In honor of the upcoming 2014 César and Oscar ceremonies, which will be broadcast live on an exclusive basis (unencrypted for the Césars), Canal+ and Canal+ Cinéma invite you to take part in an exceptional weekend from Friday, February 28 to Monday, March 3. The line-up includes an exciting movie marathon with over 40 hours’ worth of films, more than nine hours of live television and the awarding of nearly 80 gold statuettes during the ceremonies. Laurent Weil will be kicking off this special weekend from the steps of the Théâtre du Châtelet, presenting his impressions of the 2014 César nominees. It will close on the red carpet of the Dolby® Theater with Didier Allouch commenting on the greatest Hollywood stars at the Oscars. For more information on the ceremonies, visit these dedicated sites: #César2014 and #Oscars2014.
Universal Music Group UMG and Glassnote enter agreement
Universal Music Group (UMG) and Glassnote Entertainment Group have signed an agreement under which UMG will become the exclusive worldwide distributor (excluding Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) of Glassnote’s recordings, effective March 1, 2014. This multi-year agreement will enable Glassnote’s extraordinary talent roster – which includes Childish Gambino, Chvrches, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club and Phoenix – to leverage UMG’s resources and expertise. In the US, Glassnote will be distributed by UMG’s distribution unit (UMGD), and outside the US (excluding Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) Glassnote will be distributed by Caroline, UMG’s independent distribution arm. Glassnote will continue its pre-existing relationship with UMG in Canada. International releases for Mumford & Sons and Chvrches will continue to be handled by Island Records UK and Virgin EMI UK respectively, to which the artists are signed directly.
Vivendi has begun exclusive negotiations with Belgacom with a view to acquiring 100% of the stock of its subsidiary Telindus France, which is one of France’s telecom and network-integration market leaders, with growing revenues (€241 million in 2013). SFR and Telindus France have long worked together to build a solid partnership, which was illustrated in 2012 by the joint development of a unified cloud-communications offering. The acquisition would allow both companies to market services and offerings to businesses that would benefit from their complementary areas of expertise and extensive experience of working together. Once signed, the agreement will be subject to approval by the Competition Authority.