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Marathon Group and De Agostini join forces to build a European leader in audiovisual production



Last July, De Agostini bought the stakes of Bridgepoint in the capital of Marathon Group (which reunites the Télé Images companies - Télé Images Création, GTV, Télé Images Kids, Télé Images International, & Associés, Studio, Dramatik, Thalie Images - in addition to Marathon, Marathon Media and ALP).

Marathon Group remains chaired by Pascal Breton, aided by Vincent Chalvon-Demersay, Chairman of Marathon Media, and Denis Mermet, Chairman of ALP. Nicolas Coppermann (drama), Franck Firmin Guion (entertainment), David Michel (Animation) and Laurent Boissel (Finance) will also lead Marathon Group. Paolo Ceretti (General Manager of De Agostini S.p.A.) will be the chairman of the Supervisory Board.

De Agostini, a major European conglomerate active in publishing, gaming, media and communications and Marathon Group, France's number-two audiovisual group, will join forces to create a European leader in audiovisual co-production, with a presence in drama, animation and entertainment.
The holding of the new group will be based in Paris.

Marathon will consolidate its international positioning with its new partner, which is firmly anchored in more than 30 countries and is determined to expand internationally, according to a policy which respects the unique qualities of its partners and enhances the group's cultural diversity. Each of Marathon Group companies will stand by the editorial policy and corporate culture that have underpinned the success of the company.