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closed 2/24/2020 via BNC Analysis

Riki Group, acquired Aeroplane Productions

synopsis: Leading Russian animation company Riki Group (Kikoriki) has acquired a controlling interest and consolidation of 100% of the shares of Aeroplane Productions. Aeroplane Productions, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia, specializes in the production of cultural and commercial projects that feature high quality animation.
buyer: Riki Group
Riki Group is a leading animation holding in Russia, specializing in creation, management, licensing and promotion of media brands for a family audience in Russia, CIS States and territory of the European Union. "
target: Aeroplane Productions
Aeroplane Productions, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia, specializes in the production of cultural and commercial projects that feature high quality animation.
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closed 12/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Studio 100, acquired Little Airplane Productions Inc.

synopsis: Studio 100, a Belgian family entertainment company, has acquired Little Airplane Productions, an animation studio that produces preschool television programs. Little Airplane Productions is known for series such as Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes, Super Wings and P. King Duckling, all original productions created for broadcasters around the world.
buyer: Studio 100
Studio 100 was founded in 1996 as a small TV production company. Since then they have continued to pursue the same goal: to produce content which is engaging, entertaining and educational for children and their parents. "
target: Little Airplane Productions Inc.
Little Airplane Productions is an Emmy-winning animation studio that produces preschool television programs. The company is known for series such as Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes, Super Wings and P. King Duckling, all original productions created for broadcasters around the world.
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Koch Media, acquired Sola Media

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Sola Media through THQ Nordic subsidiary, Koch Film. One of the leading companies in its field, Sola Media has been operating in the international arena since 2004, selling some of the most beloved children & family films across the globe, and specializing in high-quality animated features for the big screen.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Koch Media
Austria-based Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: Sola Media
One of the leading companies in its field, Sola Media has been operating in the international arena since 2004, selling some of the most beloved children & family films across the globe, and specializing in high-quality animated features for the big screen. They are based in Germany.
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$2.68
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closed 7/30/2020 via Yahoo, Inc.

Moonbug, acquired Cocomelon

synopsis: Cocomelon, the YouTube children’s animated nursery rhymes and songs channel that is one of the platform’s most-viewed channel with over 3.3 billion average monthly views, has been acquired by Moonbug Entertainment.
buyer: Moonbug
Moonbug is a global entertainment company providing fun and safe content for children. Moonbug develops and distributes age-appropriate content that encourages healthy values such as compassion, empathy and resilience, while teaching children fundamental life skills. "
target: Cocomelon
Cocomelon is a YouTube children’s animated nursery rhymes and songs channel that is one of the platform’s most-viewed channel with over 3.3 billion average monthly views
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closed 2/6/2020 via PR Newswire

Relish Interactive, acquired Rocket Cartoons

synopsis: Relish Interactive, an award-winning Canadian digital studio, has acquired Rocket Cartoons, an indie animation studio in Costa Rica. Rocket Cartoons is the main producer of animated entertainment content for kids in Central America. Their original productions include Super Punch, Cocoland, Kip Van Creepy, Terror in Doomsville and more.
buyer: Relish Interactive
Relish Interactive is an award-winning Canadian digital studio. Relish Interactive mixes storytelling and animation with technical magic to create immersive experiences for any platform. From apps and games to film and TV, their work connects brands with audiences in unforgettable ways. "
target: Rocket Cartoons
Rocket Cartoons is an indie animation studio in Costa Rica. Rocket Cartoons is the main producer of animated entertainment content for kids in Central America. Their original productions include Super Punch, Cocoland, Kip Van Creepy, Terror in Doomsville and more.
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closed 11/27/2018 via BNC Analysis

Digital Television Russia, acquired Parovoz LLC

synopsis: Digital Television Russia (DTR), a Russian media company focused on thematic TV, has acquired a 51% stake in Parovoz, one of Russia's largest animation studios. Parovoz combines traditional animation with modern technologies to produce animated series and feature films. Their series include Be-be-bears, Paper Tales, Magic Lantern and more.
buyer parent: All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company
buyer: Digital Television Russia
Digital Television Russia (DTR) is a Russian media company focused on thematic TV. DTR delivers audiovisual content to TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, and movie theaters. DTR operates 19 channels that offer various genres, including entertainment, educational, drama, documentary and more. "
target: Parovoz LLC
Parovoz is one of Russia's largest animation studios. Parovoz combines traditional animation with modern technologies to produce animated series and feature films. Their series include Be-be-bears, Paper Tales, Magic Lantern, Leo and Tig, Fantasy Patrol, Heroes of Envell and more.
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closed 11/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

Aardman Animations Limited, acquired Aardman Animations Limited

synopsis: Aardman Animation, the stop-motion studio behind the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit shorts and Chicken Run, has brokered a new deal that puts ownership of the studio in the hands of its employees. Peter Lord and David Sproxton, who started the company, have ordered 75% of shares placed into a trust, where they will be held for Aardman’s workers.
buyer: Aardman Animations Limited
Aardman Animations Limited produces animation and theatrical feature films. It also produces TV series and short films, and works for broadcast and advertising spots. Aardman is best known for creating Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. "
target: Aardman Animations Limited
Aardman Animations Limited produces animation and theatrical feature films. It also produces TV series and short films, and works for broadcast and advertising spots. Aardman is best known for creating Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.
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closed 5/30/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Grom Social, purchased Bonnie Boat & Friends from Raise TV

synopsis: Grom Social Enterprises, an innovative leader in providing original social media content to children, has acquired the Bonnie Boat & Friends brand from Raise TV, an inspirational children’s network. Bonnie Boat & Friends is an animated short that teaches children the importance of friendship, teamwork, sharing and caring for one another.
buyer: Grom Social (OTCPK:GRMM:$6.16)
Grom Social is a safe social media platform for kids between the ages of five and 16. Grom allows kids to have the opportunity to create a profile, make friends, chat and share content. Grom offers videos, games, photos and Fan Pages that range from good digital citizenship to DIY projects and more."
seller: Raise TV
Bonnie Boat & Friends is an animated short that teaches children the importance of friendship, teamwork, sharing and caring for one another. Bonnie Boat & Friends belongs to Raise TV, an inspirational children’s network that offers original faith-based series programming.
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closed 5/16/2018 via Company Press Release

Mediawan S.A., acquired ON Kids & Family

synopsis: Mediawan, an independent European audiovisual content platform, is continuing its development by acquiring ON Kids & Family, a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in television and motion picture production for kids & family.
buyer: Mediawan S.A. (ENXTPA:MDW:$570.79)
Mediawan is a ‘Special Purpose Acquisition Company’ (SPAC) created to acquire one or more operating businesses with an intention to focus on “target businesses or companies with principal operations in the traditional and digital media content and entertainment industries in Europe”. "
target: ON Kids & Family
ON Kids & Family is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in television and motion picture production for kids & family, including CGI animated feature films (The Little Prince) and television series (Miraculous Ladybug) meant for audiences around the world.
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closed 1/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

Emerald Media, acquired Cosmos-Maya

synopsis: Emerald Media, a pan-Asian platform established by KKR to invest in the fast-growing media and entertainment industries across Asia, has acquired a majority stake in Cosmos-Maya, Asia’s leading animation production studio that produces high-quality 3D as well as 2D animation content.
buyer parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
buyer: Emerald Media
Emerald Media is a pan-Asian platform established by KKR to invest in the fast-growing media and entertainment industries across Asia. Emerald Media primarily focuses on providing growth capital to media, entertainment and digital media companies. "
target: Cosmos-Maya
Cosmos-Maya is Asia’s leading animation production studio that produces high-quality 3D as well as 2D animation content. Cosmos-Maya produces around 600 minutes (30 half hours) of animation on a monthly basis and has produced over 20000 minutes of original animated content.
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announced 10/1/2017 via Reuters

Bain Capital, will acquire Asatsu-DK, Inc.

synopsis: U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital aims to buy advertising agency, Asatsu-DK Inc. Headquartered in Tokyo, the firm is Japan's third largest advertising agency after Dentsu and Hakuhodo. The agency has 80 offices in over 20 countries.
buyer: Bain Capital
Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading private multi-asset alternative investment firms with more than $75 billion in assets under management that creates lasting impact for their investors, teams, businesses and the communities in which they live. "
target: Asatsu-DK, Inc. (TSE:9747:$3,108.59)
Asatsu-DK Inc. is a Japanese advertising agency. Headquartered in the Toranomon Hills building complex in Minato, Tokyo since June 2014, the firm is Japan's third largest advertising agency after Dentsu and Hakuhodo. The agency has 80 offices in over 20 countries.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,356 [$1,193]
rev ($mm)
$3,120
EBITDA ($mm)
$68
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0.0x
closed 8/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Factory, acquired Rollo Rights Limited

synopsis: Manchester-based, BAFTA-winning animation studio Factory has acquired Rollo Rights, and will be developing their own IP under its new licensing division Factory Rights. Rollo Rights Limited, based in Hertford, UK, distributes animated films. Their catalog includes Rupert Fawcett’s Off The Leash and David McKee’s Mr Benn, and more.
buyer: Factory
Factory is an independent, innovative, multi-genre animation studio working in broadcast and advertising. Factory has developed a reputation as a world leader in the design and collaborative development of immersive entertainment. "
target: Rollo Rights Limited
Rollo Rights Limited, based in Hertford, UK, distributes animated films. Their catalog includes Rupert Fawcett’s Off The Leash and David McKee’s Mr Benn, as well as King Rollo, Victor & Maria, Towser, Watt the Devil, Art, Ric, and Dr Xargle.
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closed 3/8/2017 via Company Press Release

Kaiken Entertainment Ltd, purchased Animation Studio and Publishing business from Rovio Entertainment ltd.

synopsis: Kaiken Entertainment, a entertainment company specializing in storytelling through film, apps, streaming video and publishing, has purchased Rovio's TV animation studio in Vancouver and Rovio's book publishing business. The two assets have made a variety of animations and books about Rovio's most well know franchise, Angry Birds.
buyer: Kaiken Entertainment Ltd
Kaiken Entertainment is an entertainment company based out of Los Angeles, Helsinki and Vancouver specializing in storytelling through TV, film, digital products and publishing with a team that has achieved the impossible many times over. "
seller: Rovio Entertainment ltd. (HLSE:ROVIO:$323.62)
Rovio is a entertainment media company. Their most well know product is the Angry Birds mobile app game. They own an animation studio and publishing buisness which have expanded the Angry Birds universe by creating a variety of cartoons and fictional books for the franchise.
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closed 8/3/2016 via Company Press Release

Boat Rocker Media, acquired Jam Filled Entertainment Inc.

synopsis: Boat Rocker Media, a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium content and brands, continues to make strategic investments to grow its family and kids content with the acquisition of Jam Filled Entertainment, a leading full service animation company in Canada. With a focus on premium 2D content.
buyer: Boat Rocker Media
Boat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms and develops brands and IP for worldwide monetization. "
target: Jam Filled Entertainment Inc.
Founded in 2008, Jam Filled Entertainment is a full-service digital animation studio headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, providing quality work from concept to animation.
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closed 4/27/2016 via Company Press Release

Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc., acquired Silvergate Media

synopsis: Shamrock Capital Advisors has acquired a majority stake in Silvergate Media to expand Silvergate’s intellectual property, library rights and digital capabilities. Silvergate develops and produces world-class content built to inspire, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through innovative storytelling, great products and strong partnerships.
buyer: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
Shamrock Capital Advisors is a Los Angeles based private equity firm with a rich history of investing in the media, entertainment and communications sectors. They use their proprietary network of relationships and deep industry vertical knowledge to identify companies with potential for investment. "
target: Silvergate Media
Silvergate Media is a highly creative TV production and licensing company, driven by big ideas and big collaborations. Our mission is to develop world-class children’s brands which inspire, entertain, educate and engage through innovative content, great products and strong partnerships.
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closed 9/23/2015 via BNC Analysis

Aardman Animations Limited, acquired Nathan Love

synopsis: Aardman Animation, the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, is to make its first international expansion by taking a majority stake in New York-based animation studio Nathan Love. Through the deal, Aardman will set up its first permanent production facility outside the UK.
buyer: Aardman Animations Limited
Aardman Animations Limited produces animation and theatrical feature films. It also produces TV series and short films, and works for broadcast and advertising spots. Aardman is best known for creating Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. "
target: Nathan Love
Driven by a passion to tell great stories and connect with audiences around the globe, Nathan Love develops memorable characters, imaginative worlds, and engaging narratives for television, film, interactive and more.
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announced 10/13/2014 via BNC Analysis

Toonz Media Group, will acquire Imira Entertainment

synopsis: India's Toonz Entertainment has agreed to acquire Spain's Imira Entertainment, a producer-distributor of kids content. Imira is behind such series as Sandra the Fairytale Detective and Lucky Fred. Toonz Entertainment will take full ownership of Imira, subject to due diligence.
buyer: Toonz Media Group
Toonz Media Group is a group of companies that offer production services in animation. The companies include Toonz Animation, one of the biggest animation production houses in South Asia, Toonz Digital, a web and game developer, and Toonz Academy, a top animation school in Kerala. "
target: Imira Entertainment
Imira Entertainment is a leading Spanish company in the production and international distribution of animation and fiction series and films for children and adolescents, specializing in digital contents.
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closed 7/25/2014 via BNC Analysis

Cake Entertainment Limited, acquired Cake Entertainment Limited

synopsis: The management of U.K.-based kids company CAKE Entertainment has bought back the 51 percent stake previously owned by Spain’s Zinkia. CAKE is one of the world's leading kids' and family entertainment distributors.
buyer: Cake Entertainment Limited
CAKE is one of the world's leading kids' and family entertainment distributors. Since 2002, the London-based company has worked with animation and live-action producers from around the world to develop, co-produce, commercially position and manage their IP propositions for international market. "
target parent: Zinkia Entertainment
target: Cake Entertainment Limited
CAKE is one of the world's leading kids' and family entertainment distributors. Since 2002, the London-based company has worked with animation and live-action producers from around the world to develop, co-produce, commercially position and manage their IP propositions for international market.
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announced 1/29/2014 via BNC Analysis

Nippon TV Holdings, will acquire Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Nippon TV Holdings has announced its agreement to acquire Tatsunoko Production, a Takara Tomy Group company. Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962.
buyer: Nippon TV Holdings (TSE:9404:$3,175.77)
Nippon Television Holdings is a holding company that manages and operates broadcast companies in the group, through ownership of shares and stocks. The company was founded in 1952 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. "
target parent: Takara Tomy Company, Ltd.
target: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.
Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962.
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closed 1/6/2014 via PR Newswire

Corus Entertainment, Inc., acquired TELETOON Network

synopsis: Corus Entertainment Inc. announced that the Company closed its acquisition of the specialty television services Historia, Séries+ and the remaining 50% of TELETOON Canada Inc.
buyer: Corus Entertainment, Inc. (TSX:CJR.B:$1,254.86)
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. "
target parent: BCE, Inc.
target: TELETOON Network
TELETOON television network is Canada's first and only 24-hour animation network with programming for audiences of all ages. With English- and French- language services, the network offers viewers classic cartoons and new animation from Canada and around the world.
price ($mm)
$454
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EBITDA ($mm)
$48
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9.4x
closed 2/24/2020 via BNC Analysis

Riki Group, acquired Aeroplane Productions

synopsis: Leading Russian animation company Riki Group (Kikoriki) has acquired a controlling interest and consolidation of 100% of the shares of Aeroplane Productions. Aeroplane Productions, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia, specializes in the production of cultural and commercial projects that feature high quality animation.
buyer: Riki Group
Riki Group is a leading animation holding in Russia, specializing in creation, management, licensing and promotion of media brands for a family audience in Russia, CIS States and territory of the European Union. "
target: Aeroplane Productions
Aeroplane Productions, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia, specializes in the production of cultural and commercial projects that feature high quality animation.
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closed 2/24/2020 via BNC Analysis

Riki Group, acquired Aeroplane Productions

synopsis: Leading Russian animation company Riki Group (Kikoriki) has acquired a controlling interest and consolidation of 100% of the shares of Aeroplane Productions. Aeroplane Productions, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia, specializes in the production of cultural and commercial projects that feature high quality animation.
buyer: Riki Group
Riki Group is a leading animation holding in Russia, specializing in creation, management, licensing and promotion of media brands for a family audience in Russia, CIS States and territory of the European Union. "
target: Aeroplane Productions
Aeroplane Productions, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia, specializes in the production of cultural and commercial projects that feature high quality animation.
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closed 2/24/2020 via BNC Analysis

Riki Group, acquired Aeroplane Productions

synopsis: Leading Russian animation company Riki Group (Kikoriki) has acquired a controlling interest and consolidation of 100% of the shares of Aeroplane Productions. Aeroplane Productions, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia, specializes in the production of cultural and commercial projects that feature high quality animation.
buyer: Riki Group
Riki Group is a leading animation holding in Russia, specializing in creation, management, licensing and promotion of media brands for a family audience in Russia, CIS States and territory of the European Union. "
target: Aeroplane Productions
Aeroplane Productions, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia, specializes in the production of cultural and commercial projects that feature high quality animation.
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closed 12/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Studio 100, acquired Little Airplane Productions Inc.

synopsis: Studio 100, a Belgian family entertainment company, has acquired Little Airplane Productions, an animation studio that produces preschool television programs. Little Airplane Productions is known for series such as Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes, Super Wings and P. King Duckling, all original productions created for broadcasters around the world.
buyer: Studio 100
Studio 100 was founded in 1996 as a small TV production company. Since then they have continued to pursue the same goal: to produce content which is engaging, entertaining and educational for children and their parents. "
target: Little Airplane Productions Inc.
Little Airplane Productions is an Emmy-winning animation studio that produces preschool television programs. The company is known for series such as Wonder Pets, Small Potatoes, Super Wings and P. King Duckling, all original productions created for broadcasters around the world.
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Koch Media, acquired Sola Media

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Sola Media through THQ Nordic subsidiary, Koch Film. One of the leading companies in its field, Sola Media has been operating in the international arena since 2004, selling some of the most beloved children & family films across the globe, and specializing in high-quality animated features for the big screen.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Koch Media
Austria-based Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: Sola Media
One of the leading companies in its field, Sola Media has been operating in the international arena since 2004, selling some of the most beloved children & family films across the globe, and specializing in high-quality animated features for the big screen. They are based in Germany.
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$2.68
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closed 7/30/2020 via Yahoo, Inc.

Moonbug, acquired Cocomelon

synopsis: Cocomelon, the YouTube children’s animated nursery rhymes and songs channel that is one of the platform’s most-viewed channel with over 3.3 billion average monthly views, has been acquired by Moonbug Entertainment.
buyer: Moonbug
Moonbug is a global entertainment company providing fun and safe content for children. Moonbug develops and distributes age-appropriate content that encourages healthy values such as compassion, empathy and resilience, while teaching children fundamental life skills. "
target: Cocomelon
Cocomelon is a YouTube children’s animated nursery rhymes and songs channel that is one of the platform’s most-viewed channel with over 3.3 billion average monthly views
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closed 2/6/2020 via PR Newswire

Relish Interactive, acquired Rocket Cartoons

synopsis: Relish Interactive, an award-winning Canadian digital studio, has acquired Rocket Cartoons, an indie animation studio in Costa Rica. Rocket Cartoons is the main producer of animated entertainment content for kids in Central America. Their original productions include Super Punch, Cocoland, Kip Van Creepy, Terror in Doomsville and more.
buyer: Relish Interactive
Relish Interactive is an award-winning Canadian digital studio. Relish Interactive mixes storytelling and animation with technical magic to create immersive experiences for any platform. From apps and games to film and TV, their work connects brands with audiences in unforgettable ways. "
target: Rocket Cartoons
Rocket Cartoons is an indie animation studio in Costa Rica. Rocket Cartoons is the main producer of animated entertainment content for kids in Central America. Their original productions include Super Punch, Cocoland, Kip Van Creepy, Terror in Doomsville and more.
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closed 11/27/2018 via BNC Analysis

Digital Television Russia, acquired Parovoz LLC

synopsis: Digital Television Russia (DTR), a Russian media company focused on thematic TV, has acquired a 51% stake in Parovoz, one of Russia's largest animation studios. Parovoz combines traditional animation with modern technologies to produce animated series and feature films. Their series include Be-be-bears, Paper Tales, Magic Lantern and more.
buyer parent: All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company
buyer: Digital Television Russia
Digital Television Russia (DTR) is a Russian media company focused on thematic TV. DTR delivers audiovisual content to TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, and movie theaters. DTR operates 19 channels that offer various genres, including entertainment, educational, drama, documentary and more. "
target: Parovoz LLC
Parovoz is one of Russia's largest animation studios. Parovoz combines traditional animation with modern technologies to produce animated series and feature films. Their series include Be-be-bears, Paper Tales, Magic Lantern, Leo and Tig, Fantasy Patrol, Heroes of Envell and more.
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closed 11/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

Aardman Animations Limited, acquired Aardman Animations Limited

synopsis: Aardman Animation, the stop-motion studio behind the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit shorts and Chicken Run, has brokered a new deal that puts ownership of the studio in the hands of its employees. Peter Lord and David Sproxton, who started the company, have ordered 75% of shares placed into a trust, where they will be held for Aardman’s workers.
buyer: Aardman Animations Limited
Aardman Animations Limited produces animation and theatrical feature films. It also produces TV series and short films, and works for broadcast and advertising spots. Aardman is best known for creating Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. "
target: Aardman Animations Limited
Aardman Animations Limited produces animation and theatrical feature films. It also produces TV series and short films, and works for broadcast and advertising spots. Aardman is best known for creating Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.
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closed 5/30/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Grom Social, purchased Bonnie Boat & Friends from Raise TV

synopsis: Grom Social Enterprises, an innovative leader in providing original social media content to children, has acquired the Bonnie Boat & Friends brand from Raise TV, an inspirational children’s network. Bonnie Boat & Friends is an animated short that teaches children the importance of friendship, teamwork, sharing and caring for one another.
buyer: Grom Social (OTCPK:GRMM:$6.16)
Grom Social is a safe social media platform for kids between the ages of five and 16. Grom allows kids to have the opportunity to create a profile, make friends, chat and share content. Grom offers videos, games, photos and Fan Pages that range from good digital citizenship to DIY projects and more."
seller: Raise TV
Bonnie Boat & Friends is an animated short that teaches children the importance of friendship, teamwork, sharing and caring for one another. Bonnie Boat & Friends belongs to Raise TV, an inspirational children’s network that offers original faith-based series programming.
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closed 5/16/2018 via Company Press Release

Mediawan S.A., acquired ON Kids & Family

synopsis: Mediawan, an independent European audiovisual content platform, is continuing its development by acquiring ON Kids & Family, a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in television and motion picture production for kids & family.
buyer: Mediawan S.A. (ENXTPA:MDW:$570.79)
Mediawan is a ‘Special Purpose Acquisition Company’ (SPAC) created to acquire one or more operating businesses with an intention to focus on “target businesses or companies with principal operations in the traditional and digital media content and entertainment industries in Europe”. "
target: ON Kids & Family
ON Kids & Family is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in television and motion picture production for kids & family, including CGI animated feature films (The Little Prince) and television series (Miraculous Ladybug) meant for audiences around the world.
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closed 1/10/2018 via BNC Analysis

Emerald Media, acquired Cosmos-Maya

synopsis: Emerald Media, a pan-Asian platform established by KKR to invest in the fast-growing media and entertainment industries across Asia, has acquired a majority stake in Cosmos-Maya, Asia’s leading animation production studio that produces high-quality 3D as well as 2D animation content.
buyer parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
buyer: Emerald Media
Emerald Media is a pan-Asian platform established by KKR to invest in the fast-growing media and entertainment industries across Asia. Emerald Media primarily focuses on providing growth capital to media, entertainment and digital media companies. "
target: Cosmos-Maya
Cosmos-Maya is Asia’s leading animation production studio that produces high-quality 3D as well as 2D animation content. Cosmos-Maya produces around 600 minutes (30 half hours) of animation on a monthly basis and has produced over 20000 minutes of original animated content.
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announced 10/1/2017 via Reuters

Bain Capital, will acquire Asatsu-DK, Inc.

synopsis: U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital aims to buy advertising agency, Asatsu-DK Inc. Headquartered in Tokyo, the firm is Japan's third largest advertising agency after Dentsu and Hakuhodo. The agency has 80 offices in over 20 countries.
buyer: Bain Capital
Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading private multi-asset alternative investment firms with more than $75 billion in assets under management that creates lasting impact for their investors, teams, businesses and the communities in which they live. "
target: Asatsu-DK, Inc. (TSE:9747:$3,108.59)
Asatsu-DK Inc. is a Japanese advertising agency. Headquartered in the Toranomon Hills building complex in Minato, Tokyo since June 2014, the firm is Japan's third largest advertising agency after Dentsu and Hakuhodo. The agency has 80 offices in over 20 countries.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,356 [$1,193]
rev ($mm)
$3,120
EBITDA ($mm)
$68
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0.0x
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0.0x
closed 8/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Factory, acquired Rollo Rights Limited

synopsis: Manchester-based, BAFTA-winning animation studio Factory has acquired Rollo Rights, and will be developing their own IP under its new licensing division Factory Rights. Rollo Rights Limited, based in Hertford, UK, distributes animated films. Their catalog includes Rupert Fawcett’s Off The Leash and David McKee’s Mr Benn, and more.
buyer: Factory
Factory is an independent, innovative, multi-genre animation studio working in broadcast and advertising. Factory has developed a reputation as a world leader in the design and collaborative development of immersive entertainment. "
target: Rollo Rights Limited
Rollo Rights Limited, based in Hertford, UK, distributes animated films. Their catalog includes Rupert Fawcett’s Off The Leash and David McKee’s Mr Benn, as well as King Rollo, Victor & Maria, Towser, Watt the Devil, Art, Ric, and Dr Xargle.
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closed 3/8/2017 via Company Press Release

Kaiken Entertainment Ltd, purchased Animation Studio and Publishing business from Rovio Entertainment ltd.

synopsis: Kaiken Entertainment, a entertainment company specializing in storytelling through film, apps, streaming video and publishing, has purchased Rovio's TV animation studio in Vancouver and Rovio's book publishing business. The two assets have made a variety of animations and books about Rovio's most well know franchise, Angry Birds.
buyer: Kaiken Entertainment Ltd
Kaiken Entertainment is an entertainment company based out of Los Angeles, Helsinki and Vancouver specializing in storytelling through TV, film, digital products and publishing with a team that has achieved the impossible many times over. "
seller: Rovio Entertainment ltd. (HLSE:ROVIO:$323.62)
Rovio is a entertainment media company. Their most well know product is the Angry Birds mobile app game. They own an animation studio and publishing buisness which have expanded the Angry Birds universe by creating a variety of cartoons and fictional books for the franchise.
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closed 8/3/2016 via Company Press Release

Boat Rocker Media, acquired Jam Filled Entertainment Inc.

synopsis: Boat Rocker Media, a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium content and brands, continues to make strategic investments to grow its family and kids content with the acquisition of Jam Filled Entertainment, a leading full service animation company in Canada. With a focus on premium 2D content.
buyer: Boat Rocker Media
Boat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms and develops brands and IP for worldwide monetization. "
target: Jam Filled Entertainment Inc.
Founded in 2008, Jam Filled Entertainment is a full-service digital animation studio headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, providing quality work from concept to animation.
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closed 4/27/2016 via Company Press Release

Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc., acquired Silvergate Media

synopsis: Shamrock Capital Advisors has acquired a majority stake in Silvergate Media to expand Silvergate’s intellectual property, library rights and digital capabilities. Silvergate develops and produces world-class content built to inspire, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through innovative storytelling, great products and strong partnerships.
buyer: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
Shamrock Capital Advisors is a Los Angeles based private equity firm with a rich history of investing in the media, entertainment and communications sectors. They use their proprietary network of relationships and deep industry vertical knowledge to identify companies with potential for investment. "
target: Silvergate Media
Silvergate Media is a highly creative TV production and licensing company, driven by big ideas and big collaborations. Our mission is to develop world-class children’s brands which inspire, entertain, educate and engage through innovative content, great products and strong partnerships.
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closed 9/23/2015 via BNC Analysis

Aardman Animations Limited, acquired Nathan Love

synopsis: Aardman Animation, the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, is to make its first international expansion by taking a majority stake in New York-based animation studio Nathan Love. Through the deal, Aardman will set up its first permanent production facility outside the UK.
buyer: Aardman Animations Limited
Aardman Animations Limited produces animation and theatrical feature films. It also produces TV series and short films, and works for broadcast and advertising spots. Aardman is best known for creating Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. "
target: Nathan Love
Driven by a passion to tell great stories and connect with audiences around the globe, Nathan Love develops memorable characters, imaginative worlds, and engaging narratives for television, film, interactive and more.
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announced 10/13/2014 via BNC Analysis

Toonz Media Group, will acquire Imira Entertainment

synopsis: India's Toonz Entertainment has agreed to acquire Spain's Imira Entertainment, a producer-distributor of kids content. Imira is behind such series as Sandra the Fairytale Detective and Lucky Fred. Toonz Entertainment will take full ownership of Imira, subject to due diligence.
buyer: Toonz Media Group
Toonz Media Group is a group of companies that offer production services in animation. The companies include Toonz Animation, one of the biggest animation production houses in South Asia, Toonz Digital, a web and game developer, and Toonz Academy, a top animation school in Kerala. "
target: Imira Entertainment
Imira Entertainment is a leading Spanish company in the production and international distribution of animation and fiction series and films for children and adolescents, specializing in digital contents.
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closed 7/25/2014 via BNC Analysis

Cake Entertainment Limited, acquired Cake Entertainment Limited

synopsis: The management of U.K.-based kids company CAKE Entertainment has bought back the 51 percent stake previously owned by Spain’s Zinkia. CAKE is one of the world's leading kids' and family entertainment distributors.
buyer: Cake Entertainment Limited
CAKE is one of the world's leading kids' and family entertainment distributors. Since 2002, the London-based company has worked with animation and live-action producers from around the world to develop, co-produce, commercially position and manage their IP propositions for international market. "
target parent: Zinkia Entertainment
target: Cake Entertainment Limited
CAKE is one of the world's leading kids' and family entertainment distributors. Since 2002, the London-based company has worked with animation and live-action producers from around the world to develop, co-produce, commercially position and manage their IP propositions for international market.
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announced 1/29/2014 via BNC Analysis

Nippon TV Holdings, will acquire Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Nippon TV Holdings has announced its agreement to acquire Tatsunoko Production, a Takara Tomy Group company. Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962.
buyer: Nippon TV Holdings (TSE:9404:$3,175.77)
Nippon Television Holdings is a holding company that manages and operates broadcast companies in the group, through ownership of shares and stocks. The company was founded in 1952 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. "
target parent: Takara Tomy Company, Ltd.
target: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.
Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962.
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closed 1/6/2014 via PR Newswire

Corus Entertainment, Inc., acquired TELETOON Network

synopsis: Corus Entertainment Inc. announced that the Company closed its acquisition of the specialty television services Historia, Séries+ and the remaining 50% of TELETOON Canada Inc.
buyer: Corus Entertainment, Inc. (TSX:CJR.B:$1,254.86)
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. "
target parent: BCE, Inc.
target: TELETOON Network
TELETOON television network is Canada's first and only 24-hour animation network with programming for audiences of all ages. With English- and French- language services, the network offers viewers classic cartoons and new animation from Canada and around the world.
price ($mm)
$454
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
$48
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
9.4x

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