Vivendi and Mediaset declare peace

Vivendi and Mediaset have announced an agreement to end hostilities, putting an end to five years of open warfare between the pair. The agreement, which follows a series of recent court victories by Vivendi, will see the two companies waive all litigation and claims against each other. A recent court ruling in Milan established that […]

Mediaset revives MediaForEurope plans, extends olive branch to Vivendi

Mediaset is reviving its plans to launch a pan-European media group and move its headquarters to the Netherlands.  The Italian company has said that it would ask shareholders to approve the plans which were previously shelved due to opposition from its second-largest investor Vivendi.  The group, previously dubbed MediaForEurope, was envisioned to provide the continent […]

Canal+ sees stable revenues in quarter of modest progress

French pay TV operator Canal+ saw its revenues for the quarter to March remain stable year-on-year, dipping by 0.1% on a like-for-like basis to €1.357 billion. That stability was driven primarily by modest international growth, where the company saw like-for-like revenues rose by 1.6% to €537 million, though they declined in absolute numbers in euro […]

Italian court rejects Mediaset damages claim

Vivendi has achieved a partial victory on one front of its ongoing legal battle with Mediaset, with a Milan court ruling that its acquisition of a large stake in the Italian media group was not illegitimate and did not constitute unfair competition. Mediaset has claimed that Vivendi took advantage of a fall in its share […]

Mediaset: no last-minute resolution to Vivendi dispute

Mediaset has moved swiftly to state that there is no last-minute resolution in sight to its ongoing legal battle with its largest external shareholder Vivendi, after CFO Marco Giordani said in an interview that the best solution would be to find an agreement with the French media giant. Giordani’s comments and Mediaset’s clarification come as […]

Canal+ adds 1.5 million subs for the year

Canal+ ended 2020 with a total of 21.8 million subscribers, an increase of 1.5 million from the end of 2019. Announced by parent company Vivendi during its year-end financial report, Canal+ Group’s revenues were at €5.5 billion, up 4.4% year-over-year. The group‘s profitability significantly improved in the year, with EBITA up 26.7% to €435 million […]

Mediaset secures victory against Dailymotion in copyright case

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has secured a victory in its legal battle with Vivendi-owned video sharing site Dailymotion over the latter’s distribution of copyrighted material. The Court of Rome found Dailymotion liable, confirming a previous ruling in July 2019, and sentenced the video site to fines totalling over €22 million for the publication of 15,000 video […]

Vivendi buys 7.6% stake in Prisa to extend Spanish interest

Vivendi has agreed to buy a 7.6% stake in Spanish media conglomerate Prisa. Vivendi said that the acquisition forms part of its ongoing strategy “to become a global leader in content, media and communications, while extending its access to the Spanish-speaking markets in Europe, Latin America and US Hispanics.” Prisa is a leader in Spanish-speaking […]

Sky picks up Studiocanal movies in new distribution deal

Sky has announced a distribution deal with Vivendi-owned Studiocanal to bring a range of new and classic films to Sky and Now TV customers. The deal will see Studiocanal’s titles scheduled for release from January 2021 brought to Sky Cinema and Now TV after their theatrical release. Upcoming titles include the Claire Foy starring The […]

Vivendi secures full voting rights in Mediaset

Vivendi secured another significant victory in its battle with Mediaset just before Christmas, with the news that the Lazio regional administrative tribunal (TAR) had ruled that it can exercise full voting rights in accordance with its stake in the Italian media group. The ruling means that Vivendi will be able to give voting instructions for […]

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