Discovery, TF1 in talks to forge strategic alliance

Discovery Communications and France's TF1 Group say a potential pact could drive growth of the Eurosport network, enhance both companies' French pay-TV offerings, and create a "mutually beneficial" production relationship.
November 14, 2012

France’s TF1 Group and U.S. company Discovery Communications have entered into exclusive negotiations for a strategic alliance.

According to a brief statement issued by Discovery, the partnership would be geared towards “driving the growth” of sports network Eurosport, which is a division of TF1 Group; enhancing the pay-TV offerings of both companies in France; and “developing a mutually beneficial content production relationship.”

The statement acknowledged that the alliance “would include investments by Discovery in some of these key businesses,” but offered no further details.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Discovery is planning to pay “several hundred million dollars” for a minority stake in Eurosport, but that the company has no intention of producing sports content, according to sources. A spokesperson for Discovery Communications told realscreen there was no further comment to be made beyond its initial statement.

Eurosport is currently in 130 million households in Europe. Besides Eurosport, TF1 Group’s pay-TV offerings include TV Breizh, Ushuaïa TV, Histoire, Stylía and LCI.


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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.