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Jul 3, 2015

Vivendi pushes out Canal+ chief as profits shrink

PARIS, July 3 (Reuters) – French media group Vivendi
pushed out Rodolphe Belmer as chief of its Canal Plus
unit on Friday amid disappointment over what one source said was
a failure to rejuvenate the pay-TV channel and halt a drop in
sales and profits.

The move came amid a high-profile controversy over the fate
of channel’s long-running satirical puppet show “Les Guignols”
but the source said it had nothing to do with Belmer’s ousting.

Jul 2, 2015

Tycoon Vincent Bollore takes aim at French satire show

PARIS (Reuters) – French billionaire Vincent Bollore, chairman of media group Vivendi, faced a political backlash on Thursday following reports he wants to shut down a satirical TV show renowned for its attacks on the country’s elite.

Bollore owns 15 percent of Vivendi, the parent company of pay-TV channel Canal Plus, which has broadcast the show “Les Guignols”, featuring puppets of everyone from presidents to sports stars, since 1988.

Jun 29, 2015

Two Uber executives taken into police custody in France

PARIS, June 29 (Reuters) – French police have detained two
executives from Uber for questioning as a government clampdown
intensifies on the U.S.-based taxi and ride-sharing service.

Thibaud Simphal, manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri
Gore-Coty, general manager for western Europe, were detained as
part of an investigation that earlier led to Uber’s offices
being raided by police in March.

Jun 29, 2015

Discovery wins European broadcast rights to Games from 2018-2024

PARIS (Reuters) – Discovery Communications has agreed to pay 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion) to screen the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024 across Europe, beating national public broadcasters that have traditionally shown the event.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Discovery, which is the parent of pay-television channel Eurosport, after a competitive auction that attracted more than 10 bids, said Timo Lumme, a marketing executive at the IOC.

Jun 29, 2015

Olympics-Discovery wins European broadcast rights to Games from 2018-2024

PARIS, June 29 (Reuters) – Discovery Communications has agreed to pay 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion) to screen the Olympic Games from 2018 to 2024 across Europe, beating national public broadcasters that have traditionally shown the event.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Discovery, which is the parent of pay-television channel Eurosport, after a competitive auction that attracted more than 10 bids, said Timo Lumme, a marketing executive at the IOC.

Jun 26, 2015

Ad execs cautious about growth, gear up for contract battle

CANNES, June 26 (Reuters) – The reluctance of big companies
to spend at a time of lacklustre global growth and fewer major
sporting events this year are dampening demand for advertising,
said the chief executives of two leading ad agencies.

In separate interviews on Friday, Martin Sorrell of WPP
and Maurice Levy of Publicis sounded cautious
about the prospects for the advertising market, citing a lack of
vibrancy in the U.S economy, weakness in Brazil, Russia and
China, and Europe’s continued fragility.

Jun 25, 2015

James Murdoch says family is united as he takes helm of Fox

CANNES, June 25 (Reuters) – James Murdoch, who will take the
helm of Twenty-First Century Fox next week, said there
was little he and his father Rupert did not agree on with
respect to the future of the family media empire.

At the Cannes Lions advertising conference on Thursday, the
42-year-old executive also said his relationship with brother
Lachlan, who will be elevated to a co-executive chairman in the
recently announced reshuffle was “very much a partnership”.
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Jun 24, 2015

Havas eyes about 5 pct organic sales growth this year

CANNES, France, June 24 (Reuters) – Advertising agency Havas
is aiming for organic revenue growth of about 5
percent this year, fueled by strong demand in the United States
and Latin America, Chief Executive Yannick Bollore said on
Wednesday.

The world’s fifth-largest advertising holding company, which
is majority owned by French tycoon Vincent Bollore’s eponymous
group, believes it can pick up new business this year
as an unprecedented $27 billion in media buying and planning
contracts come up for review in the U.S.

Jun 23, 2015

Bouygues shuns Altice’s bid for telecom arm

PARIS (Reuters) – French conglomerate Bouygues on Tuesday snubbed an offer for its telecom unit from larger rival Altice that sources put at 10 billion euros ($11.2 billion), citing execution risks and confidence it could prosper on its own.

The board believes Bouygues Telecom is well placed to benefit from a new period of growth in the telecoms market, underpinned by digital usage, Bouygues said in a statement.

Jun 23, 2015

Advertising agencies under the gun from major contract reviews

CANNES/NEW YORK, June 23 (Reuters) – An unprecedented number
of blue-chip companies have put their advertising contracts up
for review this year, underlining the growing pressure on ad
agencies as online marketing threatens their traditional role
and profit margins.

At the industry’s biggest annual conference in Cannes this
week the main topic of conversation among the 13,000 delegates
is the 18 companies – from consumer products giants Proctor &
Gamble and Unilever to automakers like BMW
and Volkswagen – that have decided to
re-think which agencies they want for marketing advice.