France


Vincent Bolloré hands Vivendi reins over to his son

Vincent Bolloré is stepping down as Vivendi chairman and handing over the reins to his son Yannick. Vivendi’s supervisory board unanimously voted Yannick Bolloré as the new group chairman following the company’s shareholder meeting. Vincent Bolloré, who is 67, had earlier stepped down as Canal+ Group chairman in favour of Jean-Christophe Thiery, triggering a senior […]

Netflix unveils raft of European originals

Netflix is set to launch a new string of European originals including a Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) football drama and its first Dutch original. The Fellowes drama will see Netflix and London and LA-based prodco 42 look at football from a class perspective, featuring both Etonians and factory workers alike. For its first Dutch series, […]

Bouygues plays down speculation on report of possible Altice France move

French construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has played down a press report that it in talks to acquire Altice France/SFR in a move that would reduce the number of major telecom operators in France from four to three. Bloomberg reported that Bouygues was considering a bid for Altice’s French unit with other investors, citing unnamed sources. According […]

French viewers turning to online and catch-up TV

Some 9.5 million French viewers now watch online or catch-up TV daily, according to the latest study of audience habits by ratings agency Médiamétrie. The 9.5 million figure includes viewers using catch-up services on the main TV screen. According to Médiamétrie, 4.4 million French viewers aged four and above – or 7.3% of the population […]

Kagan: Amazon Prime leads Netflix in Germany and Austria

Amazon Prime Video is the leading SVOD provider in Germany and Austria, the only markets in Western Europe where Netflix is not ranked first by subscriber numbers, according to Kagan research. The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group found both Germany and Austria to have have low over-the-top video adoption than elsewhere in Europe and […]

TF1 takes 100% control of Newen, names new CEO

French commercial broadcaster TF1 Group is acquiring the 30% in production outfit Newen Studios that it does not already own, giving it 100% control of the company. The acquisition will see deputy CEO and content chief Bibiane Godfroid take over as CEO of the group and Romain Bessi will become deputy CEO. Before joining Newen, […]

eSports interest exploding in France

Some 3.8 million French online users have watched or attended a live eSports event, according to a study by audience research group Médiamétrie. Sports games are the top-rated games favoured by eSports enthusiasts, with 43% placing these at the top of their list of preferences. First-person shooter games came second, favoured by 34%, followed by […]

M6 breaks new ground in distribution deal with Free

French broadcaster M6 Group has struck a distribution agreement with IPTV operator Free/Iliad Telecom to secure distribution of its channels and associated services on the Free platform. The agreement covers the main M6 channel along with digital channels W9, 6ter, Paris Première, téva, M6 Music et Girondins TV and associated non-linear services. M6 will also […]

KPN launches new TV app as content portability kicks in

Dutch telco KPN has launched a new interactive TV app with a new design and added functionality. The launch of the new app also comes as the EU mandates content portability for paid-for TV services, enabling subscribers to view the services they pay for while travelling temporarily abroad within the EU. The new KPN app […]

Netflix reportedly in talks to acquire Luc Besson studio

Netflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, a deal could be announced in a few weeks. EuropaCorp is responsible for Besson movies including Lucy and Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets. EuropaCorp’s Paris-listed shares […]

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