AB Group

Mediawan strikes deal with TF1 to rebrand AB Moteurs as Automoto

French media group Mediawan, owner of AB Group’s channels, has struck a deal with TF1 that will see the pair rebrand motorsport channel AB Moteurs as Automoto. The change, which will take place in time for the post-summer season, will see the channel take the name of TF1’s flagship motorsport show, broadcast on its flagship […]

AB Group targets eSports with Activision Blizzard deal

France’s AB Group has signed an exclusive deal with Activision Blizzard to secure TV rights for French-speaking Europe to the video games outfit’s franchises, which include eSports leaders Call of Duty, Hearthstone and World of Warcraft. The deal will also enable AB Group to launch its own eSports channel with Activision Blizzard content at a […]

Mediawan aiming to be Europe’s ‘leading premium content platform’

Mediawan plans to use its acquisition of AB Group to build “the leading premium content platform in Europe”, combining production and channel distribution, according to Lazard France CEO Matthieu Pigasse, one of the three principals behind the creation of the publicly listed investment outfit. Speaking on a conference call after the AB Group deal was […]

Mediawan to acquire AB Group as first step in Euro-content strategy

Mediawan, the media investment consortium set up by producer Pierre-Antoine Capton, Iliad Telecom founder Xavier Niel and Lazard France chief Matthieu Pigasse, is to acquire French production, channels and distribution player AB Group for €270 million. The investment group, which said that the acquisition would be a “first step towards building a leading independent premium […]

AB Group ‘could be looking at sale’

France’s AB Group could be looking at a sale, with Mediawan, the investment vehicle of Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse and Pierre-Antoine Capton a possible suitor, according to a report in French financial daily Les Echos. According to Les Echos, citing unnamed sources, AB Group could enter talks with a number of possible buyers, including Mediawan. […]

Xtreme Video hires AB Group exec, looks to VR

Extreme sports online video service XTreme Video’s parent company XTremEnterprise has hired French broadcaster AB Group digital and marketing chief Gregg Bywalski as general manager. As marketing, communication, digital and business development director at AB Group, Bywalksi headed the launch of digital channels , launched ad sales house Regis – where he served as general […]

AB Group launches kids channel and SVoD offering

France’s AB Group is to launch a kids educational channel and associated subscription video-on-demand service in February. Mon Science et Vie Junior is being created in partnership with Italian publishing outfit Mondadori and is based on a magazine of the same name, which sells about 170,000 copies a month in France. The service, aimed at […]

AB Group launches Science & Vie channel with Mondadori

France’s AB Group has teamed up with publishing outfit Mondadori Magazines France (MMF) to launch a new factual channel, Science & Vie TV. According to the pair, the partnership will combine MMF’s scientific and editorial expertise with AB Group’s TV channel knowhow. MMF publishes a monthly magazine of the same name that last year celebrated […]

AB International hires digital chief

France-based sales house AB International Distribution has recruited Jeremy Charron as its first digital sales chief. Charron has joined AB from RTL-backed French broadcaster M6 where he was sales manager for the TV channel and its movie distribution offshoot SND. He started at M6 in 2000, moving up to marketing manager in 2004 and then […]

OTT service Jook Video secures deal with Free

AB Group-owned French OTT TV service provider Jook Video has secured a partnership with telecom service provider Iliad Telecom/Free that will see the service made available to Free’s TV customers. Jook Video is now available via the Freebox platform for all Free customers that can receive the IPTV service. The service is available via Freebox […]