Pluto TV France strikes deal with Mediawan, adds 10 channels

ViacomCBS-owned AVOD service Pluto TV is to add 10 new channels to its French offering, with 1,000 hours of programming and 150 movies from media company Mediawan’s catalogue. The new channels will add to Pluto TV’s existing French offering of over 45 channels. The service has set an objective of offering 100 channels by the […]

Mediawan to buy Lagardere Studios for $112m as part of European expansion

French media group Mediawan has revealed a plan to acquire a raft of content firms across Europe by striking a deal to buy Lagardere Studios for around €100m ($112m) and taking a minority stake in fast-growing German firm Leonine. Mediawan, which appointed Endemol Shine France’s former chief operating officer Delphine Cazaux as COO in January, […]

Mediawan boosted by production but channels business stays flat

French production and distribution outfit and channels operator Mediawan saw a sharp rise in revenues but declining EBITDA in the first half of the year, with its channels business, Mediawan Thematics, posting a slight fall in sales. Mediawan Thematics, which includes the AB channels group that Mediawan purchased, saw a slight fall of 1% in […]

Alchimie Watch-It launches OTT catch-up For Mediawan Channels

Content aggregation and distribution company Alchimie has unveiled an agreement with French media giant Mediawan, extending its current partnership to include a replay/catch up service for nine Mediawan linear channels to subscribers on Alchimie’s Watch-It OTT platform. The catch-up service will cover content on AB3, ABxplore, RTL9, Action and Crime District, enabling subscribers to catch up on […]

Lescure quits Lagardère for ‘enhanced role’ with audiovisual sector player

Former Canal+ chief Pierre Lescure has resigned as president of the supervisory board of media conglomerate Lagardère after he said he was taking on “new functions” within the same role with “an important player in the audiovisual sector”. Lescure’s term as president of Lagardère’s supervisory board was set to last until May next year. The […]

Mediawan strikes deal with TF1 to rebrand AB Moteurs as Automoto

French media group Mediawan, owner of AB Group’s channels, has struck a deal with TF1 that will see the pair rebrand motorsport channel AB Moteurs as Automoto. The change, which will take place in time for the post-summer season, will see the channel take the name of TF1’s flagship motorsport show, broadcast on its flagship […]

Mediawan posts first full-year financials

Paris-listed production-distribution group Mediawan has posted its first full year financials. Both actual and pro forma results were published by the company, which launched at the end of 2015 as a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). Actual results (including a nine-month consolidation of financials from Groupe AB, which it bought last year) show revenues of […]

Mediawan to acquire French production outfits

Mediawan, the independent European audiovisual content platform backed by producer Pierre-Antoine Capton, Iliad Telecom founder Xavier Niel and Lazard France chief Matthieu Pigasse, is looking to acquire majority stakes in Storia Television, the company created to sell EuropaCorp’s TV business, Makever and Mon Voisin Productions. Mediawan is looking to become ‘the leading French producer of TV […]

France’s Mediawan makes production play

Emerging French content group Mediawan has entered into exclusive acquisition talks with the production company behind the Apocalypse documentaries. Having closed a deal for French channels operator and producer Groupe AB in March, Mediawan has now moved for Clarke Costelle & Co (CC&C). Mediawan has ambitious plans to become “the leading premium content platform in […]

Mediawan aiming to be Europe’s ‘leading premium content platform’

Mediawan plans to use its acquisition of AB Group to build “the leading premium content platform in Europe”, combining production and channel distribution, according to Lazard France CEO Matthieu Pigasse, one of the three principals behind the creation of the publicly listed investment outfit. Speaking on a conference call after the AB Group deal was […]