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Vivendi SE is a France-based integrated content, media and communications group operating throughout the entire media value chain. It operates through seven segments: Universal Music Group, Canal+ Group, Havas, Gameloft, Vivendi Village, New Initiatives and Corporate. Universal Music Group is engaged in recorded music, music publishing and merchandising. Canal+ Group includes pay-television (TV), production, sales and distribution of movies and TV series. Havas is a global communications group. Gameloft develops and publishes games for all digital platforms. Vivendi Village groups together Vivendi Ticketing (Europe and the United States), the venues L’Olympia and Theatre de l’Oeuvre in Paris, among others. New Initiatives includes Dailymotion, a video content aggregation and distribution platform; Vivendi Content, for new content creation and Group Vivendi Africa, developing ultra-high-speed Internet service in Africa. Corporate provides central services to the group.
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Arnaud Nicolas Philippe Maxime Georges Roy De Puyfontaine
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France's Canal+ Group has upped its stake in Africa's largest pay-TV group MultiChoice, the South African company said on Thursday, taking it from 12% to more than 15%.
Universal Music Group's shares leapt more than a third in their stock market debut on Tuesday as investors bet a boom in music streaming still has a long way to run.
Universal Music Group's shares surged at the start of trading on Tuesday, as owner Vivendi spun off the record label in the biggest European listing of the year.
Shares in France's Lagardere surged 20% on Thursday after media group Vivendi said it would buy another stake in the company, paving the way for a full takeover.
Vivendi said on Wednesday it was set to purchase another stake in Paris Match magazine owner Lagardere, paving the way for a full takeover which would extend the influence of its controlling shareholder, Vincent Bollore, over France's media landscape.
Vincent Bollore is set to own $7 billion worth of Universal Music Group shares after it floats next week, raising questions about how the French tycoon could use this new source of cash as Universal's parent Vivendi charts a new course.
Vivendi's Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, whose artists include Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones, published its prospectus on Tuesday ahead of a 33 billion euro ($39 billion) stock market flotation this month.
American hedge fund manager Bill Ackman's Pershing Square is buying an additional 2.9% of Universal Music Group (UMG) from Vivendi for $1.149 billion, the French conglomerate said on Tuesday.
Universal Music Group, which is behind singers such as Justin Bieber and is owned by France's Vivendi, expects further revenue growth this year as streaming sales boom and it aims to pay out dividends once it lists in Amsterdam, it said.
Billionaire hedge fund manager William Ackman on Tuesday bought 7.1% of Universal Music Group from French conglomerate Vivendi and pledged to keep buying after his original plan to acquire a 10% stake in the record label for his blank-check company collapsed.
Vivendi said on Tuesday it had sold a 7.1% stake of Universal Music Group (UMG) to Pershing Square Holdings, managed by William Ackman, adding it could sell it a further 2.9% by Sept. 9, 2021.
Vivendi's most prized division Universal, the music label behind artists like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, drove group first-half results, bolstering its position two months before its planned spin-off and listing in Amsterdam.
Mediaset's top investor Fininvest has bought an additional 5% of Italy's top commercial broadcaster from French media group Vivendi as envisaged by an accord between the three companies, a joint statement said on Thursday.
Billionaire investor Bill Ackman will buy up to 10% of Vivendi's Universal Music Group through his main hedge fund, rather than a special purpose acquisition company, after investors and regulators questioned his use of a SPAC.
Billionaire investor William Ackman's Pershing Square Tontine Holdings has dropped a deal to buy 10% of Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG), the label that is home to musicians such as Taylor Swift.
Vivendi won a court case on Wednesday against a group of institutional investors that sought 1 billion euros in damages, alleging the media giant made false statements during a merger deal two decades ago.
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Shareholders in Vivendi applauded on Tuesday the French media giant's plan to spin off its $39 billion Universal music business, underpinning Vincent Bollore's grip on the group and ignoring concerns expressed by several funds.
Shareholders of French media giant Vivendi approved on Tuesday a contested proposal that allows group to buy back and cancel shares for up to 50% Vivendi's capital.
French media group Vivendi will seek investor support on Tuesday to spin off its prized Universal music business, a plan criticized by activist funds for benefiting top shareholder Vincent Bollore more than smaller investors.
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