|Country of origin||France|
|Key people||José Manuel Lara (Chairman)|
Alain Kouck (CEO)
|Revenue||€760 million Euros (2007)[ citation needed ]|
|No. of employees||2600 (as of 2010)|
|Official website|| www|
Editis is a French group of publishing companies, subsidiary of French group Vivendi. It is the second-largest French publishing group, after Hachette Livre.
Editis was created in January 2004 by the regrouping of approximately 60% of the publishing assets of Vivendi, the other part remaining with Lagardère Group.
Editis was, for 4 years (until May 2008), part of Wendel, a financial investment group which had acquired it from Investima10 (a financial ad hoc structure holding Vivendi Universal Publishing assets after Lagardère's purchase in 2003). Wendel purchased this group of publishers for about €400 million plus debt, and sold it to Planeta for about €960 million, realizing a profit.
In May 2008, Editis integrated with the Planeta Group, the main Spanish-speaking publisher. In January 2019, Vivendi reacquired Editis from Planeta for €900m.
As of 2009 [update] the main subsidiaries were:
Lagardère is an international group with operations in more than 40 countries worldwide headquartered in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The group was created in 1992 as Matra, Hachette & Lagardère and once covered a broad range of industries. It is now largely focused on the media sector, in which it is one of the world's leading companies. Headed by Arnaud Lagardère, it is now refocused around its two priority divisions: Lagardère Publishing and Lagardère Travel Retail. These two divisions are each among the world leaders in their respective businesses. Its book and electronic publishing division includes the major imprint Hachette Livre. The Lagardère Travel Retail unit includes store retail, largely in airports and railway stations. The Group’s business scope also comprises “Other Activities”, mainly including Lagardère News together with Lagardère Live Entertainment.
Hachette is a French publisher. Founded in 1826 by Louis Hachette as Brédif, the company later became L. Hachette et Compagnie, Librairie Hachette, Hachette SA and Hachette Livre in France. After acquiring an Australian publisher, Hachette Australia was created; in the UK it became Hachette UK, and its expansion into the United States became Hachette Book Group USA.
Vivendi SA is a French media conglomerate headquartered in Paris. Widely known as the owner of Universal Music Group, Groupe Canal+ and Dailymotion, the company has activities in music, television, film, video games, book publishing, tickets and video hosting services.
Arnaud Lagardère is a French businessman, the General and Managing Partner of Lagardère SCA, holding company of the Lagardère Group. He is the son of Jean-Luc Lagardère, the former chairman of Matra and Hachette.
Havas SA is a French multinational advertising and public relations company, headquartered in Paris, France. It operates in more than 100 countries and is one of the largest global advertising and communications groups in the world. Havas consists of three main operational divisions:
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François Maspero was a French author and journalist, best known as a publisher of leftist books in the 1970s. He also worked as a translator, translating the works of Joseph Conrad and John Reed, author of Ten Days that Shook the World, among others. He was awarded the Prix Décembre in 1990 for Les Passagers du Roissy-Express.
Chambers is a reference publisher formerly based in Edinburgh, Scotland, which held the property rights of the venerable W. R. Chambers Publishers.
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Publishers of English classics for the educational trade, Harrap was also known for publishing finely illustrated books by Rackham, Gooden, and others, and as the publisher of Winston Churchill.
Plon is a French book publishing company, founded in 1852 by Henri Plon and his two brothers. The Plon family were Walloons coming from Nivelles, Belgium. One of their ancestors is probably the Danish typographer Jehan Plon who lived at the end of the 16th century.
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Yannick Bolloré is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Havas, the fifth largest global communications company, a subsidiary of Bolloré Group, the business empire of his family, chaired by his father Vincent.
Bernard Fixot is a French publisher, founder and Chairman of the board of publishing house XO Editions.
Arnaud de Puyfontaine is a French businessman who has been serving as the chief executive officer of Vivendi since 2014.
Yves Michalon is a French communicator, writer and publisher. After 20 years in communication, he created the association Est Libertés in 1990, whose main aim was to support efforts to democratize Eastern Europe and support democratic political parties in Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.