Presentation

Mediawan was incorporated in December 2015 as a Special Purpose Acquisition Company

Mediawan was incorporated in December 2015 as a Special Purpose Acquisition Company(SPAC) for the purpose of acquiring one or more operating businesses or companies in the traditional and digital media content and entertainment industries in Europe.The Company was formed by Pierre- Antoine Capton, Xavier Niel and Matthieu Pigasse, and raised €250 million in April 2016 from an initial public offering on the regulated market of Euronext Paris.

In March 2017, Mediawan acquired Groupe AB and became present in the content and media industries. Founded in 1977, Groupe AB is a leading independent editor, producer and distributor of audiovisual content in French-speaking Europe. It is primarily involved in producing and distributing series, television movies, cartoons and documentaries and in editing TV channels and bundled digital services.

The group has a portfolio of 19 channels, widely distributed in Frenchspeaking Europe and Africa. Groupe AB is one of the largest and most diversified content managers in France, with about 12,000 hours of programming in library and internal production of about 80 hours per year. In 2016, Groupe AB achieved adjusted revenues and EBITDA of, respectively, €160m and €37m.

19

Channels

12000

Of programming in library

160

Revenues for 2016
Founders

Pierre-Antoine Capton

Founder

In 2002, Pierre-Antoine Capton founded 3e OEil Productions, a French audiovisual production company that he chairs as Manager (Gérant) and which is currently the largest French independent media producer.

The activities of the 3e OEil group, which in addition to 3e OEil Productions includes other entities such as Hide Park, CZ and Mondiale de Productions, involve TV production, theater production and other media production activities (cinema, music, trailers, short films, etc.). With respect to TV production, the content produced each year by the 3e OEil group increased from 50 hours in 2002 to 560 hours in 2014 with shows such as “C A Vous” which gathers around 1 million viewers every evening, and its customer base includes recognized clients such as the main French TV groups (TF1, France Télévisions, Canal+ and M6). In theater production, the activities of the 3e OEil group currently cover fifteen countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.

Through his various activities, Pierre-Antoine Capton has demonstrated his ability to successfully export certain productions of the 3e OEil group across Europe and to provide content across various distribution channels and platforms.

Xavier Niel

Founder

Xavier Niel is the founder and majority shareholder of the Iliad group, which owns leading French convergent telecom operator, Free. He currently serves as Senior Vice-President, director and Deputy-Chairman of the Board of Directors.

He is a self-taught entrepreneur and has been active in the data communications, Internet and telecommunications industry since the late 1980s. Prior to devoting himself to the Iliad group development, in 1993 he co-founded France’s first Internet service provider (ISP), Worldnet. Subsequently, after founding 3617 ANNU, the leading reverse look-up directory service on Minitel, in 1999 he went on to create Free – France’s first free-access ISP.

Xavier Niel was the architect behind the 2002 launch of the Freebox – the first multi-services box providing households with access to a triple play offering (Internet, telephone and television). He has also been the inspiration behind the group’s major strategic developments, including its current rollout of the 4G mobile network in France and its mobile offerings which were launched on January 10, 2012. The strategy of the Iliad group proved successful as (i) its total number of subscribers increased from 10.6 million in December 2012 to 17.8 million in December 2015, thus representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% over the period, and (ii) in the long-time oligopoly environment of French mobile operators, Free Mobile’s market share grew from 0% in 2011 to 17% in December 2015.

In parallel, for many years Xavier Niel has invested considerably in web start-ups. In March 2010 he set up his own investment fund, Kima Ventures, one of the world’s most active early-stage investors, which invests in 50 to 100 start-ups a year throughout the world. In addition, since 2010 he has held an ownership interest in the Le Monde newspaper, alongside Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse. Since summer 2014, Mr. Xavier Niel, Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse have also been the joint owners of the French weekly magazine L’Obs.

In March 2013, Mr. Niel created “42” – a revolutionary IT school which strives to train large numbers of computer specialists required by innovative companies. 42 is based on the “peer-to-peer learning” strategy and offers free training, which is open to all 18 to 30 year-olds. In September 2013, Xavier Niel announced the opening in early 2017 of the world’s largest start-up digital incubator – “1000 start-ups @la Halle Freyssinet” – which will be located in the Halle Freyssinet building in Paris.

Mr. Niel has also invested in the telecommunications sector for many years in a personal capacity through NJJ Holding. He acquired a 55% stake in Monaco Telecom in 2014 and Orange Switzerland (now renamed Salt) in February 2015.

Matthieu Pigasse

Founder

Mr. Matthieu Pigasse, who currently serves as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Sovereign Advisory of Lazard Group and CEO of Lazard France, has developed a strong financial expertise and worked on the largest transactions led by the Lazard Group in recent years.

Through his personal investments, Matthieu Pigasse developed a deep understanding of the media sector. In 2009, he purchased the magazine Les Inrockuptibles of which he is chairman of the board of directors. Along with Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse became co-owner of the newspaper Le Monde in 2010 and of the French weekly magazine L’Obs in 2014. In 2012, he launched the French edition of the “Huffington Post” website. In 2015, he acquired Radio Nova. He is also a significant shareholder in a number of other media like Melty Group and VICE France. In 2015, he was appointed Chairman of one of the largest rock festival in Europe: Les Eurockéennes de Belfort, gathering over 100,000 people every summer.

Mr. Pigasse was also Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s technical adviser in 1998 before joining, one year later, Laurent Fabius’ cabinet as a financial and industrial advisor. As a former Chief of Staff of the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Matthieu Pigasse has an intimate knowledge of the public sector as well as the European Regulations.

Our Team
Pierre-Antoine Capton
Président du Directoire
Orla Noonan
Directrice générale de Groupe AB et membre du comité stratégique Mediawan
Guillaume Izabel
Directeur administratif et financier
Maxime Guichot-Pérere
Directeur financier adjoint
Charlotte Margueritte
Responsable juridique
Anne-Claire Telle
Responsable administrative
Key figures

Revenues

Channels & Broadcasting : 107M€

66%

Production & Distribution : 53M€

34%

Total : 160 M€

EBITDA (1)

Channels & Broadcasting : 12M€

32%

Production & Distribution : 25M€

68%

Total : 37 M€

(1) EBITDA after amortisation of programming rights

Supervisory Board

Pierre Lescure

Chairman

70 years old, is a member and the Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory board. Mr. Lescure is a journalist and a businessman who assumes responsibilities in several major groups. He currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Président-directeur général) of AnnaRose Production SAS and Lescure Farrugia Associés. In addition, Pierre Lescure is Chairman (Président) at Le Festival De Cannes and Molotov SAS. He is also a Director (Administrateur) at Kudelski SA. He has been the Chairman of the Supervisory board of the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) football club. He has also been a member of the Supervisory board at Lagardère SCA since March 22, 2000, Le Monde SA, DTS Distribuidora de Televisión Digital SA and Prisa Television SAU. Mr. Lescure began his career in journalism, holding a variety of positions in French radio and television from 1965 to 1984. He first started his career at the radio station RTL, then moved to RMC and Europe 1. He is well-known for having found the TV music show Les Enfants du rock broadcast on public television from 1981 to 1988. In 1984, he participated with André Rousselet in the launch of France first private TV channel, Canal+. From 1984 to April 2002, he held several positions with Canal+ Group and its affiliates, including CEO of Canal+ Group in 1994. From 2001 to April 2002, Pierre Lescure served as Co-Chief Operating Officer of Vivendi Universal, where he was in charge of its television and film business unit. Then, he was employed as Senior Advisor of LongAcre Partners. In 2012, Pierre Lescure was appointed by the President of the Republic to head the commission on the future of Hadopi. Mr. Lescure holds a Degree in Literature and Journalism from Centre de formation des journalistes in Paris.

Xavier Niel

48 years old, is a member of the Supervisory board. Xavier Niel is also the founder and major shareholder of the Iliad group, which owns leading French convergent telecom operator, and where he currently serves as Senior Vice-President, director and Deputy-Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is a self-taught entrepreneur and has been active in the data communications, Internet and telecommunications industry since the late 1980s. Prior to devoting himself to the Iliad group development, in 1993 he co-founded France’s first Internet service provider (ISP), Worldnet. Subsequently, after founding 3617 ANNU, the leading reverse look-up directory service on Minitel, in 1999 he went on to create Free – France’s first free-access ISP. He is also Chairman (Président) of NJJ Holding which holds and chairs NJJ Presse. Mr. Niel was the architect behind the 2002 launch of the Freebox – the first multi-services box providing households with access to a triple play offering (Internet, telephone and television). He has also been the inspiration behind the group’s major strategic developments, including its current rollout of the 4G mobile network in France and its mobile offerings which were launched on January 10, 2012. The strategy of the Iliad group proved successful as (i) its total number of subscribers increased from 10.6 million in December 2012 to 17.8 million in December 2015, thus representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19% over the period, and (ii) in the long-time oligopoly environment of French mobile operators, Free Mobile’s market share grew from 0% in 2011 to 17% in December 2015. In parallel, for many years Mr. Niel has invested considerably in web start-ups. In March 2010 he set up his own investment fund – Kima Ventures, one of the world’s most active early-stage investors, which invests in 50 to 100 start-ups a year throughout the world. In addition, since 2010 he has held an ownership interest in the Le Monde newspaper, alongside Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse. Since the summer of 2014, Mr. Xavier Niel, Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Matthieu Pigasse have also been the joint owners of the French weekly magazine L’Obs. In March 2013, Mr. Niel created 42 – a revolutionary IT school which strives to train large numbers of computer specialists required by innovative companies. 42 is based on the “peer-to-peer learning” strategy and offers free training, which is open to all 18 to 30 year-olds. In September 2013, Xavier Niel announced the opening in early 2017 of the world’s largest digital incubator – “1000 start-ups @la Halle Freyssinet” – which will be located in the Halle Freyssinet building in Paris. Mr. Niel has also invested in the telecommunications sector for many years in a personal capacity through NJJ Holding. He acquired a 55% stake in Monaco Telecom in 2014 and Orange Switzerland (now renamed Salt) in February 2015

Matthieu Pigasse

47 years old, is a member of the Supervisory board. Mr. Matthieu Pigasse, who currently also serves as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Sovereign Advisory of Lazard Group and CEO of Lazard France, has developed a strong financial expertise and worked on the largest recent M&A transactions worldwide and on the largest sovereign debt restructurings including Argentina, Iraq, Greece and Ukraine. Moreover, Mr. Pigasse is also the Chairman (Président) of Les Nouvelles Editions Indépendantes (LNEI), of which he owns 99.89% of the share capital. Through his personal investments, Matthieu Pigasse developed a deep understanding of the media sector. In 2009, he purchased the weekly magazine Les Inrockuptibles of which he is chairman of the board of directors. Along with Mr. Pierre Bergé and Mr. Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse became co-owner of Le Monde Group (which controls the daily newspaper, its digital editions, and various magazines) in 2010 and of the French weekly magazine L’Obs in 2014. In 2012, he launched the French edition of the “Huffington Post” website. In 2015 he announced the acquisition of Radio Nova and in 2016 he announced the acquisition of a shareholding in VICE France. Mr. Pigasse was the financial and industrial advisor to the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, from 1997 to 1999, before joining, one year later, Laurent Fabius’ cabinet, then Minister of Economy and Finance, as Chief of Staff. As a former Chief of Staff of the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Matthieu Pigasse has an intimate knowledge of the public sector as well as the European regulations. He graduated from Ecole Nationale d’Administration.

Rodolphe Belmer

Deputy Chairman

46 years old, is a member of the Supervisory board. Rodolphe Belmer currently also serves as CEO (Directeur général) of Eutelsat, a leading satellite operator in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since March 2016. He joined Eutelsat on December 2015 as Deputy CEO (Directeur général délégué). In 2001, Mr. Belmer joined Groupe Canal+ where he was appointed Head of Marketing and Strategy in 2002. From 2003 onwards he oversaw the editorial division of the group, initially as CEO (Directeur général) of Canal+, and from 2006 onwards, as head of all pay-TV channels. He led the diversification of the group into free-to-air television in 2011, notably through the acquisition and relaunch of D8 and D17. In 2012, he was appointed CEO (Directeur général) of Groupe Canal+. Rodolphe Belmer began his career at Procter & Gamble France before joining McKinsey in 1998. Mr. Belmer is a graduate of France’s HEC Business School

Andrea Scrosati

44 years old, is a member of the Supervisory board. Andrea Scrosati also serves as Sky Italia’s Executive Vice President Programming since 2013 with responsibility over all programming excluding sports. His responsibility includes also the all news channel SkyTg24, the free to air channels Channel 8 and Cielo and all the original productions (scripted/unscripted) of Sky Italia. Mr. Scrosati joined Sky Italia in 2007 as the Vice President of Corporate & Market Communication. He was appointed Vice President of Programming & Promotions in 2010 and finally Executive Vice President of Cinema Entertainment & Third Party Channels. Prior to joining Sky Italia, Mr. Scrosati worked within the marketing and communications sector starting in 1991. Following three years as a national spokesman for a Parliamentary group, he was the Marketing Director of one of Italy's leading television and events production companies. In 1997, he established his own public relations agency, that within a few years became the leading practice in the media sector and among the top 5 Italian firms for turnover and clientele. He consulted for some of the leading Italian and international companies, for Italian political leaders, for Italian and foreign institutions and for dozens of celebrities in the Italian and worldwide show business.

Cécile Cabanis

44 years old, is a member of the Supervisory board. Since January 2015, Cécile Cabanis also serves as Chief Financial Officer (Directrice Générale Finances) and as a member of the Executive Committee (membre du Comité Exécutif) of Danone. Mrs. Cabanis joined Danone as Corporate Finance Director in 2004. In 2005, she was appointed Head of Corporate Development and in 2008 became Financial Vice-President of Dairy Western Europe. In September 2010, Cécile Cabanis was appointed Financial Vice-President of the Fresh Dairy Products division. Cécile Cabanis began her career in 1995 with L’Oréal in South Africa as Logistics Manager and Financial Controller before moving to France as Internal Auditor. In 2000, she was appointed Deputy Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at France Télécom. Mrs. Cabanis is a graduate of the engineering school Agro Paris Grignon (now called AgroParis Tech).

Julien Codorniou

37 years old, is a member of the Supervisory board. Julien Codorniou serves as Director of Facebook at Work, managing the growth of this new initiative, out of London. He joined Facebook in 2011 to manage the gaming team in EMEA and was recently leading the Global Platform Partnerships team, helping Facebook partners to build, grow and monetize their apps with Platform (media, ecommerce, Utilities, etc..). Before Facebook he was the director of business development at Microsoft Corp where he launched the BizSpark program. In addition, Mr. Codorniou is a Venture Advisor at Felix Capital Partners. He is a member of the Supervisory board at Le Monde. Previously, Mr. Codorniou served several strategic positions at Microsoft, first in France (2005) where he was responsible for partnerships with French software publishers and startups. Afterwards, he joined Microsoft’s headquarters in 2008 to launch the BizSpark program for startups. Since 2010, he was employed as the Head of Development and Partnerships for Microsoft France at Microsoft Corporation. Mr. Codorniou began his career with ETF Group France as Business Analyst. Then, he joined Ernst & Young LLP as an Auditor for software industry clients. Mr. Codorniou is a graduate of Skema Business School and the University of San Diego.