Vivendi approves board changes

French media and telecoms group Vivendi’s annual shareholders’ meeting has approved the appointment of five new members of the group’s supervisory council. The new members are Vincent Bolloré, Pascal Cagni, Yseulys Costes, Alexandre de Juniac and Nathalie Bricault. The shareholders’ meeting also approved an increase in the annual dividend amounting to €1 per share, to […]

Charlier reportedly to take over at SFR

Vivendi is expected to name Jean-Yves Charlier as the new CEO of telco SFR, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos. According to Les Echos, which did not specify its sources, the appointment of Charlier, currently deputy CEO in charge of telecoms at Vivendi, will replace Stéphane Roussel, who will retain the role […]

Watchever snaps up CBS content

German OTT service Watchever has inked a programming deal with CBS Studios International. The Vivendi-backed on-demand service will get a raft of series from the CBS US network and its cable stablemate Showtime. Titles include 90210, Nurse Jackie, Numb3rs and Californication as well as older shows including Twin Peaks. France-based entertainment conglomerate Vivendi launched Watchever […]

Vivendi confirms Bolloré, names four other board appointees

Vivendi’s supervisory board is set to confirm Bolloré chairman and CEO Vincent Bolloré as a member of its board at the company’s general shareholders’ meeting on April 30.  Viviendi will also name Nathalie Bricault, who will represent the company’s employee shareholders for the first time, to the board, as well as former Apple Europe, Middle […]

Africa boosts Canal Plus numbers as total for France declines

A strong performance by Canal Plus Overseas in Africa helped compensate for a flat performance in metropolitan France to boost Canal Plus’s overall subscriber base to 11.363 million last year. Canal Plus recorded net growth of 147,000 subscriber in 2012, driven primarily by the overseas arm, which increased its base by 227,000 compared with 2011. […]

Vivendi and Lagardère go to war

Lagardère and Vivendi are engaged in a bitter legal dispute over claims that the latter is deliberately attempting to diminish the value of Canal Plus France in order to force Lagardère to abandon plans to float its 20% in the pay TV operator. Lagardère has filed a suit with the Paris Tribunal de Commerce in […]

Vivendi launches OTT service Watchever in Germany

France-based entertainment conglomerate Vivendi has launched an over-the-top service in Germany called Watchever. The subscription TV series and movie-based service,, is priced at €8.99 a month. A free 30-day trial is in place and paying customers can terminate subscriptions on a month-to-month basis. Wathchever said that it has inked deals with “almost” all of […]

French regulator reportedly against any SFR Free merger

France’s competition regulator is reportedly likely to oppose any merger of Vivendi-owned mobile and fixed telecom operator SFR with its rival Free. Radio service BFM Business reported on its website that the regulator had told a number of its sources that it wouldn’t accept a merger between the pair on the grounds that it would […]

Vivendi appoints Bolloré to board

The supervisory board of French media and telecoms group Vivendi has appointed Vincent Bolloré, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Bolloré Group, as a member of the board. The appointment follows the resignation of Jean-Yves Charlier, who has taken on an operational role within Vivendi since the beginning of October. In addition, Pascal […]

Vivendi places €700 million bond

Vivendi has placed a €700 million bond to refinance existing debt due in 2013. The bond carries a maturity of seven years and one month and a 2.5% coupon.  The proceeds will be used to refinance a bond with a 4.5% coupon initially issued for a seven-year period, due in October 2013. According to Vivendi, […]