A+E Networks and France’s Canal+ have entered into a strategic relationship that will see the two companies launching multiple channels, with exclusive access to the A+E factual entertainment catalog, via the Planete+ factual channel group in the second half of this year.
The partnership, announced today (April 9) will also see A+E continue to distribute its content via the D18 and D19 channels, and the two parties will also collaborate to develop digital opportunities in France.
“A+E Networks operates leading global Pay TV brands, and we are very pleased to form this partnership with Canal+, the preeminent media group in France,” said Dean Possenniskie, managing director, EMEA, A+E Networks, in a statement. “We have enjoyed a successful content relationship across D8 and the Planete+ channels, and we believe this new partnership will create significant growth opportunities for both companies.”
“This agreement will enable us to significantly enhance our offer of programs and promote one of the best international factual and entertainment brands to our subscribers,” added Olivier Stroh, director of factual theme-based channels for Canal+. “This is a natural alliance between two companies that have been dedicated to ambitious publishing of content for many years.”
The partnership with Canal+ completes A+E Networks’ Western European footprint, with the media company currently operating 57 channels outside of the U.S. in over 150 territories. The Cana;+ Group has a total subscriber base of 14.3 million, including international operations in Africa, Poland and Vietnam.