licences for over-75s, backing its new ruling.  The report said that the body was “disappointed with the BBC’s decision not to continue free licences for the over-75s.” As quoted by a […]

Lionsgate ‘mulling Starz spin-off’ to reduce debt

Lionsgate is mulling spinning off premium cable offering Starz into a separate company as it looks to reduce its debt load.  According to The Wall Street Journal, a spin-off is among a number of options the studio is considering for the Outlander and American Gods channel, which it purchased for US$4.4 billion in 2016. Others include putting Starz up for […]

Serie A opens US office in pursuit of expansion

Italian football league Serie A has opened an office in the US in an effort to improve its search for media opportunities in the country.  It also marks the league’s first international expansion. It was confirmed by Serie A managing director Luigi De Siervo who, speaking to RadioSOI Sport, said that the move would broaden […]

Mediaset completes withdrawal rights count

Mediaset has completed the count of shareholders intending to exercise withdrawal rights ahead of its planned merger with Mediaset España and creating of a new Dutch-registered holding company, MediaForEurope (MFE). Mediset said that withdrawal rights had been exercised for 492,691 shares, or 0.0417% of the total outstanding sharehs in the omcpany, meanting that the shares […]

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