Mediaset Premium

Vivendi-Mediaset rapprochement expected ‘within days’

Vivendi could strike a deal in the next few days to end its legal dispute with Mediaset and forge a new content partnership involving Telecom Italia, according to press reports. According to Agefi-Dow Jones, citing an unnamed source, a three-way agreement involving Mediaset, Telecom Italia and either Vivendi or Canal+ is on the cards. A […]

Mediaset’s share rise on Vivendi deal speculation

Mediaset’s shares rose on Friday as speculation mounted that the Italian’s broadcaster was close to agreeing a truce with Vivendi, ending the pair’s long-running feud over the French media group’s decision to pull out of a deal that would have seen it take over Mediaset’s pay TV arm. Reuters reported that the pair were in […]

Mediaset sees recovery in sight despite dip in revenues

Mediaset expects revenues from its struggling pay TV arm, Mediaset Premium, to total €600 million for the full year, chief financial officer Marco Giordani told analysts after the group’s first-half results were released this week. Giordani reportedly said that Mediaset had not been approached by Vivendi, with which it is engaged in a long-running legal […]

Mediaset names ex-AC Milan chief as Premium president

Mediaset has named former AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani as the new president of its struggling pay TV arm, Mediaset Premium. Galliani, who joins managing director Marco Leonardi at the head of the pay TV outfit, led AC Milan for over 30 years, leaving in April this year following the sale of the football club […]

Mediaset to strengthen on-demand offering, foresees Premium progress

Mediaset is to strengthen its on-demand offering, Mediaset Play with new content and will launch targeted advertising this year. Mediaset has also said that it expects its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, to continue to lose subscribers and revenues this year, but that margins will improve as the platform shifts towards an on-demand offering. Mediaset […]

Mediaset battle with Vivendi intensifies

Mediaset will continue to battle Vivendi in the courts and will do everything possible to return its Premium pay TV service to profitability, according to Fedele Confalonieri, the company’s chairman. Confalonieri told the Italian media group’s annual shareholders meeting that Mediaset had opened up a new front its legal war with the French group, accusing […]

Mediaset acquires Telefónica stake in pay TV unit

Mediaset has acquired the 11.1% stake in its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, that was owned by Spanish telco Telefónica, giving it 100% control of the operation. Mediaset did not disclose financial details of the deal, According to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source, Telefónica is in line to receive part of the damages […]

New chief for Mediaset Premium

Mediaset has named Marco Leonardi as the new CEO of its struggling pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium. Leonardi, who is currently head of acquisition and sales rights at Mediaset, will replace Franco Ricci, who has decided to pursue new professional opportunities outside the group. Mediaset said the appointment was to be seen as part of […]

Vivendi reportedly looking to reopen Mediaset talks

Vivendi could be willing to restart negotiations with Mediaset on condition that the Italian broadcaster drops its legal action against the French media giant, according to a French press report. According to financial daily Les Echos, citing unnamed sources, the basis for any discussion has yet to be fully determined, but would likely focus on […]

Closing Premium would be ‘worst option’ for Mediaset

Closing Mediaset Premium would be the worst of the choices on offer to the Italian broadcaster, but the status quo is not an option for Mediaset either, according to a report by financial analysts at Berenberg. Having previously worked on the assumption that a fresh deal between Mediaset and Vivendi would ultimately be agreed, Berenberg is now basing […]