Vivendi, Mediaset end feud over failed Netflix rival in Europe

SourceKuwait Times
SectorFinancial Markets

PARIS: French media conglomerate Vivendi and Italian rival Mediaset have agreed to bury the hatchet in their long-running legal battle over failed plans to set up Europe’s answer to US streaming giant Netflix, the two groups said. The feud had pitted two European heavyweights against each other: Mediaset is controlled by the family of Italy’s flamboyant former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and their financial holding Fininvest while Vivendi’s billionaire chief is France’s top corporate raider Vincent Bollore.

“Vivendi, Fininvest and Mediaset are pleased to announce that they have come to a global agreement to put an end to their disputes by waiving all litigation and claims between them,” the companies said in a joint statement late Monday. Under the terms of their proposed partnership, Vivendi, the parent company of French TV channel Canal+, was to have bought all of Mediaset’s Premium pay-TV channel.

But Vivendi claimed it had been misled about the true value of Mediaset Premium and ripped up the deal, more...