youth movie

closed 5/10/2019 via BNC Analysis

NetFlix, acquired StoryBots

synopsis: Netflix has acquired StoryBots, the children’s media brand created by brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis. In addition, the Spiridellis have entered into an overall deal with Netflix to expand the preschool entertainment and educational franchise into new areas.
buyer: NetFlix (NFLX:$28,632.97)
Netflix is the world's leading Internet entertainment platform with 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime and anywhere."
target: StoryBots
Founded in 2012, StoryBots was created to engage children, ages 3-to-8, through interactive, educationally-themed and personalized books, videos, games, music and more, and leverages its Starring You feature to put the child at the center of each learning experience.
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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 5/12/2010 via Reuters

Saban Capital Group, purchased Power Rangers from The Walt Disney Company

synopsis: Billionaire Haim Saban's Saban Capital Group has bought back the "Power Rangers" children's franchise from the Walt Disney Co. The "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" became a ratings success when Saban developed and launched the show in 1993.
buyer: Saban Capital Group (SCAC:$0.00)
Saban Capital Group, Inc. ("SCG") is a private investment firm specializing in the media and entertainment industries. SCG was established by Haim Saban, founder of Saban Entertainment, a global television broadcasting, production, distribution, merchandising and music company. "
seller: The Walt Disney Company (DIS:$63,591.00)
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products.
price ($mm)
$65
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closed 10/21/2009 via PR Newswire

Nickelodeon, purchased Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios

synopsis: Furthering its mission to provide premium content to its audiences, Nickelodeon--part of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. has acquired the global rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from The Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.
buyer parent: Viacom Inc.
buyer: Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. "
seller: Mirage Studios
The Mirage Group is a group of companies, including Mirage Studios, Inc., located in Northampton, Massachusetts, that owned and managed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property from its creation in 1984 through 2009.
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$64
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closed 4/1/2009 via BusinessWire

Boomerang Media, LLC, acquired Entertainment Rights plc

synopsis: GTCR, one of America’s leading private equity firms, and Boomerang Media, LLC, announced the acquisition of the principal U.K. and U.S. trading subsidiaries of Entertainment Rights, a prominent global media company with an extensive portfolio encompassing some of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises.
buyer parent: GTCR Golder Rauner
buyer: Boomerang Media, LLC
Based in New York, Boomerang Media is a company focused on the ownership and exploitation of entertainment copyrights and related intellectual property across all media. "
target: Entertainment Rights plc
Entertainment Rights Plc is one of the UK's leading specialist media companies. Together with its US-based wholly owned subsidiary Classic Media Holdings, Inc., the Group is a leading global force in children's and family content.
price ($mm)
$108
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closed 3/19/2007 via

United Consortium Ltd., acquired Look It's Me On TV!, Inc.

synopsis: VTEC Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Look It's Me on TV, the distributer, reseller and retailer of photo personalized entertainment and educational products for children of all ages.
buyer: United Consortium Ltd. (UCSO:$0.00)
United Consortium, Ltd. is an international distributor of emerging consumer goods with a core business emphasis on the distribution of selected computer lines. The ultimate goal is to create a branded reseller network specialized in total solutions for Latin America's corporate customers. "
target: Look It's Me On TV!, Inc.
Look It's Me On TV!, Inc. is a for-profit initiative led by families for families to provide, fun educational products with “family-friendly” content. Our goal is to give peace of mind to parents through a streamlined process of securing creative and safe products.
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closed 9/8/2011 via PR Newswire

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., acquired LazyTown

synopsis: Turner Broadcasting System Europe, home to kids' brands including Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito, announced its acquisition of Latibaer, the Icelandic entity which owns and operates the LazyTown brand. LazyTown is a children's entertainment brand dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing in a fun way.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world. "
target: LazyTown
Latibaer is the Icelandic entity which owns and operates the LazyTown brand. LazyTown is a children's entertainment and lifestyle brand with internationally acclaimed TV show, Live Theatre shows, Radio Station, Music, Publishing, DVD, Apparel and more than 6000 SKUs of merchandise.
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$25
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announced 12/8/2008 via BusinessWire

The Walt Disney Company, will purchase a minority stake in Jetix Europe N.V.

synopsis: In order to expand its kids and family media business in Europe and extend its brand leadership around the world, The Walt Disney Company announced that one of its subsidiaries has entered into agreements to acquire outstanding shares of Jetix Europe N.V. for € 11 per share.
buyer: The Walt Disney Company (DIS:$63,591.00)
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products. "
target: Jetix Europe N.V.
Jetix Europe is a pan-European media company comprised of television channels, program distribution and consumer products businesses. Its programming, geared towards kids age 6-14, currently reaches a combined 137 million television households in 58 countries and 18 languages.
price ($mm)[EV]
$282 [$110]*
rev ($mm)
$179
EBITDA ($mm)
$24
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5.8x
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44.2x
closed 1/9/2008 via BNC Analysis

Fire Mountain Productions Ltd., acquired Kickback Media

synopsis: On January 9, 2008 Fire Mountain Productions Ltd. completed the acquisition of Kickback Media.
buyer: Fire Mountain Productions Ltd.
Fire Mountain Productions, Ltd. specializes in film and television production of corporate communications. "
target: Kickback Media
Kickback Media develops and manages intellectual property ranging from pre-school television series to girl's fashion and lifestyle brands.
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closed 3/23/2010 via PR Newswire

Linktone Ltd., acquired InnoForm Media Pte Ltd

synopsis: Linktone Ltd. announced that it together with its major shareholder, PT Media Nusantara Citra Tbk ("MNC"), have completed the acquisition of 75% of the share capital of InnoForm Group ("InnoForm"). InnoForm is one of the industry's leading VCD/DVD/CD distributors for both the English and Chinese language markets in Singapore and the Asian region.
buyer parent: BroadWebAsia, Inc.
buyer: Linktone Ltd. (LTON:$0.00)
Linktone Ltd. is a leading provider of wireless interactive entertainment products and services in China. Linktone provides a diverse portfolio of services to wireless consumers, with a particular focus on media, entertainment and communications. "
target: InnoForm Media Pte Ltd
The InnoForm Group consists of InnoForm Media, InnoForm Entertainment, InnoForm Digital Media and Alliance Entertainment Singapore. InnoForm's integrated business activities includes the development and licensing of children's edutainment products (InnoKids).
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$6.96*
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closed 9/15/2021 via BNC Analysis

iGeneration Studios, acquired Komixx Entertainment

synopsis: iGeneration Studios, a UK-headquartered film & TV producer, has acquired Komixx Entertainment Group, an independent film and TV production company in the UK. Komixx acquires, develops and produces feature films and TV series for the kids to young-adult audience. Their productions include The Kissing Booth, ITCH, Dog Loves Books, and more.
buyer: iGeneration Studios
iGeneration Studios is a UK-headquartered film & TV producer. iGeneration Studios produces movies and TV shows for young to adult audiences. "
target: Komixx Entertainment
Komixx Entertainment is an independent film and TV production company in the UK. Komixx acquires, develops and produces feature films and TV series for the kids to young-adult audience. Their productions include The Kissing Booth, ITCH, Dog Loves Books, and more.
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closed 7/13/2016 via BusinessWire

Hasbro, Inc., acquired Boulder Media

synopsis: Hasbro, Inc. has acquired Boulder Media, a multi-award winning Irish animation company based in Dublin. Boulder has produced a variety of award-winning series for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney and BBC. Founded in 2000, Boulder is one of the fastest growing animation studios in Ireland with approximately 150 full-time employees.
buyer: Hasbro, Inc. (HAS:$5,474.64)
Hasbro is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families. "
target: Boulder Media
Boulder Media is a multi-award winning Irish animation company based in Dublin. One of Ireland’s largest animation studios, it has produced many great shows for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, BBC and Disney, including Wander Over Yonder for Disney, and Go Jetters and Danger Mouse for BBC.
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announced 12/2/2014 via Reuters

DHX Media Ltd., will acquire Nerd Corps Entertainment

synopsis: DHX Media Ltd, which produces children's entertainment shows, said it has agreed to buy privately held Nerd Corps Entertainment, one of North America’s largest privately owned animation studios.
buyer: DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX.B:$318.42)
DHX Media Ltd., a leading broadcaster, creator, producer and marketer of family entertainment, is recognized globally for such brands as Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test, and the multi-award winning Degrassi franchise. "
target: Nerd Corps Entertainment
Nerd Corps Entertainment, established in 2002, is one of North America’s largest privately owned animation studios, boasting a diverse portfolio of award-winning original properties such as Slugterra, League of Super Evil, Storm Hawks and Rated A for Awesome.
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$52
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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 5/12/2010 via GlobeNewswire

Left Behind Games, Inc., acquired LifeLine Studios, Inc.

synopsis: Left Behind Games Inc., a leading publisher of Christian video games, announced it has finalized the acquisition of the Charlie Church Mouse brand name from LifeLine Studios. This will include ownership of not only the games, but also the Charlie Church Mouse TV series.
buyer: Left Behind Games, Inc. (LFBG:$1.60)
Left Behind Games Inc. has become one of the world's leading independent developers and publishers of quality interactive entertainment products that perpetuate positive values and appeal to mainstream and faith-based audiences. "
target: LifeLine Studios, Inc.
Lifeline Studios seek to support the family with quality media that embraces faith-based values. Lifeline Studios provides television programs, computer games, web portals and films for Christian families around the world.
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announced 8/30/2007 via PR Newswire

Organetix, will acquire KidFitness, Inc.

synopsis: On August 13, 2007 Organetix entered into a definitive share exchange agreement to acquire a 100% interest in New York- based media firm KidFitness, Inc.
buyer: Organetix
Organetix Inc. has defined its short-term strategy as evaluating potential acquisition candidates to both restore and create shareholder value. "
target: KidFitness, Inc.
KidFitness, Inc. has developed comprehensive media based programs to assist young children in improving fitness and health. Specifically the Company's exercise programs target a growing nationalhealth concern known as Child Obesity.
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$12
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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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announced 10/27/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Genius Brands International, Inc, will acquire WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.

synopsis: Genius Brands International, Inc., a global kids media company, will acquire 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:$1.92)
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 [$76]
rev ($mm)
$56
EBITDA ($mm)
$5
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1.3x
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15.7x
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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StoryBots

Asatsu-DK, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Mirage Studios

Entertainment Rights plc

Look It's Me On TV!, Inc.

LazyTown

Jetix Europe N.V.

Kickback Media

InnoForm Media Pte Ltd

Komixx Entertainment

Boulder Media

Nerd Corps Entertainment

Rovio Entertainment ltd.

LifeLine Studios, Inc.

KidFitness, Inc.

Rollo Rights Limited

WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.

Sola Media

Rocket Cartoons

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