Barry Diller came out strongly in defense of Vivendi Universal chief Jean-Marie Messier Friday as well as the anemic performance of his French partner's stock.
In a series of moves designed to solidify the recent management changes at Vivendi Universal, shareholders of Canal Plus voted Friday to remove Pierre Lescure as chairman of the French paybox.
Edgar Bronfman, Jr. has slipped quietly out of the spotlight, leaving Jean-Marie Messier to fend off the slings and arrows of outraged investors.
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Dominique Farrugia, a loyalist of ousted Canal Plus topper Pierre Lescure, was tapped Thursday to become chairman of troubled paybox Canal Plus.
A scrappy Jean-Marie Messier took the stage Wednesday evening at a stormy Vivendi Universal shareholders meeting to prove to an SRO crowd that he's still in charge at the global conglom.
Vivendi Universal chairman Jean-Marie Messier has moved to head off the staff revolt at Canal Plus by offering Dominique Farrugia, one of Pierre Lescure's key lieutenants, the job of running the…
As incoming president Xavier Couture takes over the reins today of the troubled Canal Plus group, French film industry orgs and Canal Plus union reps gather across town to testify before Gallic…
Peter Bart: The Backlot
The 39th annual Mip TV will undoubtedly be remembered as the mart during which one of Mip's own men-of-the-year, Pierre Lescure, was toppled from his Canal Plus throne.
After the April 16 firing of Pierre Lescure, the people of Paris hijacked the airwaves, staged street protests and took out newspaper ads decrying the axing. Meanwhile, the rest of the world just…