Our history

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

Vincent Bolloré has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since June 24, 2014, date on which Vivendi positioned itself 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.
  • 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.
  • As a result of its public tender offer launched on February 18, 2016, Vivendi holds 100% of the share capital of Gameloft since July 26, 2016. The Group is also Ubisoft’s largest shareholder, holding over 24% of its share capital as of November 4, 2016.
  • On October 17, 2016, Vivendi launched Studio+, the first global premium short series offer for mobiles, in Latin America, in partnership with Telefonica. Studio+ is both a producer and purchaser of new programming formats.
  • On December 12, 2016, Vivendi announced that it crossed the 3% threshold of the Mediaset share capital. Vivendi owned 28.80% of the Mediaset share capital and 29.94% of the voting rights as of December 22, 2016.

 

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. It acquired an additional 10% on July 30, 2015.
  • Vivendi acquired an equity interest in Groupe Fnac as part of a strategic partnership announced on April 11, 2016. This partnership is part of a cooperation plan dedicated to cultural activities.

 

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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