Like Crestock Corporation

closed 7/1/2010 via Company Description

Masterfile Corporation, acquired Crestock Corporation

synopsis: Effective July 1, 2010, the assets of Crestock were acquired by Masterfile Corporation, through its subsidiary, Crestock Corporation. Masterfile is a privately-owned company. It has been in the image licensing business since 1981 and is globally recognized in the advertising, publishing and stock photography community as a premium brand.
buyer: Masterfile Corporation
Masterfile Corporation, a stock photo agency, provides rights-managed and royalty-free stock photos and illustrations for commercial use in media. "
target: Crestock Corporation
Crestock is a visual content provider licensing quality royalty-free stock photos and vector illustrations. They are a a growing player in micropayment royalty-free stock photography, helping clients with small budgets find creative images for their projects.
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closed 6/1/2011 via PR Newswire

Getty Images, Inc., acquired Photolibrary

synopsis: Getty Images, a leading creator and distributor of visual content and other media, has successfully completed the acquisition of Photolibrary, a leading provider of creative stills imagery. Photolibrary brings to Getty Images a broad range of versatile content, with regional as well as global appeal.
buyer parent: Hellman & Friedman LLC
buyer: Getty Images, Inc. (:$185.08)
Getty Images is one of the world's leading creators and distributors of still imagery, footage and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. "
target: Photolibrary
Photolibrary is a leading provider of creative stills imagery. The Photolibrary Group represents the world’s leading stock brands and the finest photographers from around the world, to bring memorable, workable content to the creative communities in Europe, America, Asia and The Pacific.
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closed 9/23/2009 via PR Newswire

ShutterStock, acquired BigStockPhoto

synopsis: Shutterstock, the world's largest subscription-based stock photo agency, announced that it has acquired BigStockPhoto, a leading credit-based stock photo agency, headquartered in Davis, California.
buyer: ShutterStock (NYSE:SSTK:$789.27)
Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world. Its collection of premium photos, illustrations, and vectors combined with a selection of innovative, user-friendly subscription plans has made Shutterstock a trusted resource for an expanding global customer base. "
target: BigStockPhoto
BigStockPhoto provides an alternative to high-priced stock photography, and a marketplace for photographers to sell their work. The company has a diverse library of 3.7 Million royalty-free photos and vectors, and has created a vibrant community of image buyers and submitters from around the world.
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announced 1/15/2015 via PR Newswire

Shutterstock, Inc., will acquire Rex Features

synopsis: Shutterstock, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery and music, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Rex Features, the largest independently owned photographic press agency in Europe. Rex offers media companies and advertisers images and videos that capture the world around us with their live feed.
buyer: Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK:$789.27)
Shutterstock, Inc., is a global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. With its community of over 70,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of images each week."
target: Rex Features
As one of the world’s leading independent photographic press agencies and picture libraries, Rex Features has an international reputation as a premiere source of images and features for the world’s media.
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$33
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cancelled 7/8/2010 via Capital IQ

Getty Images, Inc., cancelled an acquisition of Rex Features

synopsis: Getty Images, Inc. cancelled the acquisition of Rex Features Ltd.
buyer parent: Hellman & Friedman LLC
buyer: Getty Images, Inc. (:$185.08)
Getty Images, Inc. is one of the largest international providers of visual content to a diverse range of professional users of images, including advertising and design agencies, magazine, newspaper, broadcasters production companies and the growing area of the web and new media publishers. "
target: Rex Features
As one of the world’s leading independent photographic press agencies and picture libraries, Rex Features has an international reputation as a premiere source of images and features for the world’s media.
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closed 5/19/2005 via BusinessWire

Jupitermedia Corporation, acquired Goodshoot S.A.S

synopsis: Jupitermedia Corporation announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary JupiterImages Corporation has acquired all of the shares of Goodshoot S.A.S, for approximately U.S. $9.8 million in cash.
buyer: Jupitermedia Corporation (OTCPK:MECK:$3.22)
WebMediaBrands, is the leading global provider of events, education, jobs, and content for business, media, and creative professionals. The company consists of four distinct brands: mediabistro.com, LearnNetwork, Freelance Connect, and Semantic Web. Over 6 million users visit WebMediaBrands monthly."
target: Goodshoot S.A.S
Goodshoot is a leading resource for royalty free digital images for business users and creative professionals.
price ($mm)
$9.80
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announced 3/5/2013 via PR Web

Pond5, will acquire Pixmac

synopsis: Pond5 Inc. and Pixmac s.r.o. announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Pond5 will acquire the assets of Pixmac, a leading stock imagery network based in the Czech Republic.
buyer: Pond5
Pond5 is the world's most vibrant marketplace for media makers, offering the web's largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, as well as millions of stock photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, Adobe After Effects project templates, and 3D models. "
target: Pixmac
Pixmac is a reliable microstock agency based in Czech Republic. It specializes on the best sales experience while making the largest possible collection of stock pictures.
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closed 2/12/2020 via PR Newswire

PA Media Group plc, acquired Alamy Limited

synopsis: PA Media Group, the UK-based news and information business, has acquired Alamy, a leading supplier of stock imagery. Headquartered in Oxfordshire, Alamy's online platform has one of the world's most diverse creative and editorial stock imagery collections, comprising almost 200 million photographs, vectors, and 360-degree panoramic images.
buyer: PA Media Group plc
PA Media Group plc comprises a diverse portfolio of specialist media companies, spanning news & information, data, technology, and communications services. Its flagship brand, PA Media, is the UK and Ireland's leading news agency. "
target: Alamy Limited
Oxfordshire-based Alamy's online platform is the world's most diverse stock photo library with close to 200 million creative and editorial stock photos, vectors, 360-degree images, and videos from individual photographers, picture agencies and archives.
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closed 3/5/2014 via PR Newswire

123RF.com, acquired Inspirestock

synopsis: Renowned royalty-free microstock content supplier 123RF.com is set for more aggressive expansion this year following a full buyout of premium stock content agency Inspirestock, thus positioning itself in the market as the exclusive supplier of premium content at microstock prices.
buyer: 123RF.com
123RF.com is one of the world’s largest players in the royalty-free microstock photography industry. Since its debut in June 2005, 123RF.com hosts close to over 18 million stock photographs, vector illustrations, footages, and logos. "
target: Inspirestock
Inspirestock is premium stock content agency that provides an exclusive premium imagery.
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announced 2/24/2017 via Company Press Release

PIXTA Inc., will acquire Topic Images Inc.

synopsis: PIXTA Inc., a company that operates an online marketplace site of stock photos, illustrations, vectors, and footage in Japan, is acquiring TOPIC Images Inc., a Korean company that owns and operates an online database for photographs. They offer stock images such as photographs, illustrations and motion clips.
buyer: PIXTA Inc. (TSE:3416:$15.70)
PIXTA Inc. operates an online marketplace site of stock photos, illustrations, vectors, and footage in Japan. It serves designers, Web directors, publishers, or other creative professionals. PIXTA Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. "
target: Topic Images Inc.
TOPIC Images Inc. owns and operates an online database for photographs. They offer stock images such as photographs, illustrations and motion clips. TOPIC Images Inc. was founded in 1992 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
price ($mm)
$1.16*
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$2
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closed 12/13/2012 via Market Wire

ddp images GmbH, acquired ddp images GmbH

synopsis: The Munich based HQTA AG (formerly dapd media holding AG) has disposed of its stake in the Hamburg based photo-agency ddp images GmbH in a management buyout. The founders Ulf Schmidt-Funke and Katharina Doerk acquired the successful company. ddp images is one of the widely spread photo sources in Germany for media companies.
buyer: ddp images GmbH
ddp images is one of the widely spread photo sources in Germany, with access to millions pictures of celebrities, politics, economics, Royals, Lifestyle and stock. Newspapers, online-media, tv-stations and advertising agencies rely on their ability to deliver the best image to their needs. "
target parent: Airmotion
target: ddp images GmbH
ddp images is one of the widely spread photo sources in Germany, with access to millions pictures of celebrities, politics, economics, Royals, Lifestyle and stock. Newspapers, online-media, tv-stations and advertising agencies rely on their ability to deliver the best image to their needs.
price ($mm)
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$8
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closed 11/14/2012 via

Corbis Images, acquired Demotix

synopsis: Corbis, a leading visual media provider for the creative community, announced that it acquired Demotix, an award winning open news platform. Launched in 2009, London-based Demotix is recognized as a source for breaking news photography from locations that many mainstream media struggle to reach.
buyer parent: Corbis Corporation
buyer: Corbis Images
Corbis Images is a leading visual media provider for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of stock photography and illustrations. Corbis Images has exceptional creative, documentary, archival, fine art, current events, and entertainment images. "
target: Demotix
Demotix is a multi-award winning global photojournalism newswire. With over 6,500 active photojournalists around the world, Demotix images have appeared on the front pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and elsewhere, and in print, broadcast and online media all over the globe.
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closed 5/16/2006 via BusinessWire

a21, Inc., acquired ArtSelect, Inc.

synopsis: a21, Inc., a leading online digital content marketplace for creative professionals, announced it has acquired ArtSelect, Inc., an Iowa based provider of online technology and fulfillment infrastructure for retailers in the custom framed Art and Wall Decor market.
buyer: a21, Inc.
a21 is a leading online digital content marketplace for the professional creative community. Through SuperStock, Ingram Publishing, and ArtSelect, a21 delivers high quality images and exceptional customer service. "
target: ArtSelect, Inc.
ArtSelect, founded in 1998, provides private label online technology and fulfillment infrastructure to catalogers, retailers and distributors to allow them to offer custom framed art to their end-customers through its unique online custom frame shop.
price ($mm)
$10
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$12
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$1
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20.0x
closed 2/21/2006 via Company Press Release

JupiterImages Corporation, acquired The Beauty Archive

synopsis: Jupiterimages, a division of Jupitermedia Corporation and a leading provider of rights-managed, royalty-free and subscription photography, today announced that it has acquired the assets of The Beauty Archive. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
buyer parent: Jupitermedia Corporation
buyer: JupiterImages Corporation
JupiterImages offers a powerful collection of premium digital image brands, giving you one-stop access for all your stock photography needs. "
target: The Beauty Archive
The Beauty Archive is a rights-managed image library that features elegant portraits and provocative images of young, contemporary men and women.
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closed 3/12/2007 via PR Newswire

Getty Images, Inc., acquired Scoopt

synopsis: Getty Images, Inc. announced its acquisition of Scoopt, an emerging source for user- generated editorial content. Scoopt is an aggregator and distributor of photographs and videos captured by eyewitnesses who have an accidental front row seat to headline-making moments.
buyer: Getty Images, Inc. (:$185.08)
Getty Images, Inc. is one of the largest international providers of visual content to a diverse range of professional users of images, including advertising and design agencies, magazine, newspaper, broadcasters production companies and the growing area of the web and new media publishers. "
target: Scoopt
Citizen photographers who submit imagery to Scoopt retain copyright while granting the agency a 12-month exclusive license that authorizes re-license to one or more publishers. Contributors will benefit from increased visibility and an extensive network of media contacts.
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closed 6/28/2016 via Company Press Release

Hubert Burda Media, acquired StockFood GmbH

synopsis: The Munich-based StockFood GmbH is now part of Hubert Burda Media´s network. StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world.
buyer: Hubert Burda Media
Responsible for over 400 print and digital consumer brands, Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany's largest media groups. With a strong focus on its digital portfolio and the international media market, it has been growing for several years. It publishes more than 320 magazines around the globe. "
target: StockFood GmbH
StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world
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closed 7/19/2005 via BusinessWire

Jupitermedia Corporation, acquired PictureArts Corp

synopsis: Jupitermedia Corporation today announced that it has closed the acquisition of PictureArts Corporation and its many stock photo and related graphics and image distribution brands, for $63.2 million in cash.
buyer: Jupitermedia Corporation (OTCPK:MECK:$3.22)
WebMediaBrands, is the leading global provider of events, education, jobs, and content for business, media, and creative professionals. The company consists of four distinct brands: mediabistro.com, LearnNetwork, Freelance Connect, and Semantic Web. Over 6 million users visit WebMediaBrands monthly."
target: PictureArts Corp
A distinctive source for unique images, PictureArts creates, licenses and distributes outstanding images through our specialized collections. Our mission is to provide advertisers, designers, publishers, and other communications professionals with appropriate image solutions for their visual communi
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$63
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closed 4/20/2010 via BusinessWire

William Daniels III, acquired Workbook, LLC

synopsis: The Workbook announced that it has been acquired by private equity investor William Daniels III. The Workbook is the premier creative resource for the commercial arts industry. By bringing together advertising talent and industry creatives, Workbook has earned its reputation as a trusted marketing tool for creative talent.
buyer: William Daniels III
William Daniels III is the founder and managing partner of Live Oak Advisors, an investment management firm. He has been a part of the private client teams at a number of leading investment banks and was the managing partner of an early stage venture investment group. "
target: Workbook, LLC
Workbook provides marketing services for the commercial photography and illustration industry. Workbook publishes two books annually for each discipline, maintains a website connecting creative talent to art directors and buyers, while implementing direct mail and online strategies.
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closed 3/2/2016 via Reuters

action press gmbh & co. kg, acquired action press gmbh & co. kg

synopsis: Infas Holding has sold all shares of action press GmbH to its managing director. action press is one of the world’s leading independent photographic agencies and picture libraries. Established in 1970, action press has an international reputation as a trusted source of imagery, location and studio shoots as well as video productions.
buyer: action press gmbh & co. kg
Joachim Meinke is the managing director of action press gmbh & co. kg. action press is one of the world’s leading independent photographic agencies and picture libraries. "
target parent: Infas Holding AG
target: action press gmbh & co. kg
action press is one of the world’s leading independent photographic agencies and picture libraries. Established in 1970, action press has an international reputation as a trusted source of imagery, location and studio shoots as well as video productions.
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closed 1/16/2009 via BusinessWire

RGB Ventures, Inc., acquired SuperStock, Inc.

synopsis: RGB Ventures Inc., a collaboration of Rubberball, Glow Images, and Blend Images, announced their purchase of SuperStock. SuperStock's unique collections include The Bridgeman Art Library, Underwood Photo Archives, age fotostock, and a host of the most visually creative and diverse photographers and artists.
buyer: RGB Ventures, Inc.
RGB Ventures Inc. is a collaboration of Rubberball, Glow Images, and Blend Images. This group of photo industry veterans intends to build on the images and services that creatives, art buyers, and their campaigns have come to depend on from SuperStock over the past 30 years. "
target: SuperStock, Inc.
Founded in 1973, SuperStock offers over 2.8 million Royalty-Free (RF) and Rights-Managed (RM) images. Selections include contemporary photography as well as world-class Fine Art and exclusive Vintage collections.
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$2.83
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closed 7/1/2010 via Company Description

Masterfile Corporation, acquired Crestock Corporation

synopsis: Effective July 1, 2010, the assets of Crestock were acquired by Masterfile Corporation, through its subsidiary, Crestock Corporation. Masterfile is a privately-owned company. It has been in the image licensing business since 1981 and is globally recognized in the advertising, publishing and stock photography community as a premium brand.
buyer: Masterfile Corporation
Masterfile Corporation, a stock photo agency, provides rights-managed and royalty-free stock photos and illustrations for commercial use in media. "
target: Crestock Corporation
Crestock is a visual content provider licensing quality royalty-free stock photos and vector illustrations. They are a a growing player in micropayment royalty-free stock photography, helping clients with small budgets find creative images for their projects.
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closed 7/1/2010 via Company Description

Masterfile Corporation, acquired Crestock Corporation

synopsis: Effective July 1, 2010, the assets of Crestock were acquired by Masterfile Corporation, through its subsidiary, Crestock Corporation. Masterfile is a privately-owned company. It has been in the image licensing business since 1981 and is globally recognized in the advertising, publishing and stock photography community as a premium brand.
buyer: Masterfile Corporation
Masterfile Corporation, a stock photo agency, provides rights-managed and royalty-free stock photos and illustrations for commercial use in media. "
target: Crestock Corporation
Crestock is a visual content provider licensing quality royalty-free stock photos and vector illustrations. They are a a growing player in micropayment royalty-free stock photography, helping clients with small budgets find creative images for their projects.
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closed 1/22/2016 via BusinessWire

Visual China Group, acquired Corbis Images

synopsis: Corbis and Visual China Group jointly announced that an affiliate of VCG, owned by VCG’s major shareholders, has acquired the assets and brands of Corbis’ Images division. The company is one of the world’s leading image archives and content licensing businesses.
buyer: Visual China Group (SZSE:000681:$132.68)
Visual China Group is a leading visual communications and new media business in China, and among the largest image licensing companies in the world. VCG owns and manages China’s largest premium digital visual content platform. "
target parent: Corbis Corporation
target: Corbis Images
Corbis Images is a leading visual media provider for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of stock photography and illustrations. Corbis Images has exceptional creative, documentary, archival, fine art, current events, and entertainment images.
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announced 3/5/2013 via PR Web

Pond5, will acquire Pixmac

synopsis: Pond5 Inc. and Pixmac s.r.o. announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Pond5 will acquire the assets of Pixmac, a leading stock imagery network based in the Czech Republic.
buyer: Pond5
Pond5 is the world's most vibrant marketplace for media makers, offering the web's largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, as well as millions of stock photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, Adobe After Effects project templates, and 3D models. "
target: Pixmac
Pixmac is a reliable microstock agency based in Czech Republic. It specializes on the best sales experience while making the largest possible collection of stock pictures.
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announced 9/5/2018 via PR Newswire

The Getty Family, will acquire Getty Images, Inc.

synopsis: The Getty family announced it will take full control of Getty Images Inc., a global leader in visual communications, from The Carlyle Group. Getty Images is one of the most trusted and esteemed sources of visual content in the world, with over 300 million assets including photos, videos, and music.
buyer: The Getty Family
The Getty family is one of the wealthiest in the US, having made their money in oil. The Gettys have lent their name to a museum, research centre, an oil company, a conservation institute and a photo agency. Mark Getty is an Irish businessman and co-founder of Getty Images. "
target parent: Carlyle Group
target: Getty Images, Inc. (:$185.08)
Getty Images is one of the most trusted and esteemed sources of visual content in the world, with over 300 million assets including photos, videos, and music, available through its industry-leading sites www.gettyimages.com and www.istock.com.
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announced 10/30/2017 via Company Press Release

Keystone AG will be merged with Schweizerische Depeschenagentur AG (SDA),

synopsis: Two well-established companies in the Swiss media sector enter into a merger: SDA founded in 1894, Switzerland’s leading provider of news reports, and the picture agency Keystone founded in 1953, will merge to form the multimedia company KEYSTONE–SDA.
buyer: Schweizerische Depeschenagentur AG (SDA)
Schweizerische Depeschenagentur AG (SDA) is Switzerland’s national news agency in the ownership of the Swiss media. It provides a comprehensive news service round-the-clock on such issues as politics, economics, culture, and more in the three national languages of German, French and Italian. "
target parent: APA - Austria Presse Agentur EG
target: Keystone AG
Keystone is a Swiss company that was founded in 1953 owned by SDA and the Austria Press Agency APA (50% each). Keystone is Switzerland’s leading picture agency with over 75 employees, including 16 full-time photographers and a dozen video journalists.
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closed 12/13/2012 via Market Wire

ddp images GmbH, acquired ddp images GmbH

synopsis: The Munich based HQTA AG (formerly dapd media holding AG) has disposed of its stake in the Hamburg based photo-agency ddp images GmbH in a management buyout. The founders Ulf Schmidt-Funke and Katharina Doerk acquired the successful company. ddp images is one of the widely spread photo sources in Germany for media companies.
buyer: ddp images GmbH
ddp images is one of the widely spread photo sources in Germany, with access to millions pictures of celebrities, politics, economics, Royals, Lifestyle and stock. Newspapers, online-media, tv-stations and advertising agencies rely on their ability to deliver the best image to their needs. "
target parent: Airmotion
target: ddp images GmbH
ddp images is one of the widely spread photo sources in Germany, with access to millions pictures of celebrities, politics, economics, Royals, Lifestyle and stock. Newspapers, online-media, tv-stations and advertising agencies rely on their ability to deliver the best image to their needs.
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closed 11/14/2012 via

Corbis Images, acquired Demotix

synopsis: Corbis, a leading visual media provider for the creative community, announced that it acquired Demotix, an award winning open news platform. Launched in 2009, London-based Demotix is recognized as a source for breaking news photography from locations that many mainstream media struggle to reach.
buyer parent: Corbis Corporation
buyer: Corbis Images
Corbis Images is a leading visual media provider for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of stock photography and illustrations. Corbis Images has exceptional creative, documentary, archival, fine art, current events, and entertainment images. "
target: Demotix
Demotix is a multi-award winning global photojournalism newswire. With over 6,500 active photojournalists around the world, Demotix images have appeared on the front pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and elsewhere, and in print, broadcast and online media all over the globe.
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closed 10/18/2012 via PR Newswire

Carlyle Group, acquired Getty Images, Inc.

synopsis: Getty Images, a global creator and distributor of still imagery, video and multimedia products announced the completion of its acquisition by The Carlyle Group, in a transaction valued at approximately $3.3 billion.
buyer: Carlyle Group (CG:$5,531.80)
The Carlyle Group is a private global investment firm that originates, structures and acts as lead equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations and buildups, and growth capital financings. "
target parent: Hellman & Friedman LLC
target: Getty Images, Inc. (:$185.08)
Getty Images is a leading creator and distributor of still imagery, video and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music.
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$3,300
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closed 7/2/2008 via BusinessWire

Hellman & Friedman LLC, acquired Getty Images, Inc.

synopsis: Getty Images, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition by an affiliate of the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman. Getty Images announced on February 25, 2008 a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Hellman & Friedman in a transaction valued at approximately $2.4 billion.
buyer: Hellman & Friedman LLC
Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Hellman & Friedman has raised over $25 billion of committed capital and invested in over 60 companies across three principal offices in London, New York and San Francisco. "
target: Getty Images, Inc. (:$185.08)
Getty Images, Inc. is one of the largest international providers of visual content to a diverse range of professional users of images, including advertising and design agencies, magazine, newspaper, broadcasters production companies and the growing area of the web and new media publishers.
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$2,063 [$2,044]
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$858
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$292
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2.4x
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7.0x
closed 2/27/2007 via PR Newswire

Getty Images, Inc., acquired The Michael Ochs Archives

synopsis: Getty Images, Inc. announced the latest addition to its entertainment offering with the acquisition of The Michael Ochs Archives, a renowned collection of music and entertainment imagery spanning the 1940s to the 1990s. Customers will now have easy access to high-quality photographs of musicians.
buyer: Getty Images, Inc. (:$185.08)
Getty Images, Inc. is one of the largest international providers of visual content to a diverse range of professional users of images, including advertising and design agencies, magazine, newspaper, broadcasters production companies and the growing area of the web and new media publishers. "
target: The Michael Ochs Archives
The Michael Ochs Archives were created in the mid-1970s by music industry maven Michael Ochs. Known as the country's foremost source for photographs of nearly every 20th century pop recording artist, the archive expanded in the 1980s to include stills of popular film, television and politicals.
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closed 2/21/2006 via Company Press Release

JupiterImages Corporation, acquired The Beauty Archive

synopsis: Jupiterimages, a division of Jupitermedia Corporation and a leading provider of rights-managed, royalty-free and subscription photography, today announced that it has acquired the assets of The Beauty Archive. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
buyer parent: Jupitermedia Corporation
buyer: JupiterImages Corporation
JupiterImages offers a powerful collection of premium digital image brands, giving you one-stop access for all your stock photography needs. "
target: The Beauty Archive
The Beauty Archive is a rights-managed image library that features elegant portraits and provocative images of young, contemporary men and women.
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closed 3/12/2007 via PR Newswire

Getty Images, Inc., acquired Scoopt

synopsis: Getty Images, Inc. announced its acquisition of Scoopt, an emerging source for user- generated editorial content. Scoopt is an aggregator and distributor of photographs and videos captured by eyewitnesses who have an accidental front row seat to headline-making moments.
buyer: Getty Images, Inc. (:$185.08)
Getty Images, Inc. is one of the largest international providers of visual content to a diverse range of professional users of images, including advertising and design agencies, magazine, newspaper, broadcasters production companies and the growing area of the web and new media publishers. "
target: Scoopt
Citizen photographers who submit imagery to Scoopt retain copyright while granting the agency a 12-month exclusive license that authorizes re-license to one or more publishers. Contributors will benefit from increased visibility and an extensive network of media contacts.
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closed 7/19/2005 via BusinessWire

Jupitermedia Corporation, acquired PictureArts Corp

synopsis: Jupitermedia Corporation today announced that it has closed the acquisition of PictureArts Corporation and its many stock photo and related graphics and image distribution brands, for $63.2 million in cash.
buyer: Jupitermedia Corporation (OTCPK:MECK:$3.22)
WebMediaBrands, is the leading global provider of events, education, jobs, and content for business, media, and creative professionals. The company consists of four distinct brands: mediabistro.com, LearnNetwork, Freelance Connect, and Semantic Web. Over 6 million users visit WebMediaBrands monthly."
target: PictureArts Corp
A distinctive source for unique images, PictureArts creates, licenses and distributes outstanding images through our specialized collections. Our mission is to provide advertisers, designers, publishers, and other communications professionals with appropriate image solutions for their visual communi
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$63
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closed 4/20/2010 via BusinessWire

William Daniels III, acquired Workbook, LLC

synopsis: The Workbook announced that it has been acquired by private equity investor William Daniels III. The Workbook is the premier creative resource for the commercial arts industry. By bringing together advertising talent and industry creatives, Workbook has earned its reputation as a trusted marketing tool for creative talent.
buyer: William Daniels III
William Daniels III is the founder and managing partner of Live Oak Advisors, an investment management firm. He has been a part of the private client teams at a number of leading investment banks and was the managing partner of an early stage venture investment group. "
target: Workbook, LLC
Workbook provides marketing services for the commercial photography and illustration industry. Workbook publishes two books annually for each discipline, maintains a website connecting creative talent to art directors and buyers, while implementing direct mail and online strategies.
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closed 5/11/2022 via PR Newswire

Shutterstock, Inc., acquired Pond5

synopsis: Shutterstock, Inc., the leading global creative platform, has acquired Pond5, the world's largest video-first content marketplace. Pond5 provides filmmakers, media organizations, and marketers with the content they need to improve their projects. They offer royalty-free stock video footage, stock photos, music tracks, sound effects, and more.
buyer: Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK:$789.27)
Shutterstock is a global creative platform offering full-service solutions, high-quality content, and tools for brands, businesses, and media companies. Shutterstock's comprehensive collection includes high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos, and music. "
target: Pond5
Pond5 is the world's largest video-first content marketplace. Pond5 provides filmmakers, media organizations, and marketers with the content they need to improve their projects. They offer royalty-free stock video footage, stock photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, and more.
price ($mm)
$210
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closed 12/16/2020 via PR Newswire

Artlist Ltd., acquired Motion Array

synopsis: Israel-based Artlist, the industry-leading digital content licensing provider, has acquired Motion Array, a digital assets marketplace platform. Motion Array's video capabilities and technology tools, along with its versatile video template options, will allow Artlist to expand its digital stock media portfolio for video creators and filmmakers.
buyer: Artlist Ltd.
Israel-based Artlist is a digital content licensing company that offers streamlined, high-quality creative assets for filmmakers and video creators. The company's active subscribers have full and unlimited access to the entire music, SFX, and footage catalogs. "
target: Motion Array
Motion Array is a digital assets marketplace platform. The company has developed an all-in-one subscription-based creative marketplace and technology solution for video creators, focused on delivering a variety of high-quality digital media at an affordable price.
price ($mm)
$65
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closed 2/6/2019 via BNC Analysis

Busch Group, acquired MEEDIA GmbH & Co. KG

synopsis: The Busch Group, a media company in Germany, has acquired MEEDIA from the Handelsblatt Media Group, the leading media group for business and financial information in Germany. MEEDIA is a German website focused on media. MEEDIA provides the latest news, articles, videos and podcasts about the publishing, television, radio, and media tech industries.
buyer: Busch Group
The Busch Group is a leading media company in Germany. The group's portfolio consists of established media brands and popular events, including Blickpunkt: Film, Gamesmarkt, MusikWoche, mediabiz, Entertainment Night, DIVA and more. "
target parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
target: MEEDIA GmbH & Co. KG
MEEDIA is a German website focused on media. MEEDIA provides the latest news, articles, videos and podcasts about the publishing, television, radio, and media tech industries. MEEDIA also offers the latest industry trends and TV ratings.
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closed 8/7/2007 via BusinessWire

Thought Equity Motion, acquired Filmworld

synopsis: Thought Equity Motion, a motion content agency, has acquired FilmWorld, Australia’s premier provider of film and video content. Creative and production professionals across the globe can now access an international cast of characters to tell their stories from FilmWorld’s exclusive collection of unique imagery from Asia and the Pacific.
buyer: Thought Equity Motion
By combining the largest collection of moving images in the world with dedicated research teams that work hand-in-hand with advertising, entertainment and production professionals, Thought Equity Motion has become the premier resource for digital storytellers. "
target: Filmworld
Eileen Naseby founded FilmWorld as a research service to the advertising industry. She negotiated the rights to manage the Cinesound- Movietone newsreel collection and developed a fully-fledged content management service, which quickly became Australia’s first commercial stock footage company.
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closed 6/8/2012 via Company Press Release

Grey House Publishing, purchased Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook from R.R. Bowker LLC

synopsis: Grey House Publishing has purchased the directory and database of the Broadcasting & Cable Industry, formerly published by Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest. Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook's directory has been the go‐to source for station data and industry contacts in the US and Canadian broadcasting marketplace.
buyer: Grey House Publishing
Grey House Publishing produces and publishes reference works and information products for business, general reference, health, education, statistics and demographics. It publishes leading information products covering the Performing Arts, Food & Beverage, Venture Capital, and Sports industries. "
seller parent: Cambridge Information Group, LLC
seller: R.R. Bowker LLC
In print for more than seven decades as Broadcasting Yearbook and more recently, Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook, this directory has been the go‐to source for station data and industry contacts in the US and Canadian broadcasting marketplace.
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announced 12/15/2010 via New York Times

American University School of Communication, will acquire Current L.L.C.

synopsis: WNET.org, the New York City public broadcaster, has approved an agreement to sell Current, the newspaper that has covered the public broadcasting business every two weeks for three decades, to the American University School of Communication.
buyer: American University School of Communication
Established in 1984, the School of Communication is a laboratory for professional education, communication research, and innovative production across the fields of journalism, film and media arts, and public communication. "
target parent: WNET.org
target: Current L.L.C.
Current is the newspaper about public broadcasting in the United States.The paper comes out biweekly, usually every other Monday, 23 times a year.
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