Why the Bollorés' Vivendi-Havas merger has echoes of another media dealmaking dynasty
Why the Bollorés' Vivendi-Havas merger has echoes of another media dealmaking dynasty
Two media dynasties. One selling, one wants to buy. The reasons for them doing so are broadly similar (consolidation and the ability to compete in global markets – of which more later), but the outcomes may be different.

First of all, the news that Vivendi, the media giant which owns Universal film studios and Universal Music, as well as TV stations like Canal+, is buying 60% of marcomms group Havas (owner of Havas, Victors & Spoils, FullSix, Arena, Arnold, H4B, Work Club and many others across the globe) for €9.25 a share. This values the deal at over €2.3bn and the whole of Havas at €3.9bn, an 8.8% premium over the value of the shares at the close of trading following the announcement.

“Alexa? What does the growth of Voice Recognition Software mean for the marcomms industry?”
“Alexa? What does the growth of Voice Recognition Software mean for the marcomms industry?”
The huge success of Amazon’s Alexa device, and the growth of voice recognition software (VRS) in general, throws up a number of very interesting conundrums for the marcomms industry – and for search in particular.

It’s now becoming clear that in the same way communication has moved from the desk/laptop to mobile devices like tablets, mobiles and wearables, the way we interact with our devices is moving away from the keyboard and the touchscreen to the microphone.

Why one newspaper’s reporting could change the face of digital media
Why one newspaper’s reporting could change the face of digital media
Proper investigative journalism is, in these straitened times for newspaper publishers, sadly something of a rarity at the moment.

There have been examples in recent times – The Guardian’s expose of phone-hacking, the Telegraph’s campaign on MPs’ expenses and Private Eye’s often fearless investigations into corruption and incompetence – but carefully-researched stories and campaigns that really change things are a comparative rarity these days.

Green Square at The Drum Business Jam Manchester: Surfing the Tsunami March 2017
Green Square at The Drum Business Jam Manchester: Surfing the Tsunami March 2017
Tony Walford was delighted to join The Drum Business Jam Manchester March event "Make profits, capture the latest creative trends and following on from Brexit".

R&D Venture Partners in coordination with partner Green Square advises Pricing Solutions on its sale to iris Worldwide
R&D Venture Partners in coordination with partner Green Square advises Pricing Solutions on its sale to iris Worldwide
R&D Venture Partners with partner Green Square are delighted to have advised Canadian based pricing specialist agency Pricing Solutions on its acquisition by iris Worldwide.

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