Vivendi SA (formerly known as Vivendi Universal SA) is a French multinational mass media conglomerate chiefly focused on the fields of music, film, television, video games, telecommunication, video hosting, and ticket sales.
Vivendi is trades as VIV on Euronext, and is included in the CAC 40 index.
Although being a company rooted in the 19th century, today’s Vivendi is chiefly focused on digital entertainment and its portfolio of companies includes – among other things – the channel and movie producer Canal+ Group and music company Universal Music Group.
During recent years, Vivendi has been on a path towards cultivating better synergies between its many different subsidiaries, a trend that became even stronger after the appointment of Vincent Bolloré as company president in June 2014.
Short facts about Vivendi
|Company type||Société anonyme (SA)|
|Founded||14th of December 1853 (as Compagnie Générale des Eaux)|
|Founder||Emperor Napoleon III|
|Total assets||€32,365 million (2017)|
|Total equity||€32,365 million (2017)|
|Revenue||€10,819 million (2017)|
|Operating income||€1,255 million (2017)|
|Net income||€1,275 million (2017)|
|Number of employees||20,300 (2017)|
|Examples of divisions||Canal+ Group
Universal Music Group
Examples of operations
Canal Plus Group SA is a French film and television studio and distributor. It is the leading pay television group in France, and it is also active on several other markets in and out of Europe.
The group is the French film industry’s largest financial backer, participating in the financing of the vast majority of films produced in the country. Its film library includes more than 5,000 films.
One of the groups subsidiaries, the StudioCanal, spends roughly €200 million a year on movie production and has funded many well-known non-French speaking movies, such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Paddington, JFK, Falling Down, Leaving Las Vegas, Elizabeth, Love Actually, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, A Serious Man, The Pianist, and The Imitation Game.
The Vivendi Village is a group comprised of agile companies active in the fields of digital and live entertainment. This includes companies selling and distributing live entertainment tickets in France, UK and USA. Vivendi Village also owns the concert venue L’Olympia in Paris, and has announced plans for the creation of ten live-performance venues in central and west Africa.
Examples of assets owned by Vivendi
Television and film
|Harvey Unna and Stephen Durbridge Ltd|
|Paddington and Company Ltd|
|The Copyrights Group Ltd|
|Vivendi Ticketing (France and UK)|
|See Tickets USA|
Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group owns, or has a joint share in, a large number of companies in the music industry, including a lot of record labels, but also distributors such as Fontana Distribution, Universal Music Group Distribution, and UMGD Ditigal. There is also the publishing company Universal Music Publishing Group, the merchandising company Bravado, and the artist management companies 5B, Trinifold and Twenty-First Artists.
Here are a few examples of record labels in the Universal Music Group:
|20th Century Masters|
|Big Machine Records|
|Blue Note Records|
|Capitol Christian Music Group|
|Capitol Music Group|
|Capitol Records Nashville|
|Cash Money Records|
|Decca Label Group|
|Def Jam Recordings|
|EMI Records Nashville|
|Indie Pop Music|
|Island Def Jam Music Group|
|Island Records Group (UK)|
|Lost Highway Records|
|MCA Nashville Records|
|Mercury Music Group (UK)|
|Mercury Nashville Records|
|Show Dog-Universal Music|
|The Verve Music Group|
|Universal Classics and Jazz|
|Universal Music Classical|
|Universal Music Enterprises|
|Universal Music Group Nashville|
|Universal Music Latin Entertainment|
|Universal Music Latino|
|Universal Music TV (UMTV)|
|Universal Music UK|
|Verve Forecast Records|
|Virgin EMI Records|
|Company name||Stake owned by Vivendi||Industry / product|
|Gameloft||96 percent||Video games|
|Dailymotion||90 percent||Video sharing tool|
|Radionomy||64.4 percent||Online radio tools|
|Vevo||31 percent||Video hosting|
|Mediaset||28.8 percent||Mass media (in Italy)|
|Banijay Group||26.2 percent||Content creator|
|Telecom Italia||24.6 percent||Telecommunications|