Like Animation Studio and Publishing business

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 5/25/2022 via BNC Analysis

Moonbug, acquired One Animation

synopsis: Moonbug Entertainment has acquired Singapore-based studio One Animation, the creator behind non-dialogue comedy series Oddbods. Since launching in August 2014, Oddbods has aired in more than 180 countries and is currently running on major global networks including Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix, according to One Animation.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
buyer: Moonbug
Moonbug is a global entertainment company providing fun and safe content for children. Moonbug develops and distributes age-appropriate content that encourages healthy values such as compassion, empathy and resilience, while teaching children fundamental life skills. "
target: One Animation
One Animation is the Singapore-based creator behind non-dialogue comedy series Oddbods. Since launching in August 2014, Oddbods has aired in more than 180 countries and is currently running on major global networks including Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix, according to One Animation.
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closed 4/6/2022 via GlobeNewswire

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

synopsis: Genius Brands International, Inc., a global kids media company, has acquired WOW! Unlimited Media, an animation production company that produces animation content for kids. WOW! has produced animations for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony, Hulu and Dreamworks. The company has worked on titles such as ReBoot, Bravest Warriors, Ratchet & Clank, and more.
buyer: Genius Brands International, Inc (GNUS:$7.87)
Genius Brands International, Inc. is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. "
target: WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (TSXV:WOW:$56.11)
WOW! Unlimited is an animation production company that produces top-end animation content for kids. WOW! has produced animations for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony, Hulu and Dreamworks. The company has worked on titles such as ReBoot, Bravest Warriors, Ratchet & Clank, Octonauts, and more.
price ($mm)[EV]
$47 [$77]
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$59
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$6
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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:$280.06)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a global independent publisher across trade, specialist, professional, school, and higher education markets. Its Academic division publishes around 1,800 titles per year, specializing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. "
target: Head of Zeus
Head of Zeus (HoZ) is an independent publishing house in the UK. HoZ publishes genre fiction, narrative nonfiction and children’s books. Their authors write biographies, crime novels, romances, popular science, thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, cook books, and more.
price ($mm)
$11
rev ($mm)
$12
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1.0x
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Koch Media, acquired Sola Media

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Sola Media through THQ Nordic subsidiary, Koch Film. One of the leading companies in its field, Sola Media has been operating in the international arena since 2004, selling some of the most beloved children & family films across the globe, and specializing in high-quality animated features for the big screen.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Koch Media
Austria-based Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: Sola Media
One of the leading companies in its field, Sola Media has been operating in the international arena since 2004, selling some of the most beloved children & family films across the globe, and specializing in high-quality animated features for the big screen. They are based in Germany.
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closed 2/6/2020 via PR Newswire

Relish Interactive, acquired Rocket Cartoons

synopsis: Relish Interactive, an award-winning Canadian digital studio, has acquired Rocket Cartoons, an indie animation studio in Costa Rica. Rocket Cartoons is the main producer of animated entertainment content for kids in Central America. Their original productions include Super Punch, Cocoland, Kip Van Creepy, Terror in Doomsville and more.
buyer: Relish Interactive
Relish Interactive is an award-winning Canadian digital studio. Relish Interactive mixes storytelling and animation with technical magic to create immersive experiences for any platform. From apps and games to film and TV, their work connects brands with audiences in unforgettable ways. "
target: Rocket Cartoons
Rocket Cartoons is an indie animation studio in Costa Rica. Rocket Cartoons is the main producer of animated entertainment content for kids in Central America. Their original productions include Super Punch, Cocoland, Kip Van Creepy, Terror in Doomsville and more.
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closed 12/11/2019 via BNC Analysis

Penguin Random House India, acquired Duckbill Books

synopsis: Penguin Random House India, a publisher of fiction and non-fiction books in India, has acquired Duckbill Books, a publishing house in India that publishes children's books. Duckbill offers an eclectic mix of books for readers ranging from six-year-olds to young adults. Their books are primarily contemporary fiction with Indian settings.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House India
Penguin Random House India has been publishing in India for over thirty years, and publishes over three hundred newly acquired titles every year, with an active backlist of over four thousand titles. With a strong fiction and non-fiction list, it publishes across every segment. "
target: Duckbill Books
Duckbill Books is an independent publishing house in India that publishes children's books. Duckbill offers an eclectic mix of books for readers ranging from six-year-olds to young adults. Their books are primarily contemporary fiction with Indian settings.
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closed 11/27/2018 via BNC Analysis

Digital Television Russia, acquired Parovoz LLC

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

Aardman Animations Limited, acquired Aardman Animations Limited

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

Grom Social, purchased Bonnie Boat & Friends from Raise TV

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

Mediawan S.A., acquired ON Kids & Family

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

Emerald Media, acquired Cosmos-Maya

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

Bain Capital, will acquire Asatsu-DK, Inc.

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

Factory, acquired Rollo Rights Limited

synopsis: Manchester-based, BAFTA-winning animation studio Factory has acquired Rollo Rights, and will be developing their own IP under its new licensing division Factory Rights. Rollo Rights Limited, based in Hertford, UK, distributes animated films. Their catalog includes Rupert Fawcett’s Off The Leash and David McKee’s Mr Benn, and more.
buyer: Factory
Factory is an independent, innovative, multi-genre animation studio working in broadcast and advertising. Factory has developed a reputation as a world leader in the design and collaborative development of immersive entertainment. "
target: Rollo Rights Limited
Rollo Rights Limited, based in Hertford, UK, distributes animated films. Their catalog includes Rupert Fawcett’s Off The Leash and David McKee’s Mr Benn, as well as King Rollo, Victor & Maria, Towser, Watt the Devil, Art, Ric, and Dr Xargle.
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closed 8/3/2016 via Company Press Release

Boat Rocker Media, acquired Jam Filled Entertainment Inc.

synopsis: Boat Rocker Media, a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium content and brands, continues to make strategic investments to grow its family and kids content with the acquisition of Jam Filled Entertainment, a leading full service animation company in Canada. With a focus on premium 2D content.
buyer: Boat Rocker Media
Boat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms and develops brands and IP for worldwide monetization. "
target: Jam Filled Entertainment Inc.
Founded in 2008, Jam Filled Entertainment is a full-service digital animation studio headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, providing quality work from concept to animation.
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closed 9/23/2015 via BNC Analysis

Aardman Animations Limited, acquired Nathan Love

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

Toonz Media Group, will acquire Imira Entertainment

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

Cake Entertainment Limited, acquired Cake Entertainment Limited

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

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

synopsis: Nippon TV Holdings has announced its agreement to acquire Tatsunoko Production, a Takara Tomy Group company. Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962.
buyer: Nippon TV Holdings (TSE:9404:$3,175.77)
Nippon Television Holdings is a holding company that manages and operates broadcast companies in the group, through ownership of shares and stocks. The company was founded in 1952 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. "
target parent: Takara Tomy Company, Ltd.
target: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.
Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962.
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closed 11/19/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Nordisk Games, acquired Star Stable Entertainment

synopsis: Nordisk Games, the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film, has acquired a 57% stake in Star Stable Entertainment, an entertainment company in Sweden that creates immersive experiences for girls. Star Stable are the makers of the popular adventure game Star Stable Online. Their product line also includes music and books.
buyer parent: Egmont Foundation
buyer: Nordisk Games
Nordisk Games is the video game division of Danish entertainment company Nordisk Film. Nordisk Games are minority investors that fund and support Europe's finest game companies. They provide financing to help video game developers create and publish the best games in the world. "
target: Star Stable Entertainment
Star Stable Entertainment is an entertainment company in Sweden. Star Stable creates immersive experiences for girls. They are the makers of the popular adventure game Star Stable Online, the #1 ranked horse game in the world. Their product line also includes music, books, and short-form animations.
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closed 6/3/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Rovio Entertainment Corporation, acquired Darkfire Games

synopsis: Rovio Entertainment Corp., a global, games-first entertainment company, has acquired Darkfire Games, a Danish mobile games developer. Darkfire Games is focused on developing mobile Role Playing Games (RPG). Their Darkfire Heroes game is an action fantasy RPG that allows players to collect and battle with more than 50 heroes from 6 unique factions.
buyer: Rovio Entertainment Corporation (HLSE:ROVIO:$323.62)
Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a global, games-first entertainment company, that creates, develops and publishes mobile games and acts as a brand licensor in various entertainment and consumer product categories. The company is best known for the global Angry Birds brand. "
target: Darkfire Games
Darkfire Games is a Danish mobile games developer. Darkfire Games is focused on developing mobile Role Playing Games (RPG). Their Darkfire Heroes game is a fast-paced action fantasy RPG that allows players to collect and battle with more than 50 heroes from six unique factions.
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closed 11/30/2018 via Company Press Release

Rovio Entertainment Corporation, acquired PlayRaven

synopsis: Rovio Entertainment Corp., a gaming entertainment company that creates, develops and publishes mobile games has acquired PlayRaven. PlayRaven, a boutique game development studio that focus on developing mobile strategy games employs industry veterans with experience from companies such as Remedy Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Rovio and Unity.
buyer: Rovio Entertainment Corporation (HLSE:ROVIO:$323.62)
Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a games-first entertainment company, that creates, develops and publishes mobile games and acts as a brand licensor in various entertainment and consumer product categories. The Company is best known for the global Angry Birds brand, which started in 2009. "
target: PlayRaven
PlayRaven is a boutique game development studio employing an international team of industry veterans with experience from famous companies such as Remedy Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Supercell, Rovio and Unity. They have released three games to date, all of them reaching top 5 chart positions.
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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 9/25/2013 via PR Newswire

Sony Pictures Entertainment, purchased Rights to Angry Birds Toons from Rovio Entertainment ltd.

synopsis: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced that they have acquired worldwide home entertainment Blu-ray and DVD rights to Angry Birds Toons, Rovio Entertainment's inaugural animated series.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; and many more. "
seller: Rovio Entertainment ltd. (HLSE:ROVIO:$323.62)
Angry Birds Toons is a Finnish TV series that brings to life the characters and adventures from one of the most beloved games in history as 52 short episodes. Angry Birds is a casual puzzle game that has been created by Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
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closed 3/27/2012 via Reuters

Rovio Entertainment ltd., purchased Futuremark Games Studio from Futuremark Corporation

synopsis: Angry Birds maker Rovio has acquired Futuremark Games Studio, the gaming arm of Finnish benchmarking software firm Futuremark, for an undisclosed sum. The studio is known for its space-games Unstoppable Gorg and Shattered Horizon.
buyer: Rovio Entertainment ltd. (HLSE:ROVIO:$323.62)
Rovio is an entertainment media company based in Finland, and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Rovio was founded in 2003 as a mobile game development studio, and the company has developed several award-winning titles for various mobile platforms. "
seller: Futuremark Corporation
Futuremark Games Studio is the gaming arm of Finnish benchmarking software firm Futuremark Corporation. Futuremark Games Studio is known for its space-games Unstoppable Gorg and Shattered Horizon.
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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 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 5/25/2022 via BNC Analysis

Moonbug, acquired One Animation

synopsis: Moonbug Entertainment has acquired Singapore-based studio One Animation, the creator behind non-dialogue comedy series Oddbods. Since launching in August 2014, Oddbods has aired in more than 180 countries and is currently running on major global networks including Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix, according to One Animation.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
buyer: Moonbug
Moonbug is a global entertainment company providing fun and safe content for children. Moonbug develops and distributes age-appropriate content that encourages healthy values such as compassion, empathy and resilience, while teaching children fundamental life skills. "
target: One Animation
One Animation is the Singapore-based creator behind non-dialogue comedy series Oddbods. Since launching in August 2014, Oddbods has aired in more than 180 countries and is currently running on major global networks including Disney, Cartoon Network and Netflix, according to One Animation.
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closed 4/6/2022 via GlobeNewswire

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

synopsis: Genius Brands International, Inc., a global kids media company, has acquired WOW! Unlimited Media, an animation production company that produces animation content for kids. WOW! has produced animations for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony, Hulu and Dreamworks. The company has worked on titles such as ReBoot, Bravest Warriors, Ratchet & Clank, and more.
buyer: Genius Brands International, Inc (GNUS:$7.87)
Genius Brands International, Inc. is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. "
target: WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (TSXV:WOW:$56.11)
WOW! Unlimited is an animation production company that produces top-end animation content for kids. WOW! has produced animations for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sony, Hulu and Dreamworks. The company has worked on titles such as ReBoot, Bravest Warriors, Ratchet & Clank, Octonauts, and more.
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$47 [$77]
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$59
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$6
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closed 8/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Koch Media, acquired Sola Media

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Sola Media through THQ Nordic subsidiary, Koch Film. One of the leading companies in its field, Sola Media has been operating in the international arena since 2004, selling some of the most beloved children & family films across the globe, and specializing in high-quality animated features for the big screen.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Koch Media
Austria-based Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products and accessories. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, video games and software products, and games publishing under the Deep Silver label. "
target: Sola Media
One of the leading companies in its field, Sola Media has been operating in the international arena since 2004, selling some of the most beloved children & family films across the globe, and specializing in high-quality animated features for the big screen. They are based in Germany.
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closed 2/6/2020 via PR Newswire

Relish Interactive, acquired Rocket Cartoons

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

Digital Television Russia, acquired Parovoz LLC

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

Aardman Animations Limited, acquired Aardman Animations Limited

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

Grom Social, purchased Bonnie Boat & Friends from Raise TV

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

Mediawan S.A., acquired ON Kids & Family

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

Emerald Media, acquired Cosmos-Maya

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

Bain Capital, will acquire Asatsu-DK, Inc.

synopsis: U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital aims to buy advertising agency, Asatsu-DK Inc. Headquartered in Tokyo, the firm is Japan's third largest advertising agency after Dentsu and Hakuhodo. The agency has 80 offices in over 20 countries.
buyer: Bain Capital
Bain Capital is one of the world’s leading private multi-asset alternative investment firms with more than $75 billion in assets under management that creates lasting impact for their investors, teams, businesses and the communities in which they live. "
target: Asatsu-DK, Inc. (TSE:9747:$3,108.59)
Asatsu-DK Inc. is a Japanese advertising agency. Headquartered in the Toranomon Hills building complex in Minato, Tokyo since June 2014, the firm is Japan's third largest advertising agency after Dentsu and Hakuhodo. The agency has 80 offices in over 20 countries.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,356 [$1,193]
rev ($mm)
$3,120
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$68
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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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closed 8/3/2016 via Company Press Release

Boat Rocker Media, acquired Jam Filled Entertainment Inc.

synopsis: Boat Rocker Media, a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium content and brands, continues to make strategic investments to grow its family and kids content with the acquisition of Jam Filled Entertainment, a leading full service animation company in Canada. With a focus on premium 2D content.
buyer: Boat Rocker Media
Boat Rocker Media is a global entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes premium media content for all platforms and develops brands and IP for worldwide monetization. "
target: Jam Filled Entertainment Inc.
Founded in 2008, Jam Filled Entertainment is a full-service digital animation studio headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, providing quality work from concept to animation.
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closed 9/23/2015 via BNC Analysis

Aardman Animations Limited, acquired Nathan Love

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

Toonz Media Group, will acquire Imira Entertainment

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

Cake Entertainment Limited, acquired Cake Entertainment Limited

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

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

synopsis: Nippon TV Holdings has announced its agreement to acquire Tatsunoko Production, a Takara Tomy Group company. Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962.
buyer: Nippon TV Holdings (TSE:9404:$3,175.77)
Nippon Television Holdings is a holding company that manages and operates broadcast companies in the group, through ownership of shares and stocks. The company was founded in 1952 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. "
target parent: Takara Tomy Company, Ltd.
target: Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd.
Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. is a Japanese animation company founded in 1962.
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closed 11/4/2021 via BusinessWire

Candle Media, acquired Moonbug

synopsis: Moonbug Entertainment Ltd., the digital-first, global children’s entertainment company, announced it has been acquired Candle Media, a media company run by leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by investment capital from Blackstone.
buyer parent: Blackstone Group LP
buyer: Candle Media
Candle Media is a next-generation media company run by leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by investment capital from Blackstone. Candle is an independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises. "
target: Moonbug
Moonbug is a global entertainment company providing fun and safe content for children. Moonbug develops and distributes age-appropriate content that encourages healthy values such as compassion, empathy and resilience, while teaching children fundamental life skills.
price ($mm)
$2,750
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closed 9/8/2022 via GlobeNewswire

Banijay Group, acquired Movimenti Production srl

synopsis: Banijay Kids & Family confirms it has acquired Italian production company and animation focused creative hub, Movimenti Production. Established in 2004, Movimenti Production has created and produced renowned animated TV series, feature films and short films, including Topo Gigio (Topo Gigio Srl, Rai) and Tear Along the Dotted Line (Netflix).
buyer: Banijay Group
Headquartered in Paris, Banijay Group is a global production and distribution company creating premium content for television and multimedia platforms in all genres including entertainment, drama, factual, reality, docudrama and kids programming. "
target: Movimenti Production srl
Established in 2004 with bases in Milan, Florence and Rome, Movimenti Production has created and produced renowned animated TV series, feature films and short films, including Topo Gigio (Topo Gigio Srl, Rai) and Tear Along the Dotted Line (Netflix).
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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:$6,420.40)
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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