Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 364 on 7 May 2021

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Xavier Niel ups his interest in Francophone Africa – buying production house in Cote d’Ivoire and expanding streaming with Molotov

7 May 2021

French telecoms and media billionaire Xavier Niel is increasing his focus on Francophone Africa. According to Allo Forfait, he is finalizing his latest purchase of a production house in Cote d’Ivoire and will appoint an Africa broadcast veteran to oversee this push. He is also one of the key shareholders in Molotov, a French streaming platform that is also focusing on French-speaking Africa. Russell Southwood outlines the acquisition move and talks to Francois Le Pichon, COO, Molotov about its expansion into the continent. On the production side, Xavier Niel’s Mediawan has been slowing adding local production capacity in Africa. In…