Paris, 21 May 2015 – Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Chief Executive Officer of French integrated media and content group Vivendi, is to deliver a keynote interview at Midem 2015, the leading industry event that unites the entire music ecosystem.

The keynote will be part of Midem Talks, Midem’s plenary conference programme, and will take place on Saturday 6 June.

Vivendi is a world leader in music through its subsidiary Universal Music Group, and a European leader in filmed entertainment and the French leader in pay-television through the Canal+ Group, which includes Studiocanal. The group’s division Vivendi Village includes Vivendi Ticketing, Wengo, Watchever, and the Paris concert hall L’Olympia. Last month, Vivendi and Orange announced that they entered into exclusive negotiations for the acquisition by Vivendi of an 80% stake in online video-sharing website Dailymotion.

Present across the entire value chain, from the discovery of talent to the creation, production and distribution of content, Vivendi is ideally placed to profit from the convergence in consumption modes for musical and audiovisual content being driven by the new digital ecosystem.

“We are in the midst of a fascinating period of transformation with the convergence between content, platforms and consumer usage. As a global media player with very strong positions in music, television and cinema, Vivendi is at the heart of this evolution. While the paradigms may change, the power of music remains untouched: creating emotions and sharing people’s feelings in their daily life,” said Arnaud de Puyfontaine.

Arnaud de Puyfontaine joined Vivendi in January 2014 as a member of the Management Board and Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Vivendi’s media and content activities. He previously worked in publishing, notably as Executive Director of leading French daily Le Figaro, for the magazine group Emap France, the Italian giant Mondadori Group, and the Hearst Group. He was appointed Chairman of the Vivendi Management Board and Chief Executive Officer in June 2014.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome Arnaud de Puyfontaine as keynote speaker at Midem 2015. His viewpoint chimes with Midem 2015’s theme of convergence. Once an industry buzzword, convergence is now an inescapable reality. Music is at the forefront of this shift through new business models which disrupt consumer habits while bringing additional revenue opportunities for the industry. Vivendi encapsulates this change, and is therefore an important partner for Midem,” said Bruno Crolot, Director of Music Markets at Reed MIDEM, organiser of Midem.

Vivendi is Midem’s Innovation Partner and, as such, is sponsor of the Midemlab Music Discovery, Recommendation and Creation category, and co-organiser with Midem of the Innovation Lunch and Cocktail to introduce startups participating in the Midemlab competition to top Vivendi executives.

Vivendi is also a partner of Midem Talks with – the platform for debate on the main issues and opportunities faced by the creative industries in the digital era. The current debate, headlined “The digital era: springboard or smoke screen for talents?” includes an interview with Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group.


About Midem – Midem is the leading international b2b event dedicated to the new music ecosystem, with a market, conferences, competitions, networking events and a festival. It’s the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands & talents come together to enrich the passionate relationship between people & music, transform audience engagement and form new business connections.