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closed 2/9/2022 via BNC Analysis

Moonbug, purchased Little Angel from Valnet Inc.

synopsis: Moonbug has acquired Little Angel, a network of kids-focused YouTube channels that generate about 1.5 billion views a month. The main Little Angel channel produces animated videos set to nursery rhymes and songs for kids, and has about 27 million subscribers on YouTube.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
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. "
seller parent: Valsoft Corp
seller: Valnet Inc.
Little Angel is a network of kids-focused YouTube channels that generate about 1.5 billion views a month. The main Little Angel channel produces animated videos set to nursery rhymes and songs for kids, and has about 27 million subscribers on YouTube.
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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 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired IMGN Media

synopsis: Warner Music Group has announced it is acquiring IMGN Media, a company best known for creating shareable social media content including memes and short videos. IMGN runs 10 channels across platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. These channels include Daquan, which has over 6.5m followers on TikTok and over 15m on Instagram.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group (WMG:$5,301.00)
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry, including Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, Erato, FFRR, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Sire, Warner Bros., among others, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. "
target: IMGN Media
IMGN is a tech-media company specialized in producing and programming social content for Gen Z audiences. IMGN owns & operates a portfolio of 14 distinct media brands with an overall reach of +40 million followers. Featured brands: Daquan, TryHard, So Satisfying & more.
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closed 11/4/2021 via BusinessWire

Candle Media, acquired Moonbug

synopsis: Moonbug Entertainment Ltd., the digital-first, global children’s entertainment company, announced it has been acquired Candle Media, a media company run by leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by investment capital from Blackstone.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
buyer: Candle Media
Candle Media is a next-generation media company run by leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by investment capital from Blackstone. Candle is an independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises. "
target: 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.
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announced 7/24/2013 via Market Watch

Safe Communications, Inc., will acquire Onverse

synopsis: KUBOO, Inc., dba Safe Communications, announced that they have signed a Letter of Agreement with Onverse.com, a virtual world geared towards the tween and teen markets. Onverse, LLC offers an online virtual world where users can create avatar and chat in three dimensional environment.
buyer: Safe Communications, Inc.
Safe Communications provides secure email and web texting service free of charge through its kid's site, MouseMail.com. Parents must register their children and pre-approve all contacts. Any unapproved contacts or inappropriate content will be diverted directly to the parent for further action. "
target: Onverse
Onverse is a "freemium" online virtual world full of fun people and cool things to do. It gives users an online profile, a free virtual home, clothing, furniture, tools and points to get it started. Revenue is generated from mini transactions.
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closed 5/1/2020 via Company Press Release

Brave Bison, purchased The Hook channel and related IP from The Hook Group

synopsis: Brave Bison, the social video group, is acquiring certain assets of The Hook Group, an award-winning social marketing and media business. The acquisition includes The Hook channel and related intellectual property, including a number of websites and media channels on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
buyer: Brave Bison (AIM:BBSN:$16.26)
Brave Bison is a social video company, specializing in cross-platform video content, connecting global audiences through social media. Its online communities reach over 135 million followers. "
seller: The Hook Group
The acquisition includes The Hook channel and related intellectual property, including a number of websites and media channels on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. The Hook Group is an award-winning youth-focused social marketing and media business.
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announced 5/31/2017 via Market Wire

Vemanti Group, Inc., will acquire Two Group, JSC.

synopsis: Vemanti Group, Inc., a holding company that seeks to be active in technology-driven markets, announced that it will acquire Two Group, JSC (TGJ), an internet technology conglomerate based in HCMC, Vietnam. TGJ's portfolio encompasses several internet-based industries, including e-commerce, local search, social media, and streaming media.
buyer: Vemanti Group, Inc. (OTCPK:VMNT:$0.00)
Vemanti Group, Inc. is a diversified holding corporation that seeks to be active in high-growth, emerging, and technology-driven markets. Their core strengths are in technology development and investment. They plan to grow through M&A by looking for businesses that have start-able products. "
target: Two Group, JSC.
Two Group, JSC is a multi-asset technology conglomerate based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Its portfolio encompasses several internet-based industries, including e-commerce, local search, social media, and streaming media. Its portfolio includes Kay.vn, Diadiem.com, Yume.vn, and 16Plus.vn.
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closed 5/18/2018 via BNC Analysis

OrangeGames BV, acquired Sulake Oy

synopsis: OrangeGames, a Dutch digital content company, acquired a majority stake in Sulake, a Finland-based video game development company, from operator Elisa. Sulake is best known for developing Habbo, a social networking service and online community aimed at teenagers, and a game called Hotel Hideaway, a social avatar world on iOS and Android.
buyer: OrangeGames BV
OrangeGames is a Dutch digital content company. OrangeGames is headquartered in Amsterdam and focuses on advertising, producing games and publishing content on web and mobile. Their video game portfolio includes Governor of Poker and the Youdagames Series. "
target parent: Elisa Oyj
target: Sulake Oy
Based in Finland, Sulake Oy is a video game developer. Sulake is best known for developing Habbo, a social networking service and online community aimed at teenagers, and a game called Hotel Hideaway, a social avatar world on iOS and Android.
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closed 6/4/2009 via Market Wire

Cascadia Investments, Inc., acquired TinyTwirp.com

synopsis: Cascadia Investments, Inc. announced that it has acquired a 51% interest in the children's social-networking and micro-blogging site, www.TinyTwirp.com.
buyer: Cascadia Investments, Inc. (CDIV:$0.00)
Cascadia Investments, Inc. is a publicly traded, real estate development company operating in the Pacific Northwest. "
target: TinyTwirp.com
TinyTwirp.com is a social-networking and micro-blogging site that allows children less than 13 years of age to communicate online via a patent-pending process. With this process users can both send and receive each other's updates.
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closed 7/26/2022 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired Pocket-lint

synopsis: Valnet Inc. has completed the acquisition of Pocket-lint.com, a leading digital tech publication based out of the UK. Pocket-lint started with a small team of professional journalists in 2003 and has since expanded its coverage to include news, reviews, opinions and guides on all things consumer tech.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
With more than 3.5 billion sessions per year, Valnet is the leading digital content investment company that owns and operates a diversified portfolio of premier digital publishing assets across multiple verticals. "
target: Pocket-lint
Pocket-lint.com is a leading digital tech publication based out of the UK. Pocket-lint started with a small team of professional journalists in 2003 and has since expanded its coverage to include news, reviews, opinions and guides on all things consumer tech.
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closed 6/8/2022 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired DualShockers

synopsis: Valnet Inc. has successfully completed the acquisition of DualShockers.com, a digital gaming publication revered by the gaming community. Founded in 2009, DualShockers.com has established itself as an authoritative source for the gaming community, with millions of readers visiting the site monthly for gaming news, reviews, guides, and previews.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
With more than 3.5 billion sessions per year, Valnet is the leading digital content investment company that owns and operates a diversified portfolio of premier digital publishing assets across multiple verticals. "
target parent: GRV Media
target: DualShockers
Founded in 2009, DualShockers.com has established itself as an authoritative source for the gaming community, with millions of readers visiting the site monthly for gaming news, reviews, guides, and previews.
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closed 6/1/2022 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired TopSpeed

synopsis: Valnet Inc. has successfully completed the acquisition of TopSpeed.com, a leading digital automotive publication. The site covers news and trends within the automotive industry by publishing daily articles, spy shots and thorough buyer guides and reviews.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
With more than 3.5 billion sessions per year, Valnet is the leading digital content investment company that owns and operates a diversified portfolio of premier digital publishing assets across multiple verticals. "
target: TopSpeed
TopSpeed was founded in 2003 with the goal of becoming the preferred online destination for car enthusiasts. The site covers news and trends within the automotive industry by publishing daily articles, spy shots and thorough buyer guides and reviews.
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closed 2/9/2022 via BNC Analysis

Moonbug, purchased Little Angel from Valnet Inc.

synopsis: Moonbug has acquired Little Angel, a network of kids-focused YouTube channels that generate about 1.5 billion views a month. The main Little Angel channel produces animated videos set to nursery rhymes and songs for kids, and has about 27 million subscribers on YouTube.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
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. "
seller parent: Valsoft Corp
seller: Valnet Inc.
Little Angel is a network of kids-focused YouTube channels that generate about 1.5 billion views a month. The main Little Angel channel produces animated videos set to nursery rhymes and songs for kids, and has about 27 million subscribers on YouTube.
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closed 2/9/2022 via BNC Analysis

Valnet Inc., acquired Busy Pixel Media

synopsis: Valnet Inc. has successfully completed the acquisition of Busy Pixel Media (“BPM”), a leading digital media company. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, USA, Busy Pixel Media focuses on providing product recommendations and analysis around the latest technology, global trends and the outdoor and backyard spaces.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet is a leading multi-vertical digital media publisher and owner of a variety of premium digital publications, including movie news authority ScreenRant.com, pop culture site CBR.com and video game news site GameRant.com. "
target: Busy Pixel Media
Headquartered in Pennsylvania, USA, Busy Pixel Media focuses on providing product recommendations and analysis around the latest technology, global trends and the outdoor and backyard spaces. Their global audience includes influential consumers from around the world.
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closed 12/22/2021 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired Simple Flying

synopsis: Valnet Inc. has successfully completed the acquisition of Simple Flying, the leading online destination for aviation enthusiasts. Simple Flying is a reference in the aerospace industry, providing the latest news and information on aircraft, airlines, airports, passenger experience, and other aspects of commercial aviation.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet is a leading multi-vertical digital media publisher and owner of a variety of premium digital publications, including movie news authority ScreenRant.com, pop culture site CBR.com and video game news site GameRant.com. "
target: Simple Flying
Simple Flying is the world's fastest growing aviation news site. Simple Flying's aim is to become the world's go to site for aviation news. The site covers all major commercial aviation news as well as in depth industry analysis.
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closed 11/17/2020 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired Collider

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired Collider.com, a popular entertainment website that specializes in bringing its readers the best coverage of movies, television, video games, and more. It is also the one-stop shop for exclusive interviews, scoops on the biggest films, and daily coverage of the day's hottest entertainment stories.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet is a leading multi-vertical digital media publisher and owner of a variety of premium digital publications, including movie news authority ScreenRant.com, pop culture site CBR.com and video game news site GameRant.com. "
target: Collider
Collider is a popular entertainment website that specializes in bringing its readers the best coverage of movies, television, video games, and more. It is also the one-stop shop for exclusive interviews, scoops on the biggest films, and daily coverage of the day's hottest entertainment stories.
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closed 7/6/2020 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired MakeUseOf

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired Hong Kong-based MakeUseOf.com, an authoritative and trusted source of technology news, guides, and reviews. The acquisition MakeUseOf provides Valnet with a digital platform to offer solutions, reviews, news, and high-quality content to its audience.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet is a leading multi-vertical digital media publisher and owner of a variety of premium digital publications, including movie news authority ScreenRant.com, pop culture site CBR.com and video game news site GameRant.com. "
target: MakeUseOf
Hong Kong-based MakeUseOf is a leading online publication that issues tips and guides on how to make the most of the internet, computer software, and mobile apps. The company's mission is to provide knowledge and tools to help readers navigate trends in consumer technology.
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closed 7/17/2019 via BusinessWire

Valnet Inc., acquired Game Rant

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired GameRant.com, the popular and authoritative media outlet for video game related news, reviews, and discussion. They offer sharp analytical commentary on gaming, thoughtful reviews and fun list and countdown posts.
buyer parent: Valsoft Corp
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet, a leader in Online Media Publishing, creates and distributes original content for its brands and audiences, worldwide. Valnet has acquired and developed a variety of web properties including movie and TV news website ScreenRant.com. "
target: Game Rant
GameRant.com is a video game news site that brings readers the latest news on the hottest games available now and coming soon, plus reviews, trailers, editorial features and more. Sharp analytical commentary on gaming, thoughtful reviews and fun list and countdown posts.
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closed 4/4/2016 via PR Newswire

Valnet Inc., acquired Comic Book Resources (CBR)

synopsis: Valnet Inc., an online media publisher, has acquired ComicBookResources.com, a popular and unique media outlet for comic book related news, reviews and discussion. Comic Book Resources (CBR) began as a forum providing a platform for comic enthusiasts to share and discuss the latest news and trends in the comic book industry.
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet, a leader in Online Media Publishing, creates and distributes original content for its brands and audiences, worldwide. Valnet has acquired and developed a variety of web properties including movie and TV news website ScreenRant.com. "
target: Comic Book Resources (CBR)
Comic Book Resources began as a forum providing a platform for comic enthusiasts to share and discuss news and trends in the comic book industry. It grew to become the most reliable and reputable resource for all comic book-related news and commentary through informative and entertaining content.
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closed 2/4/2015 via PR Newswire

Valnet Inc., acquired ScreenRant.com

synopsis: Leading independent movie and TV news website ScreenRant.com has been acquired by Valnet Inc., a Canadian company specialized in developing internet-based businesses and brands. ScreenRant.com has become one of the most visited movie and TV news sites in the United States.
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet Inc. is a Canadian company specialized in developing internet-based businesses and brands. Valnet is based in Montreal and owns a variety of web properties such as TheRichest.com, TheSportster.com and BabyGaga.com. "
target: ScreenRant.com
ScreenRant.com is a leading independent movie and TV news website. They are one of the most visited movie and TV news sites in the United States with many talented writers and editors.
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closed 6/5/2013 via BNC Analysis

Valnet Inc., acquired BornRich.com

synopsis: Online luxury publication, BornRich.com, has been acquired by the Canadian-based internet conglomerate Valnet Inc. BornRich.com operates as an online portal that covers lifestyle content in categories such as shopping, auto, watch, estate, and gadgets.
buyer: Valnet Inc.
Valnet is an acquirer and operator of a variety of online assets in different sectors of the web which is from where it takes its slogan "Valnet Unites The internet". It is constantly looking for new opportunities and challenges to take on, where it sees that it can bring value to. "
target: BornRich.com
BornRich.com is an online publication that covers lifestyle content in categories such as shopping, auto, watch, estate, and gadgets.
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closed 5/25/2022 via BNC Analysis

Moonbug, acquired One Animation

synopsis: Moonbug Entertainment has acquired Singapore-based studio One Animation, the creator behind non-dialogue comedy series Oddbods. Since launching in August 2014, Oddbods has aired in more than 180 countries and is currently running on major global networks including Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix, according to One Animation.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
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: One Animation
One Animation is the Singapore-based creator behind non-dialogue comedy series Oddbods. Since launching in August 2014, Oddbods has aired in more than 180 countries and is currently running on major global networks including Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix, according to One Animation.
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closed 2/9/2022 via BNC Analysis

Moonbug, purchased Little Angel from Valnet Inc.

synopsis: Moonbug has acquired Little Angel, a network of kids-focused YouTube channels that generate about 1.5 billion views a month. The main Little Angel channel produces animated videos set to nursery rhymes and songs for kids, and has about 27 million subscribers on YouTube.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
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. "
seller parent: Valsoft Corp
seller: Valnet Inc.
Little Angel is a network of kids-focused YouTube channels that generate about 1.5 billion views a month. The main Little Angel channel produces animated videos set to nursery rhymes and songs for kids, and has about 27 million subscribers on YouTube.
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closed 11/4/2021 via BusinessWire

Candle Media, acquired Moonbug

synopsis: Moonbug Entertainment Ltd., the digital-first, global children’s entertainment company, announced it has been acquired Candle Media, a media company run by leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by investment capital from Blackstone.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
buyer: Candle Media
Candle Media is a next-generation media company run by leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by investment capital from Blackstone. Candle is an independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises. "
target: 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.
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closed 7/30/2020 via Yahoo, Inc.

Moonbug, acquired Blippi

synopsis: Moonbug acquired Blippi, a live-action educational show on YouTube that generates more than half a billion average monthly views that feature the eponymous character, created by Stevin John. Blippi’s educational content has a loyal following of more than 24 million subscribers across several channels.
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: Blippi
Blippi is a live-action educational show on YouTube that generates more than half a billion average monthly views that feature the eponymous character, created by Stevin John. Blippi’s educational content has a loyal following of more than 24 million and generates 570 million average monthly views.
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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 8/6/2019 via BusinessWire

Moonbug, acquired Supa Strikas

synopsis: Moonbug, a global entertainment company that develops and distributes fun and safe entertainment for kids, announced it has acquired the popular South African soccer video series and one of the largest circulating monthly comics in the world, Supa Strikas.
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: Supa Strikas
Supa Strikas is a South African video series and one of the largest circulating monthly comics in the world. Supa Strikas follows the world’s best soccer team as they journey across the globe and to outer space on a quest to win the prized Super League trophy.
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closed 2/9/2022 via BNC Analysis

Moonbug, purchased Little Angel from Valnet Inc.

synopsis: Moonbug has acquired Little Angel, a network of kids-focused YouTube channels that generate about 1.5 billion views a month. The main Little Angel channel produces animated videos set to nursery rhymes and songs for kids, and has about 27 million subscribers on YouTube.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
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. "
seller parent: Valsoft Corp
seller: Valnet Inc.
Little Angel is a network of kids-focused YouTube channels that generate about 1.5 billion views a month. The main Little Angel channel produces animated videos set to nursery rhymes and songs for kids, and has about 27 million subscribers on YouTube.
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closed 11/4/2021 via BusinessWire

Candle Media, acquired Moonbug

synopsis: Moonbug Entertainment Ltd., the digital-first, global children’s entertainment company, announced it has been acquired Candle Media, a media company run by leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by investment capital from Blackstone.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
buyer: Candle Media
Candle Media is a next-generation media company run by leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by investment capital from Blackstone. Candle is an independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises. "
target: 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.
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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 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Warner Music Group, acquired IMGN Media

synopsis: Warner Music Group has announced it is acquiring IMGN Media, a company best known for creating shareable social media content including memes and short videos. IMGN runs 10 channels across platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok. These channels include Daquan, which has over 6.5m followers on TikTok and over 15m on Instagram.
buyer parent: Access Industries
buyer: Warner Music Group (WMG:$5,301.00)
Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry, including Asylum, Big Beat, Canvasback, Erato, FFRR, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Sire, Warner Bros., among others, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers. "
target: IMGN Media
IMGN is a tech-media company specialized in producing and programming social content for Gen Z audiences. IMGN owns & operates a portfolio of 14 distinct media brands with an overall reach of +40 million followers. Featured brands: Daquan, TryHard, So Satisfying & more.
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closed 5/25/2022 via BNC Analysis

Moonbug, acquired One Animation

synopsis: Moonbug Entertainment has acquired Singapore-based studio One Animation, the creator behind non-dialogue comedy series Oddbods. Since launching in August 2014, Oddbods has aired in more than 180 countries and is currently running on major global networks including Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix, according to One Animation.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
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: One Animation
One Animation is the Singapore-based creator behind non-dialogue comedy series Oddbods. Since launching in August 2014, Oddbods has aired in more than 180 countries and is currently running on major global networks including Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix, according to One Animation.
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closed 4/6/2022 via GlobeNewswire

Genius Brands International, Inc, acquired WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.

synopsis: Genius Brands International, Inc., a global kids media company, has acquired WOW! Unlimited Media, an animation production company that produces animation content for kids. WOW! has produced animations for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony, Hulu and Dreamworks. The company has worked on titles such as ReBoot, Bravest Warriors, Ratchet & Clank, and more.
buyer: Genius Brands International, Inc (GNUS:$7.87)
Genius Brands International, Inc. is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. "
target: WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (TSXV:WOW:$56.11)
WOW! Unlimited is an animation production company that produces top-end animation content for kids. WOW! has produced animations for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony, Hulu and Dreamworks. The company has worked on titles such as ReBoot, Bravest Warriors, Ratchet & Clank, Octonauts, and more.
price ($mm)[EV]
$47 [$77]
rev ($mm)
$59
EBITDA ($mm)
$6
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1.3x
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12.4x
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 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 12/11/2019 via Company Press Release

Sony Pictures Television, Inc., acquired Silvergate Media

synopsis: Sony Pictures Television has acquired independent media company Silvergate Media from the management team of Silvergate and from Shamrock Capital, a Los Angeles based investment firm. Silvergate focuses on developing, producing and licensing children’s animation with offices in both London and New York.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Pictures Television, Inc.
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. SPT boasts a program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, original animated series, and more. "
target parent: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
target: Silvergate Media
Silvergate focuses on developing, producing and licensing children’s animation with offices in both London and New York. Currently in production: three new seasons of Octonauts (Above and Beyond), two 70-minute movies and a 44-minute musical; Season 2 and a 70-minute movie special of Hilda.
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$195
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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
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
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 1/25/2017 via Company Press Release

Studio 100, acquired M4e AG

synopsis: The Belgian corporation Studio 100 N.V. with its head office in Schelle, Belgium, acquired a 68 per cent majority in the German brand management and media company m4e AG. m4e AG is a leader in the creation, production, distribution and marketing of animated and live action programming for children and families.
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: M4e AG (DB:MU4:$11.97)
The m4e Group, founded in 2003, is an international brand management and media company focusing on children’s and family entertainment content. m4e AG is a leader in the creation, production, distribution and marketing of animated and live action programming.
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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 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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