2019 key figures and events
10th January 2019:
The TF1 group is ranked 20th in the Ethics and Boards 2018 “Women on Boards” awards out of the 120 French large caps in the SBF 120, up four places from 2017. The Group retained its position as the highest-ranked media group, ahead of M6 (36th), Lagardère (42nd) and Bolloré (88th).
24th January 2019:
The TF1 group and national fibre operator Videofutur announce a new global distribution agreement. Under the agreement, Videofutur will distribute all the TF1 group’s free-to-air DTT channels (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI), alongside non-linear services associated with those channels.
30th January 2019:
The TF1 group enters into exclusive negotiations with Jérôme Dillard, former CEO of Téléshopping, with a view to selling the operational side of Téléshopping’s business. At a time when the distance selling business is changing radically, the TF1 group has decided to concentrate on broadcasting telesales programmes on its channels. Jérôme Dillard has committed to retaining all staff. The TF1 group has agreed to continue broadcasting teleshopping programmes for the next five years.
5th February 2019:
The TF1 Group announces the creation of Unify, its new digital division, which brings together the new digital activities of the TF1 group (excluding OTT and Replay TV): the Aufeminin group (Aufeminin, Marmiton, MyLittleParis, etc.), Doctissimo, Neweb (Les Numériques, ZDNet, Paroles de Maman, etc.), Gamned!, Studio 71, Vertical Station and TF1 Digital Factory. With a presence in 10 countries and more than 100 million unique visitors every month, Unify becomes the no.1 digital group built around federating content, original productions, talents, events and services dedicated to female themes, health and entertainment. Unify is currently present in three businesses: Publishers, Brand Solutions & Services, and Social e-commerce. The creation of this digital division will generate synergies with the TF1 group both editorially and commercially. Unify and TF1 Publicité will be able to marry their know-how and expertise to provide advertisers with all-new optimised cross-media solutions.
1st March 2019:
Newen takes a majority 60% stake in De Mensen, one of Belgium’s leading producers of audiovisual content.
11th March 2019:
The TF1 group announces the implementation, effective 11 March 2019, of a share buyback programme, as authorised by the Board of Directors and in accordance with the authority granted by the Annual General Meeting of TF1 shareholders on 19 April 2018. The repurchased shares will be cancelled.
26th March 2019:
TF1 and Netflix announce an agreement around the event series Le Bazar de la Charité. This first major partnership between Netflix and a French broadcaster, which was initiated by TF1 Studio (who are distributing the series on behalf of Quad Télévision), will give Netflix exclusive worldwide SVOD rights for four years.