From concerts and festivals to shows and plays, Vivendi is actively involved in developing strong positions in live entertainment as a key element of the entertainment value chain of which it is present at every stage. The Group owns venues in France (L’Olympia, Théâtre de l’Oeuvre) and Africa (CanalOlympia). It also owns some 20 festivals globally and has concluded partnerships with numerous others. A musical icon, the Abbey Road Studios in London provide a stage for special events. Vivendi’s commitment to “live” helps each of its businesses, and Vivendi Talents, to spot, nurture and showcase creative talent.
Vivendi owns some twenty popular music festivals across the world, including the Blue Note Festival and the Brive Festival in France, Love Supreme and the Sundown Festival in the United Kingdom, Poptopia, UMusic Experience and the L Festival in the USA, and the Universal Music Festival in Spain. The Group is also an active partner in other music, comedy and cinema events. In France, Olympia Production has arranged tours for popular French singers such as Slimane and M Pokora, and has co-produced the musical Jesus, which will premier in France in fall 2017. Other artists and comedians on its books include Marina Rollman, Laura Domenge, Guillermo Guiz and Gérémy Crédeville.
The Olympia and the Théâtre de l’Oeuvre
The Olympia is an iconic venue in Paris and has been a favorite stage for generations of French and international artists. With more than 270 shows in 2016, the Olympia welcomed new audiences with a diverse range of entertainment to appeal to every taste while keeping its own identity.
Le Théâtre de l’Oeuvre reopened in October 2016 under the management of well-known French comedian François-Xavier Demaison and director Benoit Lavigne. Situated in the heart of Paris, it has quickly established itself as an attractive venue for contemporary writers and talented artists.
CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinemas and live performance venues in Africa. The latest projection technology is used to show a great line-up of critically-acclaimed recent movies, including titles from Studiocanal, in a comfortable setting. CanalOlympia is bringing entertainment to countries, particularly in Central and West Africa, that have traditionally lacked cultural infrastructures. It has already opened venues in Yaoundé, Conakry, Douala, Niamey, Ouagadougou, Dakar, Lomé, Cotonou and Port-Gentil, and has plans to open dozens more in the coming years.
Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios in London, immortalized by the Beatles’ last album in 1969, has welcomed generations of iconic musicians from all over the world. It is occasionally opened up as a special venue for live events, such as the ‘Frenglish Night’, hosted by Eddie Izzard and Gad Elmaleh in 2016.