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Founded15 December 2015; 5 years ago (2015-12-15) in Paris, France
FoundersXavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse, Pierre-Antoine Capton
Key people
Orla Noonan (CEO)[1]
DivisionsLS Distribution
Mediawan Animation
Mediawan & Leonine Studios (joint venture with Leonine Holding)
Mediawan Originals
Mediawan Pictures
Mediawan Rights
Mediawan Studios Spain
Mediawan Thematics
Telmondis Distribution
Subsidiaries909 Productions
AB Productions
Aito Media
Alauda Films
Ango Productions
Atlantique Productions
Aubes Productions
Auteurs Associés
Black Dynamite
Black Swan Tales
Boomerang TV Group
Carte Blanche
Chapter 2
Chi-Fou-Mi Productions
DMED Productions
Ego Productions
Electron Libre Productions
Fit Production
Frenchkiss Pictures
GMT Productions
Good Mood
JPG Films
Keewu Productions
Mai Juin Productions
Maximal Productions
Merlin Productions
Mon Voisin Productions
NC Production
Pavia Studio
Radar Films
Réservoir Prod
Save Ferris Studios
Scarlett Production
Semtembre Productions
Sky High TV
Storia Television
Velma Production
White Lion Films

Mediawan is a French media conglomerate.[2] It was founded in December 2015[3] by Xavier Niel (founder of Free), Matthieu Pigasse (general director of the bank Lazard and, with Xavier Niel, a major stock holder in Le Monde and L'Obs) and Pierre-Antoine Capton (founder of the French media production company Troisième Œil Productions) under the legal form of a special-purpose acquisition company ("SPAC") to acquire assets and operations in the media production and distribution business in Europe[2][4][5][6][7][8] with the ambition to become "one of the largest platforms for European content".[9][7]

The company went public on April 22, 2016,[6] raising €250 million ($310 million).[2]

In July 2016, Mediawan acquired CC&C, a film production company specializing in documentaries.[2]

In January 2017, Mediawan acquired AB Groupe for €270 million. Before that AB Groupe was owned by Claude Berda (53%) and TF1 Group (33.5%).[10][2]

In December 2017, it was reported that Mediawan was in talks for acquiring a stake of up to 55% in Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam’s animation studio ON Kids & Family (including Method Animation) for about €50 million.[11][12]

In January 2018, Mediawan acquired the French television division of Luc Besson's EuropaCorp and renamed into Storia Television.[2][11][12]

On 6 June 2018, Mediawan announced that its acquisition of a 53.53% stake in ON Entertainment was finalized[1]

On 11 October 2018, Mediawan rebranded AB Groupe as Mediawan Thematics.[13]

On 22 June 2020, Mediawan announced their intent to buy Lagardère Studios from the Lagardère Group for €100,000,000.[14] The sale was completed on November 2 of that same year.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Mediawan Announces the Finalization of the Acquisition of ON Entertainment and Preparations for the Group's New Operational Organization". Business Wire. 2018-06-07. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Mediawan Acquires EuropaCorp's French TV Division". The Hollywood Reporter. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  3. ^ "About". Mediawan official website. Mediawan. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  4. ^ "Mediawan". CB Insights. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  5. ^ "Pigasse, Niel et Capton lèvent 500 millions pour racheter des médias". Le Figaro (Le 2015-10-05. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  6. ^ a b "Niel, Pigasse et Capton lancent Mediawan, leur société commune dans les médias". Le Figaro (Le 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  7. ^ a b "Mediawan joins big league in TV content with offer for Groupe AB". Reuters. 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  8. ^ "Mediawan a levé 250 millions d'euros avant son entrée en Bourse". Reuters. 2016-04-20. Archived from the original on 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  9. ^ "Médias : pari réussi pour le projet Niel, Pigasse et Capton". Les 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  10. ^ "Les actionnaires de Mediawan approuvent le rachat de AB Group". Le Point. 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  11. ^ a b "Mediawan acquires EuropaCorp's TV biz, in talks for stakes in French studios". S&P Global Market Intelligence. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  12. ^ a b "Mediawan Acquires EuropaCorp's French TV business". Variety. 2018-01-15. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  13. ^ "Groupe AB change de nom et devient Mediawan Thematics". Univers Freebox. 2018-10-12. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  14. ^ Sudip Kar-Gupta (22 June 2020). "Mediawan to buy Lagardère Studios and form new holding company". Reuters. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  15. ^ Richard Middleton (2 November 2020). "Mediawan completes $112m acquisition of France's Lagardère Studios". TBI Vision. Retrieved 19 November 2020.

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