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announced 6/30/2008 via BusinessWire

Platinum Studios, will acquire Wowio

synopsis: Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, is in negotiations to acquire WOWIO, LLC, a leading online source for downloading digital books and comics.
buyer: Platinum Studios
Platinum Studios is an entertainment company that works with independent comic book creators and small publishers forming the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and produces for all forms of media. "
target: Wowio
WOWIO opened on the World Wide Web in August 2006 endeavoring to dramatically expand access to important written works by eliminating the economic, geographic, and logistical barriers of readers while also ensuring that content owners are fairly compensated.
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closed 6/3/2010 via BusinessWire

Wowio, acquired WEvolt

synopsis: WOWIO, an online destination and established market leader that provides access to rich, digital media content and eBooks, announced the acquisition of WEvolt, an innovative social networking platform designed to bring creators and fans closer than ever before.
buyer parent: Platinum Studios
buyer: Wowio
WOWIO is an online destination that provides users with the opportunity to share and consume digital media content, such as eComics and eBooks, while providing revenue generating opportunities for creators and publishers through advertising and merchandising programs. "
target: WEvolt
WEvolt is an innovative online technology and social community that allows artists working in any medium to upload, promote and monetize their original content. WEvolt also functions as a browser homepage in which anyone can store, share, schedule and organize their online entertainment.
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closed 2/17/2010 via BusinessWire

Graphic.ly, acquired iFanboy

synopsis: Graphic.ly, the cutting-edge community and digital content delivery platform for comics and other forms of publishing, has acquired iFanboy, one of the leading communities, news and audio & video sites for the comics and graphic novel enthusiast.
buyer: Graphic.ly
Graphic.ly is a digital content delivery system and community platform for the publishing world. Graphic.ly’s first product focuses on comic publishers, creators and enthusiasts, and provides an immersive social experience and marketplace around digital comics and associated merchandise. "
target: iFanboy
iFanboy, one of the leading communities for comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts, began ten years ago as a site for fans to share information and knowledge on comic books.
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announced 5/12/2021 via PR Newswire

Kakao Entertainment Corp., will acquire Tapas Media, Inc.

synopsis: Kakao Entertainment a signed definitive agreement to acquire storytelling platform based in the U.S., Tapas Media, Inc. (hereafter Tapas). Tapas is a next-generation media company offering bite-sized content through its online mobile platform, Tapas.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Entertainment Corp.
Kakao Entertainment Corp. is innovating the full spectrum of the entertainment industry value chain. Kakao Entertainment operates Korea's most popular mobile content platforms, providing users access to over 80,000 IPs, including the most extensive library of original content in the country. "
target: Tapas Media, Inc.
Tapas Media, Inc. is a next-generation media company offering bite-sized content through its online mobile platform, Tapas. Tapas Media properties, which consists of the popular Tapas mobile app and Tapas, boasts over 8 billion views to date from more than 8.6 registered users.
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closed 1/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

Media Do Holdings Co., Ltd., acquired MyAnimeList

synopsis: Media Do Holdings, a Japaneses e-book distributor, has acquired MyAnimeList from DeNA, a Japanese developer of mobile and online services. MyAnimeList is the world's largest database and social community for anime and manga. MyAnimeList allows users to create a personalized list of titles to help them keep track of their progress.
buyer: Media Do Holdings Co., Ltd. (TSE:3678:$419.61)
Media Do Holdings is a Japaneses e-book distributor. Media Do offers various types of e-books, including comics, fiction, non-fiction, photo-books, and magazines. Media Do's distribution network is comprised of more than 100 companies. "
target parent: DeNA Global, Inc.
target: MyAnimeList
MyAnimeList is the world's largest database and social community for anime and manga. MyAnimeList allows users to create a personalized list of titles to help them keep track of their progress. Their forums allow users to discuss their favorite series and keep up to date with anime and manga news.
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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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announced 6/3/2013 via

Townsquare Media Group, will purchase Music and Comic Book Sites from AOL Inc.

synopsis: Townsquare Media Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire AOL Music assets The Boot, The BoomBox and NoiseCreep, as well as ComicsAlliance from AOL Inc. The new digital properties will join Townsquare Media Group’s national digital business and the staffs of these sites are joining Townsquare.
buyer: Townsquare Media Group (NYSE:TSQ:$507.43)
Townsquare Media Group is a diversified media, entertainment and digital marketing services company that owns and operates radio, digital and live event properties. The Company specializes in creating and distributing original entertainment, music and lifestyle content. "
seller: AOL Inc. (AOL:$2,569.00)
The AOL Music assets include: country and bluegrass site "The Boot"; rap, hip-hop and R&B site "The BoomBox"; and hard rock and heavy metal site "NoiseCreep", as well as comic books site "ComicsAlliance".
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closed 3/4/2013 via Market Wire

Red Giant Entertainment, acquired ComicGenesis.com

synopsis: Red Giant Entertainment Inc. announced its acquisition of all outstanding shares of ComicGenesis, LLC, a Nevada company, through a share exchange agreement with owner Chris Crosby. ComicGenesis.com is a top user-generated comics website described by some as "YouTube for comics."
buyer: Red Giant Entertainment (OTCPK:REDG:($0.01))
Red Giant Entertainment, Inc. is a Florida-based corporation that specializes in Intellectual Property development for multiple media platforms and transmedia propagation. Some of these properties are actively in development into other media such as movies, video games, television, novels, and more."
target: ComicGenesis.com
Launched in 2000, ComicGenesis.com is a top user-generated comics website described by some as "YouTube for comics." The site allows users to upload and display their own comics online, with display customization abilities that are unavailable through virtually all competitors.
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closed 12/4/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Gfinity plc, acquired Epicstream

synopsis: Gfinity, a modern esports company in the UK, has acquired Epicstream, an online news community for fantasy and sci-fi entertainment. Epicstream provides meaningful content on movies, television shows, books, comic books and video games through their website and social media network. They also offer entertaining quizzes, videos, reviews, and more.
buyer: Gfinity plc (AIM:GFIN:$5.99)
Founded in 2012, Gfinity has established itself as one of the world's leading esports companies. The London-based business enjoys strong relationships with game publishers, players and the wider esports community and has built a solid reputation for delivering high quality competitions. "
target: Epicstream
Epicstream is a leading online news community for fantasy and sci-fi entertainment. Epicstream provides meaningful content on movies, television shows, books, comic books and video games through their website and social media network. They also offer entertaining quizzes, videos, reviews, and more.
price ($mm)
$0.48
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$0
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closed 9/18/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., acquired Reflector Entertainment

synopsis: Bandai Namco Entertainment, a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher, has acquired Reflector Entertainment, a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
buyer parent: BANDAI NAMCO Holdings, Inc.
buyer: Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Namco Entertainment is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher. Bandai Namco publishes and develops games for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. Their top video game franchises include PAC-MAN, Tekken, Galaga, Ace Combat, and more. "
target: Reflector Entertainment
Reflector Entertainment is a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates expanding universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across a wide variety of platforms, including novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
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$11
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announced 12/27/2013 via BNC Analysis

Baidu.com, Inc., will acquire Beijing Huanxiang Zongheng Chinese Literature Website Co., Ltd

synopsis: Perfect World, a leading online game developer and operator in China, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Beijing Huanxiang Zongheng Chinese Literature Website Co., Ltd, the entity that operates Perfect World's Chinese online reading business to Baidu.
buyer: Baidu.com, Inc. (BIDU:$16,035.53)
Baidu is the leading Chinese language Internet search provider. As a technology-based media company, it aims to provide the best way for people to find information. Baidu not only serves Internet search users, but also provides an effective platform for businesses to reach potential customers. "
target parent: Perfect World Co., Ltd.
target: Beijing Huanxiang Zongheng Chinese Literature Website Co., Ltd
Beijing Huanxiang Zongheng Chinese Literature Website Co., Ltd.(PW Literature) owns and operates an online literature platform where readers subscribe to works by freelance writers.
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closed 10/30/2013 via Publishers Weekly

Random House Children's Media Group, acquired Figment, LLC

synopsis: Random House Children’s Books has acquired Figment, an online writing community for teens founded by Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear in 2010 that has attracted more than 300,000 users. The site allows teens to develop as writers and has shown itself to be an effective marketing and promotional platform for the Young Adult marketplace.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann AG
buyer: Random House Children's Media Group
Random House Children's Media Group is a publisher of quality literature for children of all ages. It is comprised of Children's Publishing and Children's Media. "
target: Figment, LLC
Figment is an online writing community for teens. The site allows teens to develop as writers and is an effective marketing and promotional platform for the Young Adult marketplace.
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announced 2/27/2012 via BNC Analysis

Figment, LLC, will acquire inkpop

synopsis: Figment, a teen writing site launched by two Condé Nast vets, is buying a competitor: HarperCollins’ Inkpop, an online writing community.
buyer: Figment, LLC
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other people who love to read, and discover new stories and authors. "
target parent: News Corporation
target: inkpop
inkpop is a writing community created by HarperCollins Publishers. inkpop is devoted to give teens (and those who write for teens)a voice in YA publishing.
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closed 3/24/2021 via PR Newswire

diacriTech, acquired Flexpub & oLibrary

synopsis: diacriTech has announced the purchase of Flexpub™ and oLibrary™. Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
buyer: diacriTech
diacriTech, a cutting-edge publishing solutions company with worldwide clients, is known for developing platforms to automate simultaneous production of both print and digital content. XEditPro, a flagship SaaS-based publishing platform from diacriTech, enables the end-to-end publishing cycle. "
target: Flexpub & oLibrary
Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
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closed 6/21/2011 via BusinessWeek

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, acquired Helium, Inc.

synopsis: Printing services company R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. acquired Helium.com, which matches online and print publishers with writers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
buyer: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD:$6,413.40)
RR Donnelley is a global provider of integrated communications. The company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services. "
target parent: LaunchCapital LLC
target: Helium, Inc.
Helium is a knowledge co-operative where writers are also editors who read and rate every article on the site. At Helium, they believe that everyone can contribute what they know to share with millions of readers around the globe.
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announced 11/15/2021 via BNC Analysis

Storytel AB, will acquire Audiobooks.com

synopsis: Storytel, the international audiobook streaming company, is buying Audiobooks.com from KKR, owner of RBmedia. Audiobooks.com is an app-based streaming and download service for audiobooks, delivering fast and easy access to over 100,000 titles to booklovers around the world.
buyer: Storytel AB (NGM:STORY B:$334.93)
Storytel is Northern Europe’s leading audiobook and e-book streaming service and offers unlimited listening and reading of more than 500,000 titles on a global scale. Their vision is to make the world a more empathetic place with great stories to be shared and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere. "
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
target: Audiobooks.com
Audiobooks.com is an app-based streaming and download service for audiobooks, delivering fast and easy access to over 100,000 titles to booklovers around the world. Subscribers can listen to their audiobook of choice on any Internet-enabled device via the free Audiobooks.com app.
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$135
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closed 6/11/2018 via BNC Analysis

The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd., purchased Haiku Tefutefu from PoliPoli

synopsis: PoliPoli, a politech start up company, has transferred their app 'Haiku Tefutefu' to the Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. Haiku Tefutefu is a SNS service where people could post haikus and communicate through them.
buyer: The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, the Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. publishes newspapers. The company offers news and information in the areas of business, world, sports, arts and entertainment, and lifestyle and health. "
seller: PoliPoli
Based in Japan, PoliPoli rebuilds the national system with technology. They created a SNS service, Haiku Tefutefu, where people can post and communicate by haikus. The app was made popular due to haiku competitions and haiku TV programs.
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closed 4/11/2017 via PR Newswire

RBmedia, acquired Audiobooks.com

synopsis: RBmedia, a newly launched global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, announced its acquisition of Audiobooks.com, an innovator in the on-demand audiobooks sector. An app-based subscription service, Audiobooks.com provides access to more than 100,000 bestsellers and classics.
buyer: RBmedia
RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers – at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and delivers the finest digital content. "
target: Audiobooks.com
Audiobooks.com is an app-based streaming and download service for audiobooks, delivering fast and easy access to over 100,000 titles to booklovers around the world. Subscribers can listen to their audiobook of choice on any Internet-enabled device via the free Audiobooks.com app.
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announced 7/22/2020 via New York Times

The New York Times Company, will acquire Serial Productions

synopsis: The New York Times Company has agreed to buy Serial Productions, the company behind the hit podcast “Serial,” an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. The series was co-created and is co-produced by Koenig and Julie Snyder and developed by This American Life.
buyer: The New York Times Company (NYT:$1,784.76)
The New York Times Company a global media organization focused on creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information. The New York Times brand a trusted source of news and information for readers and viewers across various platforms. "
target: Serial Productions
Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. The series was co-created and is co-produced by Koenig and Julie Snyder and developed by This American Life.
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closed 6/8/2010 via BusinessWire

WOWIO, Inc., acquired DrunkDuck.com

synopsis: WOWIO, Inc., an established market leader with an online destination that provides access to rich digital media content and eBooks, announced the acquisition of leading webcomics community DrunkDuck. DrunkDuck maintains one of the leading webcomics communities, where creators are able to post comics and interact with their fans daily on forums.
buyer parent: Platinum Studios
buyer: WOWIO, Inc.
WOWIO is an online destination that provides users with the opportunity to share and consume digital media content, such as eComics and eBooks, while providing revenue generating opportunities for creators and publishers through advertising and merchandising programs. "
target parent: Platinum Studios
target: DrunkDuck.com
DrunkDuck provides free hosting services for webcomic creators. DrunkDuck has evolved into one of the largest online webcomic communities with over 24,000 comic strips and stories. DrunkDuck also provides free message boards and forums, games, and a variety of customization tools.
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$0.23
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closed 6/3/2010 via BusinessWire

Wowio, acquired WEvolt

synopsis: WOWIO, an online destination and established market leader that provides access to rich, digital media content and eBooks, announced the acquisition of WEvolt, an innovative social networking platform designed to bring creators and fans closer than ever before.
buyer parent: Platinum Studios
buyer: Wowio
WOWIO is an online destination that provides users with the opportunity to share and consume digital media content, such as eComics and eBooks, while providing revenue generating opportunities for creators and publishers through advertising and merchandising programs. "
target: WEvolt
WEvolt is an innovative online technology and social community that allows artists working in any medium to upload, promote and monetize their original content. WEvolt also functions as a browser homepage in which anyone can store, share, schedule and organize their online entertainment.
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announced 6/30/2008 via BusinessWire

Platinum Studios, will acquire Wowio

synopsis: Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, is in negotiations to acquire WOWIO, LLC, a leading online source for downloading digital books and comics.
buyer: Platinum Studios
Platinum Studios is an entertainment company that works with independent comic book creators and small publishers forming the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and produces for all forms of media. "
target: Wowio
WOWIO opened on the World Wide Web in August 2006 endeavoring to dramatically expand access to important written works by eliminating the economic, geographic, and logistical barriers of readers while also ensuring that content owners are fairly compensated.
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closed 6/8/2010 via BusinessWire

WOWIO, Inc., acquired DrunkDuck.com

synopsis: WOWIO, Inc., an established market leader with an online destination that provides access to rich digital media content and eBooks, announced the acquisition of leading webcomics community DrunkDuck. DrunkDuck maintains one of the leading webcomics communities, where creators are able to post comics and interact with their fans daily on forums.
buyer parent: Platinum Studios
buyer: WOWIO, Inc.
WOWIO is an online destination that provides users with the opportunity to share and consume digital media content, such as eComics and eBooks, while providing revenue generating opportunities for creators and publishers through advertising and merchandising programs. "
target parent: Platinum Studios
target: DrunkDuck.com
DrunkDuck provides free hosting services for webcomic creators. DrunkDuck has evolved into one of the largest online webcomic communities with over 24,000 comic strips and stories. DrunkDuck also provides free message boards and forums, games, and a variety of customization tools.
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closed 6/3/2010 via BusinessWire

Wowio, acquired WEvolt

synopsis: WOWIO, an online destination and established market leader that provides access to rich, digital media content and eBooks, announced the acquisition of WEvolt, an innovative social networking platform designed to bring creators and fans closer than ever before.
buyer parent: Platinum Studios
buyer: Wowio
WOWIO is an online destination that provides users with the opportunity to share and consume digital media content, such as eComics and eBooks, while providing revenue generating opportunities for creators and publishers through advertising and merchandising programs. "
target: WEvolt
WEvolt is an innovative online technology and social community that allows artists working in any medium to upload, promote and monetize their original content. WEvolt also functions as a browser homepage in which anyone can store, share, schedule and organize their online entertainment.
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announced 6/30/2008 via BusinessWire

Platinum Studios, will acquire Wowio

synopsis: Platinum Studios, Inc., an entertainment company that controls an international library of more than 5,600 comic book characters which it adapts, produces and licenses for all forms of media, is in negotiations to acquire WOWIO, LLC, a leading online source for downloading digital books and comics.
buyer: Platinum Studios
Platinum Studios is an entertainment company that works with independent comic book creators and small publishers forming the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and produces for all forms of media. "
target: Wowio
WOWIO opened on the World Wide Web in August 2006 endeavoring to dramatically expand access to important written works by eliminating the economic, geographic, and logistical barriers of readers while also ensuring that content owners are fairly compensated.
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closed 9/25/2006 via

Platinum Studios, acquired DrunkDuck.com

synopsis: Platinum Studios, an entertainment company that controls the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, today announced the acquisition of leading web comics networking community DrunkDuck.com and the launch of Platinum Studios Mobile.
buyer: Platinum Studios
Platinum Studios is an entertainment company that works with independent comic book creators and small publishers forming the world's largest independent library of comic book characters, which it adapts and produces for all forms of media. "
target: DrunkDuck.com
DrunkDuck.com is a website for the web comics community built for and by web comics and comic book creators and fans to publish, post, support and champion online comic book creations everywhere. DrunkDunk.com was founded in 2002 by Dylan Squires in his spare time.
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closed 12/29/2010 via BNC Analysis

Gentosha Inc., acquired Gentosha Inc.

synopsis: Japanese publisher Gentosha Inc. said that a tender offer led by its president, Toru Kenjo, has been completed in success.
buyer: Gentosha Inc.
GENTOSHA INC. is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the publishing business. The Company operates in five business segments. The Book segment is engaged in the publication and sale of books, paperback books, new books and magazines. "
target parent: Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
target: Gentosha Inc.
GENTOSHA INC. is a Japan-based company mainly engaged in the publishing business. The Company operates in five business segments. The Book segment is engaged in the publication and sale of books, paperback books, new books and magazines.
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$48 [($17)]*
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$170
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$29
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closed 9/18/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., acquired Reflector Entertainment

synopsis: Bandai Namco Entertainment, a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher, has acquired Reflector Entertainment, a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
buyer parent: BANDAI NAMCO Holdings, Inc.
buyer: Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Namco Entertainment is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher. Bandai Namco publishes and develops games for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. Their top video game franchises include PAC-MAN, Tekken, Galaga, Ace Combat, and more. "
target: Reflector Entertainment
Reflector Entertainment is a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates expanding universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across a wide variety of platforms, including novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
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announced 9/11/2014 via PR Newswire

Vook, Inc., will acquire Byliner

synopsis: Vook, Inc. is acquiring Byliner, the pre-eminent boutique publisher of the world's best short fiction and non-fiction. Vook's proprietary publishing and data-driven marketing platform powers the publishing programs of the world's leading media companies and brands. Byliner is joining Vook as its first in-house imprint.
buyer: Vook, Inc.
Vook was founded in 2009 by serial entrepreneur Brad Inman with the vision of lighting up the world’s content in the post PC world. Vook has created an innovative technology platform that produces rich media experiences for the tablet market. "
target: Byliner
Byliner, named “one of the 10 Most Innovative Media Companies in the World”, is a subscription reading service and publisher of award-winning fiction and nonfiction e-shorts, digital books written to be read in two hours or less. It was founded in spring 2011 and is headquartered in San Francisco.
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closed 7/28/2021 via BusinessWire

Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., acquired Bloodhound Books Ltd.

synopsis: Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M), a leading marketing technology company, has acquired Bloodhound Books, a leading independent fiction publisher based in the UK. Bloodhound Books specialises in publishing eBooks but also offers print on demand paperbacks for all of their titles. Their books include Mr Nice, Frailty, Carrion, and more.
buyer: Open Road Integrated Media, Inc.
Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M) is a marketing tech company that helps businesses reach consumers and convert them into customers. OR/M invests in a data-informed consumer-first model which provides discovery for 100% of content and books to consumers through its digital technology. "
target: Bloodhound Books Ltd.
Bloodhound Books is a leading independent fiction publisher based in the UK. Bloodhound Books specialises in publishing eBooks but also offers print on demand paperbacks for all of their titles. Their books include Mr Nice, Frailty, Carrion, A Time to Change, and more.
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closed 6/2/2021 via BNC Analysis

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired Head of Zeus

synopsis: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, a global independent publisher, has acquired Head of Zeus Limited (HoZ), an independent publishing house in the UK. HoZ publishes genre fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books. Their authors write biographies, crime novels, romances, popular science, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, and more.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$261.90)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a global independent publisher across trade, specialist, professional, school, and higher education markets. Its Academic division publishes around 1,800 titles per year, specializing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. "
target: Head of Zeus
Head of Zeus (HoZ) is an independent publishing house in the UK. HoZ publishes genre fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books. Their authors write biographies, crime novels, romances, popular science, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, cook books, and more.
price ($mm)
$11
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$12
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announced 5/12/2021 via PR Newswire

Kakao Entertainment Corp., will acquire Radish

synopsis: Kakao Entertainment will acquire storytelling platform based Radish Media, Inc. (hereafter Radish). Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Entertainment Corp.
Kakao Entertainment Corp. is innovating the full spectrum of the entertainment industry value chain. Kakao Entertainment operates Korea's most popular mobile content platforms, providing users access to over 80,000 IPs, including the most extensive library of original content in the country. "
target: Radish
Radish is a mobile fiction platform for serialized storytelling, offering the literary equivalent of the addictive TV drama series. Its wide variety of stories are published and read in bite-sized installments, optimized for the smartphone reader.
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$440
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closed 1/31/2021 via BNC Analysis

Turner Publishing Company, acquired Prospect Park Books LLC

synopsis: Turner Publishing Company announced its acquisition of Prospect Park Books of Altadena, California. Prospect Park Books is a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles. The acquisition comprises more than 100 existing titles and approximately 11 titles in the process of being published.
buyer: Turner Publishing Company
Founded in 1985, Turner Publishing Company is an award-winning independent publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee, that currently publishes more than 5,000 titles. It has been named five times to Publishers Weekly's Fastest Growing Publishers List. "
target: Prospect Park Books LLC
Prospect Park Books is a California native, publishing beautiful print and digital books with wit, creativity, and intelligence. They're a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles.
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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
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$600
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closed 10/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

Vesuvian Media Group, acquired Black Spot Books

synopsis: Vesuvian Media Group, a Los Angeles–based books-to-film multimedia company, has acquired Black Spot Books, a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction that has released about 12 titles of speculative fiction with another dozen in the publishing pipeline.
buyer: Vesuvian Media Group
Vesuvian Media Group is a books-to-film multimedia corporation dedicated to creating quality entertainment across literary and visual arts. Through the divisions of Vesuvian Books and Vesuvian Entertainment, VMG provides Hollywood unparalleled access to high quality content and talent. "
target: Black Spot Books
Black Spot Books is a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction. They aim to release books monthly and their books include Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker and And Then There Were Crows by Alcy Leyva.
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closed 9/4/2019 via BNC Analysis

Iron Stream Media, acquired Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas LLC

synopsis: Iron Stream Media, a Christian publisher, has acquired Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC Books), a traditional, royalty-paying publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles. LPC Books works with Christian Devotions Ministries to produce truth-filled books. Their books range from romance and suspense to westerns and Christian nonfiction.
buyer: Iron Stream Media
Iron Stream Media is a Christian publisher. The company provides a variety of solutions for churches, missionaries, and nonprofits that include Bible study curriculum, Christian book publishing, and more. Their brands include New Hope Publishers, Iron Stream Books, Ascender Books, and New Hope Kidz."
target: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas LLC
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC Books) is a traditional, royalty-paying publisher of fiction and nonfiction titles. LPC Books works with Christian Devotions Ministries to produce truth-filled books. Their books range from romance and suspense to westerns and Christian nonfiction.
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closed 3/20/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Rowman & Littlefield, acquired McBooks Press

synopsis: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group has acquired McBooks Press of Ithaca, N.Y. McBooks’ extensive list of publications features genres of historical fiction, particularly naval and military fiction, nonfiction, healthy living and sports.
buyer: Rowman & Littlefield
Rowman & Littlefield is a leading independent publisher. They focus on academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences, government and official data, and educational publishing. In addition to print publishing they also specialize in creating e-book editions. "
target: McBooks Press
McBooks Press has been publishing books independently for over 30 years. McBooks’ extensive list of publications features genres of historical fiction, particularly naval and military fiction, nonfiction, healthy living and sports. Most of their titles are also available as e-books.
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closed 1/18/2019 via Company Press Release

Histria Books, acquired Addison & Highsmith Publishers

synopsis: Histria Books, a company that publishes general interest books, fiction and literature, and children’s books, as well as scholarly books in broad range of categories, has acquired Addison & Highsmith Publishers, an adult fiction publishing company, dedicated to historical fiction, science fiction, detective novels and other categories of fiction.
buyer: Histria Books
Histria Books publishes general interest books, fiction and literature, and children’s books, as well as scholarly books in broad range of categories. Originally established as an academic publishing house, Histria Books is now an independent publishing house. "
target: Addison & Highsmith Publishers
Addison & Highsmith Publishers is an adult fiction publishing company whose title catalogue include the works of best-selling author, S.P. Grogan. They are dedicated to works of adult fiction, including historical fiction, science fiction, detective novels and other categories of fiction.
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closed 9/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB, acquired Printz Publishing AB

synopsis: Norstedts Publishers, Sweden's oldest publishing house, has acquired Printz Publishing, a Swedish publisher. Printz Publishing mainly publishes fiction books that are well-written and smart feel-good novels with a touch of black humor. They also offer lifestyle books, cookbooks, biographies, and books about interior design.
buyer parent: Storytel AB
buyer: Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB (XSAT:STORY B:$46.02)
Founded in 1823, Norstedts is Sweden's oldest publishing house. The publishing program comprises fiction, non-fiction, academic, reference books and dictionaries. Norstedts comprises the imprints Rabén & Sjögren, B. Wahlströms, Massolit and Norstedts Kartor. "
target: Printz Publishing AB
Founded in 2010, Printz Publishing is a Swedish publisher. The company mainly publishes fiction books that are well-written and smart feel-good novels with a touch of black humor. Printz also offers non-fiction books such as lifestyle books, cookbooks, biographies, and books about interior design.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$2
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
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closed 9/20/2017 via BNC Analysis

Canongate Books Limited, acquired Severn House Publishers Limited

synopsis: Canongate has acquired Severn House Publishers, a specialist fiction publisher founded in 1974. Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house that produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction.
buyer: Canongate Books Limited
Canongate is an independent publisher. Since 1973 they’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices they can find, wherever they come from, and they’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, and life-changing. "
target: Severn House Publishers Limited
Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house, which produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction. Founded as a publisher of hardback fiction, they now produce titles in all formats, including eBooks and large print.
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closed 8/1/2017 via Company Press Release

JP/Politiken Forlag, acquired Hr. Ferdinand

synopsis: As of August 1, 2017, JP/Politiken Forlag acquired the publishing house Hr. Ferdinand and the two subsidiaries Don Max and C&K. They’ve specialized in translated literature with authors such as Dan Brown, Elena Ferrante, Stephen King, Alaa Al-Aswany, and Lena Dunham.
buyer parent: JP/Politikens Hus A/S
buyer: JP/Politiken Forlag
JP/Politikens Forlag was founded in 1946 and one of Denmark's largest publishers with an annual tradition of developing books, both in print and digital, in collaboration with academically acclaimed authors. JP/Politikens Forlag is part of JP/Politikens Hus A/S. "
target: Hr. Ferdinand
Hr. Ferdinand also consists of the subsidiaries C&K and Don Max. All three houses exclusively publish translated fiction with authors such as Dan Brown, Elena Ferrante, Stephen King, Alaa Al-Aswany, and Lena Dunham. Hr. Ferdinand, C&K and Don Max have an attractive portfolio of high quality titles.
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closed 3/29/2017 via Company Press Release

Hachette UK, acquired Bookouture

synopsis: Hachette UK, the second largest publisher in the UK, has acquired Bookouture, a fast-growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. With a growing reputation for bestsellers and millions of copies sold each year, they're aiming to set the benchmark for digital publishing.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette UK
Hachette UK is a leading UK trade publishing group. The group is made up of several publishing companies and imprints including Headline Publishing Group, Hodder & Stoughton, John Murray, Quercus Books, Orion Publishing Group, Octopus Publishing Group, Hachette Children's Books, and more. "
target: Bookouture
Bookouture is a fast-growing digital publisher of commercial fiction. With a growing reputation for bestsellers and millions of copies sold each year, they're aiming to set the benchmark for digital publishing.
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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Canelo, acquired Frisch & Co.

synopsis: Canelo has acquired Berlin-based translated fiction publisher Frisch & Co. Digital publisher Frisch & Co. will become wholly-owned by Canelo as an imprint of the digital publisher. Founded in 2012 by American publisher EJ van Lanen and based in Berlin, the company has published 13 books in translation.
buyer: Canelo
Canelo is a digital publisher, dedicated to finding the most exciting fiction and non-fiction for release as ebooks, apps and on the web. "
target: Frisch & Co.
Frisch & Co. Electronic Books is a Berlin-based ebook company that focuses on publishing contemporary fiction in English-language translation. Frisch & Co. seeks to bring innovative and original writing into English for a worldwide audience.
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closed 11/13/2014 via BNC Analysis

Vook, Inc., acquired Coliloquy, LLC

synopsis: Vook, Inc. is pleased to announce it is acquiring the publishing arm of Coliloquy, a Palo Alto-based digital publisher of enhanced and interactive ebooks and apps. They pioneered the creation of interactive, reader-driven narratives on the Kindle E Ink platform, eventually publishing over 30 titles across all ebook and mobile platforms.
buyer: Vook, Inc.
Vook, Inc. operates as a publisher of ebooks. It also offers service for distributing the ebooks globally. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in New York, New York. "
target: Coliloquy, LLC
Coliloquy is a digital publisher of active fiction, specializing in reader engagement and serial storytelling. They leverage advances in technology to create groundbreaking new forms of digital fiction.
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announced 3/25/2014 via Wall Street Journal

Hodder & Stoughton General Publishing, will acquire Quercus

synopsis: Hodder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hachette UK has made an offer to acquire Quercus. Quercus specializes in commercial fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing in digital and print formats and incorporates the prestigious MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hodder & Stoughton General Publishing
Hodder & Stoughton is a major publisher. They publish a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles and are renowned for passion, quality and delivering bestselling commercial books in many different formats. "
target: Quercus
Quercus specializes in commercial fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing in digital and print formats and incorporates the prestigious MacLehose Press, Jo Fletcher Books and Heron Books imprints.
price ($mm)[EV]
$20 [$20]
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$33
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$2
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0.6x
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8.2x
closed 9/18/2013 via Publishers Weekly

Start Publishing, acquired Salvo Press

synopsis: Start Publishing, the publishing division of Start Media, has purchased Salvo Press, an independent house specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror.
buyer parent: Start Media, LLC
buyer: Start Publishing
Start Publishing, LLC is a New York based publishing company that specializes in the publishing and marketing of eBooks. They have amassed roughly 1300 titles in the Start Publishing catalogue. "
target: Salvo Press
Salvo Press was founded in 1998 by Scott Schmit, the pen name of thriller author Trevor Scott, author of the popular Jake Adams International Espionage thriller series. Salvo Press currently has about 57 titles.
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