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|Key people||Bertrand Meheut (President & CEO)
Rodolphe Belmer (Deputy CEO)
Film production & distribution
|Revenue||€4.712 billion (2010)|
Canal Plus Group SA (Canal+) is a French film and television studio and distributor. It is controlled by Vivendi and has a film library in excess of 5,000 films. Vivendi has sold some parts of Canal Plus to private investors which are still using the name of Canal Plus. It is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in the suburbs of Paris.
Canal Plus is "the French film industry's biggest financial backer, beloved by French cineastes".
The fact that it is a major source of finance for domestic film production, participating in the financing of the vast majority of films produced in France is a major source of Canal Plus' strength. It has even created its own subsidiary companies with direct involvement in film production.
StudioCanal, one of these subsidiaries, is spending €200 million a year on movie production establishing as the first port of call outside the U.S. for intelligent upmarket movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which is fully financed.
- Canal+ (100%)—Premium & theme channels; the Netherlands, Poland, France and Spain
- MultiThématiques (100%)
- StudioCanal (100%)—a feature film production and distribution studio
- NC+ Poland (75%)
- CanalSat (100%)
In the Netherlands, Poland and France, the flagship product is the television channel Canal+. The channel is encrypted for most of the day; viewers who wish to watch the channel's more popular programming (new-release movies and live sport) must subscribe to the service. Previously this involved the hire of a decoder to decrypt the signal, but increasingly Canal+ is being offered as part of a multi-channel satellite or cable television package (known as CanalSat[previously Canal Satellite]in France, Cyfra+ in Poland and Digital+ in Spain).
Canal Plus came to the Nordic countries in 1997, acquiring the two FilmNet-channels and renaming them. The Nordic part was sold in October 2003 to the Telenor-owned Canal Digital, and the Canal+ brand has since been used with license.
StudioCanal is a coproduction society created in 1999, associated with NBC Universal until 2009. Nowadays, StudioCanal is operating in several countries such as Germany, Japan, or Australia. For moovie’s industry, it’s a « major player at the European level »
Formerly Canal Satellite Numérique, a pay satellite and IPTV distributor (as CanalSAT DSL). CanalSat is a satellite TV package launched in 1992. A merger between CanalSat and TPS started in 2007, and finally canceled by the Competition Authority in 2011. With CanalSat, the utilization of the card pairing (QEV) technology allow access to many channels such as, Eurosport, Paris Premiere or LCI.