Our history

Vivendi is a group focused on media, content creation and communications.

Vincent Bolloré, appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board on June 24, 2014 (his son Yannick Bolloré succeeded him at this function on April 19, 2018), positioned Vivendi as an integrated industrial group with the clear determination to become a European champion of media and content with strong positions in France and Southern Europe and international ambitions.

In  June 2012, Vivendi initiated a review of the Group’s scope of activity and undertook a strategic review of all its assets, concluded by a refocusing by the Group on its content and media operations.

 

It is within this framework that:

 

At the same time, the Group disposed of some of its assets, notably in telecoms:

 

Since June 2014, Vivendi continued to develop its presence in media, content and communications:

  • On September 29, 2015, Vivendi acquired a 30% interest in the share capital of Mars Films, a leader in cinema production and distribution in France.
  • On February 23, 2016, Vivendi completed the acquisition of a 26.2% interest in Banijay Group, one of the world’s largest independent television production and distribution companies. It now has a 31.4% controlling interest in this company (as of January 1, 2018).
  • Also in 2016, the Group, through Studiocanal, acquired interests in several Spanish and British production companies: 33% in Bambú Producciones, 20% in Urban Myth Films and 20% in SunnyMarchTV.

 

With the official creation of Vivendi Village at the end of 2014, Vivendi set up an entity that brings together small digital services businesses (including MyBestPro and Vivendi Ticketing) and companies dedicated to live entertainment and in scouting and nurturing talent (L’Olympia, Olympia Production, CanalOlympia, …).

 

To ensure the widest possible distribution of its content, Vivendi in parallel entered into a number of partnerships with telecom operators and digital streaming platforms. It also acquired, or acquired aninterest in, various companies.

  • In connection with its sale of GVT, Vivendi received from Telefonica a little over 8% of Telecom Italia’s share capital and later became the Italian operator’s largest shareholder by acquiring additional shares on the market on June 24, 2015.
  • Vivendi finalized the acquisition of 80% of the share capital of Dailymotion, one of the world’s largest aggregation and content distribution platforms. On July 26, 2017, Vivendi holds 100% of its capital.

 

As part of the Canal+ transformation plan in France, Canal+ Group defined a coherent brand universe for its channels and, on November 15, 2016, launched its new offers. It also completely rethought its distribution strategy and entered into strategic partnerships with Orange and Free, as announced by the two French telecom operators on September 27, 2016 and October 5, 2016, respectively.

 

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