Lagardère Active acquires online ticketing firm

Lagardère’s media arm Lagardère Active has acquired France’s leading discount online ticketing specialist, which sold 2.2 million discount theatre and event tickets last year, will continue to be led by founders Fabienne and Jean-Marie Rétif. Fabienne Rétif, the company’s deputy CEO, said that the acquisition would enable to target customers via Lagardère […]

Lagardère expected to move ahead with Canal Plus IPO

Lagardère looks set to move forward with plans to float its 20% stake in Canal Plus France, either at the end of this year or the beginning of 2013, according to local reports. The media and industrial conglomerate, which notified Canal Plus of its plans in July, is expected to publish a prospectus based on […]

Gulli follows tablet launch with In ze Boîte app

Lagardère-owned kids channel Gulli has launched a multi-device games application, In ze Boîte, which includes three games for children: Le Memory, Le Quiz des enfants and Le Quiz des familles, enabling player to accumulate points. The games, which can be played solo or in multiplayer mode, will be available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices […]

Lagardère hit by production delays and ad downturn

Lagardère Active, the arm of the French conglomerate responsible for TV, radio and magazines, continued to be hit by adverse conditions in the advertising market in the third quarter. Lagardère Active turned in third quarter revenues of €222 million, down 11.5% on a like-for-like basis, which it attributed to the temporary effect of shifts in […]

Lagardère reportedly re-engaging banks for Canal Plus IPO

Lagardère may be planning to launch an IPO of its stake in Canal Plus soon, according to a report by Reuters. The news agency, citing unnamed sources, said that Lagardère is re-engaging JP Morgan and BNP Paribas to re-launch the process of floating the 20% stake on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange. Lagardère abandoned […]

Lagardère Active launches Europe 1 app with added video

Lagardère Active’s Europe 1 radio station is to include a video service as part of its new app for iPhone and iPad. The app will allow listeners to view 36 hours of new live streaming video each week including Europe 1 Matin, its early morning show with Bruce Toussaint. They will also be able to […]

Gulli launches branded tablet for kids

Lagardère-owned kids channel Gulli has launched a tablet device aimed at the family in partnership with Kurio/KD Interactive. The Android device includes parental control functionality and comes pre-loaded with episodes and clips of programmes on the channel including Beyblade Metal Fury, Monk, Puppy in my pocket and Linus et Boom, as well as giving access […]

Lagardère focused on early exit from Canal Plus

French media and industrial group Lagardère wants to dispose of its stake in Canal Plus and disengage from the pay TV group “as quickly as possible”, according to chief financial officer Dominique D’Hinnin, speaking on a call to mark the company’s first-half results. D’Hinnin said that Lagardère wanted to restart talks with Canal Plus’s management […]

Lagardère appoints head of new documentary unit

French media group Lagardère has appointed Remy Dessarts as head of a new unit creating documentary and magazine programming. Dessarts has a journalistic backround, including as launch editor of monthly title Capital. Takis Candilis, chairman of Lagardère Entertainment, said, “We welcome the arrival of Remy, who will bring to the group extensive experience of informative […]

Lagardère claims top spot

Lagardère has claimed top spot amongst mobile TV applications for its Télé 7 service. The Télé 7 mobile TV application had almost 1.7 million unique users and 11 million visits in June. Lagardère’s celebrity-focused Public service meanwhile counted 640,000 unique users and over 11 million visits in June.