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 SA 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

Current name Vivendi
Previous names
  • Vivendi Universal SA (2000–2006)
  • Vivendi SARL (1998–2000)
  • Compagnie Générale des Eaux (1853–1998)
Company type Société anonyme (SA)
Founded 14th of December 1853 (as Compagnie Générale des Eaux)
Founder Emperor Napoleon III
Industry Mass media


Area served Worldwide
Headquartered Paris, France
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

Vivendi Village

Vivendi Content

Universal Music Group

New Initiatives

Examples of operations

Canal+ Group

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.

canal+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.

Vivendi Village

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

Canal+ (Television)
Canal+ Group
Harvey Unna and Stephen Durbridge Ltd
Metropolitan France
Paddington and Company Ltd
SAM (Scandinavian)
StudioCanal (Film)
The Copyrights Group Ltd
(K+) Vietnam

Vivendi Village

Vivendi Ticketing (France and UK)
See Tickets
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
A&M Records
American Recordings
Aware Records
Big Machine Records
Blue Note Records
Brushfire Records
Capitol Christian Music Group
Capitol Music Group
Capitol Records
Capitol Records Nashville
Caroline Distribution
Casablanca Records
Cash Money Records
Decca Label Group
Decca Records
Decca Records
Def Jam Recordings
DGC Records
Disa Records
EMI Records Nashville
Fonovisa Records
Geffen Records
GRP Records
Hip-O Records
Impulse! Records
Indie Pop Music
Interscope Records
Island Def Jam Music Group
Island Records
Island Records Group (UK)
Lava Records
Lost Highway Records
Machete Music
MCA Nashville Records
Mercury Music Group (UK)
Mercury Nashville Records
Mercury Records
Motown Records
Polydor Records
Republic Nashville
Republic Records
Show Dog-Universal Music
The Verve Music Group
Universal Chronicles
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
V2/Co-Operative Music
Verve Forecast Records
Verve Records
Virgin EMI Records
Virgin Records

Partial ownership

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