Mediaset España shareholders approve absorption into MFE

Mediaset España’s shareholders today approved the company’s absorption by MediaForEurope (MFE), the Dutch-based holding company that owns Mediaset in Italy and the company’s stake in the Spanish broadcaster. The move marks the start of a decisive phase in the Berlusconi family’s long-held ambition to create a pan-European broadcast organisation, with the disappearance of Mediaset España […]

MFE to merge Mediaset Italian and Spanish operations

MediaForEurope (MFE), the Netherlands-based holding company formerly known as Mediaset, is to go ahead with the merger of its Italian and Spanish operations. Following last year’s tender offer for Mediaset España shares, which resulted in MFE securing about 83% of the Spanish broadcaster’s stock, MFE said it would go ahead with its plan to combine […]

Mediaset claims overall majority share of online viewing

Mediaset has claimed a majority share of all Italian online video viewing among broadcasters in 2022. Citing Auditel data, Mediaset said it recorded a 50.3% share over the year, with over 7.5 billion views. The group said that the total of all rival services – Rai, Sky, La7 and Warner Bros. Discovery – came to […]

Mediaset acquires Zelig

MediaForEurope’s Italian arm, Mediaset, has acquired well-known Italian entertainment brand Zelig following a long collaborative history between the pair, focused on an eponymous show on Mediaset’s Canale 5. Under the agreement, Mediaset will become the owner of the Zelig brand and all rights to exploit the latter’s archive, TV shows and websites. Zelig founders Gino […]

Mediaset España outlines succession plan for Vasile

Following the departure of CEO Paolo Vasile at the end of the year, broadcaster Mediaset España will divide his responsibilities, with Mediaset Italia’s current director-general of RTI, Alessandro Salem, taking the role of overall CEO. In addition to Salem, who has also previously headed up Mediaset advertising arms Publtalia ’80 in Italy and Pubilespaña in […]

MFE ups ProSiebenSat.1 stake close to mandatory buyout threshold

MediaForEurope (MFE), the Dutch-based holding group of Italy’s Mediaset and its stake in Mediaset España, has upped its stake in German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 by a further 4%, taking its total to 29%, with 29.9% of the voting rights. The move means that MFE’s stake in ProSiebenSat.1 is now just below the 30% threshold that would […]

ProSiebenSat.1 ‘may be more tempted’ by MFE plan as it downgrades guidance

ProSiebenSat.1 could be tempted to look again at MediaForEurope’s proposals for the creation of a pan-European broadcast group after downgrading its guidance for the full year on weaker-than-expected advertising revenue, according to analysts from Berenberg. According to the analysts, ProSiebenSat.1’s appointment of a new CEO, Bert Habets, who will replace former CEO Rainer Beaujean as […]

MFE denies Spain CEO ‘dismissal’ rumours

MediaForEurope has denied what it describes as “rumours” in the Spanish press that it forced the departure of Mediaset España CEO Paolo Vasile after the latter confirmed he would leave the company later this month. “With regard to rumours appeared today on the main Spanish press websites, MFE declares that there is no dismissal of […]

MFE sees revenues edge up and profits fall as outlook darkens

MediaForEurope (MFE), the media outfit that owns Mediaset’s Italian and Spanish operations, saw its revenue increase slightly in the first half despite a gathering economic storm fuelled by inflation, rising energy costs and the war in Ukraine thanks to a solid performance in Italy. MFE’s revenues for the first half amounted to €1.388 billion, up […]

MFE names NBCU veteran to oversee German expansion

MediaForEurope (MFE), the pan-European group formerly known as Mediaset, has announced the hire of a former NBCUniversal exec to oversee its growing business in Germany. Katharina Behrends will join as general manager for DACH on October 1. She will be responsible for overseeing MFE’s corporate engagement and activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and will […]

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