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Vivendi is one of the world's biggest media companies, offering music, movies and TV, games, and more. Its Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world's biggest recorded music company, featuring artists such Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, and the Rolling Stones. Canal+ Group is a pay-TV provider in France and it has customers in Africa and Asia. It also is a major producer and distributor of motion pictures. The Vivendi property Havas is a global advertising and public relations agency. The Gameloft unit develops and produces video games with an emphasis on mobile games such as AsphaltMinion Rush, and The Oregon Trail. France, Vivendi's home country, accounts for about 30% of revenue.

Financial Performance

Vivendi's revenue is on a three-year upswing since divesting its telecommunications assets, which had accounted for more than half of the company's sales.

In 2018, Vivendi's revenue jumped about 11% to €13.9 billion, up €1.4 billion from 2017 with the addition of Havas' sales as the difference-maker. Universal Music Group's revenue rose 10% and Canal+ Group's revenue was stable in 2018 compared to 2017.

The company's net income dropped to €127 million in 2018 from €1.2 billion in 2017. It had special charges of €1.1 billion in 2018 that involved a write-down in the value of Telecom Italia shares Vivendi owned.

Vivendi had €4.5 billion in cash in 2018 compared to €2.2 billion the year before. Operations generated €1.4 billion in 2018 and investing activities provided €1.5 billion, while financing activities used €720.6 million.


Vivendi has assembled its cast and how it's ready to make music, movies, and games by launching joint initiatives between its businesses. In 2018, it added books to the mix with the Editis, the second biggest French language publishing firm.

One early joint venture brought Havas and Capitol Music Group together to found Annex Tower Creative, an agency to foster greater collaboration between artists and brands. In another, Canal+ and Universal Music France teamed up to give TV viewers the chance to tune in to the Top 14 finals. And the CanalOlympia entertainment venues in Africa benefited from the establishment of Canal+ Group on the continent and from Studiocanal films.

Universal Music Group has embraced music streaming, signing licensing agreements with more than 400 digital services around the world. In 2018, subscriptions and streaming generated about 44% of recorded music revenue.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2019 Vivendi acquired Editis, the second-largest French-language publishing group. The deal adds another market leading media company to Vivendi's portfolio.


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Firm Stats

Employer Type: Publicly Owned
Chairman, Supervisory Board: Vincent Bolloré
Vice Chairman, Supervisory Board: Philippe Bénacin
CEO: Arnaud Roy de Puyfontaine

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Lower Parel, Mumbai-400013, India
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Chiyoda-Ku, Japan
Cardiff, Wales
Barueri, Brazil
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Osasco, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Joao Das Duas Pontes, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Calgary, Canada
Montréal, Canada
Ottawa, Canada
Ancenis, France
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Argenton Sur Creuse, France
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Auch, France
Bagneres De Bigorre, France
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