Official Journal of the European Union

C 65/6

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.3757 — 3i/Providence/Crown Entertainment)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(2005/C 65/06)

(Text with EEA relevance)


On 9 March 2005 the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertakings 3i Group (‘3i’, UK) and Providence Equity Offshore Partners IV (‘Providence’, USA) acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation joint control of the undertakings Crown Entertainment (UK) and Crown Media International (USA) by way of purchase of shares.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for 3i: international private equity house,

for Providence: global private investment firm specializing in media and communications companies,

for Crown Entertainment and Crown Media International: compile and distribute the Hallmark branded pay-TV channels.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 139/2004. However, the final decision on this point is reserved. Pursuant to the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (2) it should be noted that this case is a candidate for treatment under the procedure set out in the Notice.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (No (32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.3757 — 3i/Providence/Crown Entertainment, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition,

Merger Registry


B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.

(2)  Available on DG COMP website: