Pierre Lescure

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 […]

Molotov strikes deal with Canal+ ahead of July launch

French OTT service Molotov is to publicly launch on July 11. The service, which is backed by former Canal+ chief Pierre Lescure along with co-founders Jean-David Blanc and Jean-Marc Denoual, has also announced that it has signed a distribution deal with Canal+ that will see a range of free-to-air and premium movie channels made available […]

Channels join Canal+ founder’s OTT service

Molotov, the upcoming French OTT service being launched by former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure, has secured distribution deals with a raft of free and pay TV channels ahead of launch. In June Canal+ cofounder Lescure and and Jean-David Blanc, the founder of AlloCiné, said they were launching Molotov, a new OTT service that will carry […]

Canal+ co-founder launching online TV service

Former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure and Jean-David Blanc, the founder of AlloCiné, are launching a new online TV service, Molotov. The seasoned French media executives are pitching Molotov as a ‘Spotify for TV’, as it will aggregate content and make it available via connected devices. The service is currently being beta tested before a commercial […]

Netflix looking at possible French launch

Streaming service Netflix reportedly has France in its sights as a possible new launch territory. According to Reuters, citing an unnamed source, Netflix representatives met with staff from French president Francois Hollande’s office to discuss how the video service could launch in the country. The source said Netflix was keen to understand the legal conditions […]

Lescure report recommends tax on smartphones, end of Hadopi, change in VOD windows

Former Canal Plus chief Pierre Lescure’s report on the adaptation of France’s cultural policies to the digital age has suggested that a new tax be levied on laptops, smartphones and tablets to help support the content industry’s migration to digital, that the Hadopi commission be abolished and that the strict rules governing video content distribution […]