Report: Takis Candilis out at Lagardère

Longstanding Lagardère executive Takis Candilis has left the media giant, according to numerous reports out of France. Candilis has been a senior exec at the French company, running its TV division and spearheading much of its recent M&A activity and growth. Last year the French conglomerate rebranded its content division Lagardère Studios as part of a renewed […]

Lagardère to launch Elle Girl

French media group Lagardère is to launch a new female-focused channel, Elle Girl. The entertainment channel will launch on Canal Plus Group’s platform in September, according to Lagardère. The channel, which will leverage the Elle magazine brand owned by Lagardère, will focus on fashion and beauty but will also offer content related to culture and […]

SFR adds five channels to offering

Altice-owned French operator SFR has added five new channels to its ADSL and fibre-based TV offering. SFR is adding three factual channels from Fox Networks Group – National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Voyage – to its factual line-up, bringing shows including Cosmos, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman and Destination Wild to […]

Former Lagardère sales exec to Inverleigh

Graham Smith has been appointed European boss of sports and lifestyle prodco Inverleigh. Smith was director of sales, digital media and production at the sports division of France’s Lagardère until late last year. In his new role at Inverleigh he will be absed in London and run the company’s Europe and Africa-focused sales teams and […]

Lagardère hit by plunging revenue at studio arm

A poor performance by Lagardère’s TV activities contributed to a 10.6% fall in revenues on a like-for-like basis at its Lagardère Active unit for the fourth quarter of 2015. Revenue from TV activities plunged by 24.9% thanks largely to less activity from Lagardère Studios. The same period for the previous year was boosted by the […]

Canal+ hires channels veteran from Lagardère

Canal+ has hired Gérald-Brice Viret as its managing director of channels, recruiting the seasoned exec from rival Lagardère. Viret has run numerous digital channels in France and also headed up the local cross-industry digital terrestrial group as DTT rolled out in the country. He joins Canal+ from Lagardère’s channels unit where he ran nets including […]

Lagardère Active financials hit by lack of Borgia

The third quarter performance of Lagardère Active, the Lagardère Group’s TV and publishing arm, was hit by the impact in 2014 of the third series of Borgia, which impacted unfavourably on the unit’s year-on-year comparison. Lagardère Active posted revenues of €206 million for the quarter, down 0.9% in gross terms and down 10.2% in comparable […]

Wuaki launches kids SVoD in France

Japanese-owned streaming and download service Wuaki is teaming with French media group Lagardère and launching a kids SVoD service in France. It will team with Lagardère kids channel Gulli, using its brand and content for a €3.99 a month SVoD streaming service. Gulli shows such as Pokemon, Power Rangers, Naruto and Littlest Petshop will be […]

Lagardère rebrands TV division

French media giant Lagardère has rebranded its TV and Film division Lagardère Studios. The unit previously operated under the Lagardère Entertainment banner. It said the name change was part of its wider international growth plans, which have seen the company reorganize its content operations into four parts: French TV production, international TV production, format production […]

TV production and channels boost Lagardère Active

TV production and channels helped keep Lagardère’s media arm, Lagardère Active, on an even keel in the first half of the year. TV registered growth of 28.1% for the first half, thanks to a relatively stronger performance from the company’s production arm. Production saw growth of 44.9%, in part due to a weak performance last […]