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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 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.
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$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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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 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.
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$2
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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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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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closed 7/20/2012 via Company Press Release

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., acquired Alloy Entertainment

synopsis: Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros. Television Group has purchased Alloy Entertainment, the producer of "Gossip Girl" and other youth-oriented shows. Alloy Entertainment a leading producer of youth-oriented content for books, television, film and digital online series.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
The Warner Bros. Television Group oversees and grows the entire portfolio of Warner Bros.’ television businesses, including worldwide production, traditional and digital distribution, and broadcasting. "
target parent: ZelnickMedia Corp.
target: Alloy Entertainment
Alloy Entertainment is the producer of "Gossip Girl" and other youth-oriented television shows, films and books. Among the book series produced by the company are The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, The Clique, The A-List, Pretty Little Liars, Private, The Nine Lives of Chloe King.
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$5.00
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closed 6/4/2012 via BusinessWire

Amazon.com, Inc., acquired Avalon Books

synopsis: Amazon.com, Inc. and Avalon Books announced that Amazon Publishing has acquired the publication rights from Avalon Books to over 3,000 backlist titles predominantly in the Romance, Mystery and Western categories. Avalon Books has long been a home to writers specializing in wholesome entertainment across popular genres.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$419,130.00)
Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
target: Avalon Books
Established in 1950 by Thomas Bouregy, Avalon Books has long been a home to writers specializing in wholesome entertainment across popular genres, such as Holly Jacobs, Carolyn Hughey and Carolyn Brown, whose book “The Ladies’ Room” was nominated for a 2012 RITA by the Romance Writers of America.
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closed 11/4/2020 via Company Press Release

Real World Co., Ltd, acquired Manga Tairiku

synopsis: Real World Co., Ltd. has taken over Manga Tairiku, which is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
buyer: Real World Co., Ltd (TSE:3691:$6.82)
Based in Japan, Real World Co., Ltd. provides crowd-sourcing services that allows people to work without restrictions on time, place, age, gender, and experience. The company also operates point services and point exchange services to cash or electronic money. "
target: Manga Tairiku
Manga Tairiku business is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
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$2.09
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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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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 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 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 6/2/2021 via BNC Analysis

JTBC Studios, acquired Wiip

synopsis: JTBC Studios, a South Korean TV drama production firm, has acquired Wiip from Creative Artists Agency, a leading entertainment and sports agency. Wiip is an independent television studio that creates and produces premium content and shows for television. Their productions include Dickinson, Dummy, Mare of Easttown, Queen America, and more.
buyer parent: Joongang Tongyang Broadcasting Company
buyer: JTBC Studios
JTBC Studios is a South Korean TV drama production firm. JTBC Studios produces scripted and non-scripted content with top creatives and the latest VFX and CG technologies. Their works include Under Cover, Law School, Beyond Evil, SKY Castle, Hush, and more. "
target parent: Creative Artists Agency
target: Wiip
Wiip is an independent television studio. Wiip creates and produces premium content and shows for television. Their productions include Dickinson, Dummy, Mare of Easttown, Queen America, The White House Plumbers, and more.
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announced 5/27/2021 via Company Press Release

Amazon.com, Inc., will acquire Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

synopsis: Amazon is to acquire MGM, a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$419,130.00)
Amazon is a global ecommerce and technology company. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. "
target: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (:$1,442.27)
MGM is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.
price ($mm)[EV]
$8,450 [$10,265]
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$1,442
EBITDA ($mm)
$307
EV / rev
7.1x
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33.5x
closed 5/24/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, acquired Sonar Entertainment, Inc.

synopsis: Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc., one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, has acquired the film and television assets of Sonar Entertainment, Inc., a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes premium content for global audiences.
buyer: Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSSE:$66.36)
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment is a media company building online video-on-demand (“VOD”) networks that provide positive and entertaining video content for all screens. They also curate, produce and distribute long- and short-form video content that brings out the best of the human spirit. "
target: Sonar Entertainment, Inc.
Sonar Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment studio that develops, produces, finances and distributes premium content for global audiences. Sonar Entertainment is the company behind such series as FX’s Taboo and AMC’s The Son.
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closed 3/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Roku, Inc., acquired This Old House Ventures, LLC

synopsis: Roku, Inc. announced that it has acquired the “This Old House” business, inclusive of its global distribution rights and all of its subsidiary brands, including the “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House” TV programs, the show libraries, all digital assets, and the television production studio.
buyer: Roku, Inc. (:$1,778.39)
Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. Roku connects users to the streaming content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. "
target parent: TZP Group LLC
target: This Old House Ventures, LLC
A leading multi-platform home improvement brand, This Old House offers homeowners trusted information and expert advice through two highly rated and award-winning television series, one of the category's leading online destinations, a highly-regarded magazine and comprehensive line of books.
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closed 3/3/2021 via BNC Analysis

ITV Studios Limited, acquired Apple Tree Productions

synopsis: ITV Studios, the UK's biggest production company, has acquired a 51% stake in Apple Tree Productions, a Danish production company. Apple Tree develops and makes high quality drama series for Danish, Nordic and international audiences. Their productions include Equinox and Blackwater.
buyer parent: ITV plc
buyer: ITV Studios Limited
ITV Studios is the UK's biggest production company with sales & distribution, consumer products and production on a global scale. ITV Studios has been entertaining audiences for over 50 years. They work closely with content partners, licensees and brand owners to produce superb content. "
target: Apple Tree Productions
Apple Tree Productions is a Danish production company. Apple Tree develops and makes high quality drama series for Danish, Nordic and international audiences. The company aims to work with the best talent to tell entertaining stories that stand out. Their productions include Equinox and Blackwater.
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closed 2/11/2021 via BNC Analysis

Asacha Media Group, acquired WAG Entertainment

synopsis: Asacha Media Group, the Paris-based production group founded last year, has acquired a majority stake in British production and distribution company WAG Entertainment. WAG produces and distributes high-quality, high-rating returnable series for many of the world’s major broadcasters.
buyer: Asacha Media Group
Asacha Media Group is a multinational IP creation and production business, with backing from funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Headquartered in Paris, the Group comprises a pan-European alliance of content creators and producers with strong track-records in their respective markets. "
target: WAG Entertainment
WAG Entertainment is a leading international producer and distributor of TV shows. They produce and distribute high-quality, high-rating returnable series for many of the world’s major broadcasters.
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closed 12/3/2020 via BNC Analysis

All3media, acquired Silverback Films

synopsis: Production and distribution powerhouse All3Media has acquired leading natural history producer Silverback Films. Founded in 2012 by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, Silverback Films is the U.K.’s top natural history producer outside of the BBC Natural History Unit, and creates wildlife content for film and TV.
buyer: All3media
All3Media group comprises of leading production companies, independent creators of TV and multi-platform programming from around the world. The production labels operate as their own businesses, each with a distinctive creative signature. "
target: Silverback Films
Silverback Films specializes in the production of high quality wildlife films for both television and cinema. Formed in 2012 by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, Silverback Films brings together a world class team of wildlife film makers to create the highest quality natural history films.
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closed 11/19/2020 via BNC Analysis

Testimonial Hero, acquired Applause Lab

synopsis: Testimonial Hero, a leading video testimonial service for B2B marketing leaders, announced the acquisition of Applause Lab, a technology-enabled video testimonial platform. Applause Lab takes customers’ experiences and turns them into video testimonials and other social proof.
buyer: Testimonial Hero
Using Testimonial Hero’s platform, B2B marketing leaders can easily create stunning video testimonials anywhere in the world—both on-site and fully remote. Testimonial Hero customers can start a project and expect a finalized video testimonial 30 days later. "
target: Applause Lab
Applause Lab is a technology-enabled video testimonial platform. Applause Lab takes customers’ experiences and turns them into video testimonials and other social proof. These allow companies to communicate their expertise and trust to potential new customers.
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closed 9/16/2020 via BNC Analysis

ShareChat, acquired Hera Pheri Films

synopsis: ShareChat, an Indian social media group, has acquired Hera Pheri Films (HPF Films), a video production company in India. HPF Films produces short films, web series, advertisements and feature films. Their films include Transition Cost, The Dating Scientist, Zindagi Express and more. The studio has produced advertisements for ShareChat and OkCredit.
buyer: ShareChat
ShareChat is the fastest growing social network in India. They are building a social platform for the masses of India in their languages and developing a product which delivers a world-class user experience even to the first time internet users of India. "
target: Hera Pheri Films
Hera Pheri Films (HPF Films) is a video production company in India. HPF Films produces short films, web series, advertisements, and feature films. Their films include Transition Cost, The Dating Scientist, Zindagi Express and more. The studio has produced advertisements for ShareChat and OkCredit.
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closed 9/9/2020 via Company Press Release

Trace, acquired Okuhle Media Group

synopsis: TRACE, a global broadcast and digital media company specialized in afro urban music and entertainment, has acquired a majority stake in Okuhle Media Group, an award-winning television production company in South Africa. Okuhle Media produces television content in a variety of genres, including reality TV, game shows, drama and more.
buyer parent: TPG Capital
buyer: Trace
TRACE is a global broadcast and digital media company specialized in afro urban music and entertainment. Through its 22 pay TV channels, radios, online and mobile services, TRACE connects with a 200 million multicultural audience in more than 160 countries. They are headquartered in France. "
target: Okuhle Media Group
Okuhle Media Group is an award-winning television production company in South Africa. Okuhle Media has produced over 7,000 hours of content for local and international broadcasters. The group produces television content in a variety of genres, including reality TV, game shows, drama and more.
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closed 9/3/2020 via Publishers Weekly

ABRAMS Books, acquired Cameron + Company

synopsis: Illustrated book publisher Abrams has acquired Cameron + Company, a family-owned independent house that specializes in books on photography art, lifestyle, children’s titles, and regional topics. Cameron + Company will operate as a standalone division at Abrams while giving Abrams a new West Coast perspective.
buyer parent: La Martiniere Groupe
buyer: ABRAMS Books
ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. The company publishes works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture, as well as children’s books. "
target: Cameron + Company
Cameron+Company is a boutique publishing house, creating and distributing quality books and calendars with a focus on photography, art, food+wine, children’s literature, and publications of regional interest.
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closed 7/22/2020 via BNC Analysis

Ruder Finn, Inc., acquired Osmosis Films

synopsis: Brooklyn-based Osmosis is a full-service creative strategy and production studio that specializes in film, animation and interactive media. In announcing the acquisition, Ruder Finn said adding the studio’s capabilities elevates the agency’s standing as a global video communications firm.
buyer: Ruder Finn, Inc.
Ruder Finn is one of the largest independent global communications and creative agencies with headquarters in the US and China. It is organized around four strategic pillars that reflect its key areas of leadership: Health & Wellness, Corporate & Public Trust, Global Connectivity, and Life & Style. "
target: Osmosis Films
Osmosis excels at discovering, developing, and communicating narratives to the audiences businesses need to reach. Osmosis helps establish brands, grow business, communicate values, and share ideas that will change the world.
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announced 7/16/2020 via BNC Analysis

RTL Studios, will acquire 99pro media

synopsis: RTL Studios, a German TV production company, will acquire 99pro media, an independent TV production company in Germany. 99pro media specializes in producing docusoaps and documentaries that focus on authentic characters, achievable goals, and long-term observations. Their shows include Between Tulle & Tears, Goodbye Germany, and more.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: RTL Studios
RTL Studios is a German TV production company. As a wholly owned subsidiary of RTL Deutschland, RTL Studios develops and produces high-quality programs for the group's broadcasters. The company produces shows in a vairty of formats, including scripted, factual, comedy, reality, and more. "
target: 99pro media
99pro media is an independent TV production company in Germany. 99pro media specializes in producing docusoaps and documentaries that focus on authentic characters, achievable goals, and long-term observations. Their shows include Between Tulle & Tears, Goodbye Germany, 2 Families 2 Worlds and more.
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closed 7/15/2020 via BNC Analysis

Syco Entertainment, acquired Syco Entertainment

synopsis: Simon Cowell has bought out Sony Music Entertainment’s 75% share in their joint venture Syco Holdings, which owns TV formats such as “Got Talent” and “The X Factor.” Syco Holdings, to be renamed Syco Entertainment, retains ownership of all the company’s television formats.
buyer: Syco Entertainment
Simon Cowell executive produces and serves as a judge on NBC’s highly popular alternative series “America’s Got Talent” and “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” Cowell is a record company executive, television and film producer and global entertainment icon. "
target parent: Sony Corporation
target: Syco Entertainment
Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, is one of the world’s leading global music, television and film production companies, responsible for some of the most successful global entertainment franchises. Syco’s television assets include Got Talent and The X Factor.
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closed 7/9/2020 via BNC Analysis

Beyond International Ltd, acquired Seven Studios UK

synopsis: Australia- and UK-based distributor and producer Beyond International (BYI) will acquire Seven Studios UK (SSUK) from Seven West Media (SWM). Seven Studios UK (SSUK) is headed by former BBC Studios exec Damon Pattison, and is producing an 8 x 60-minute primetime series of Pooch Perfect for BBC One.
buyer: Beyond International Ltd (AU:BYI:$56.18)
Beyond International Limited is a leading international producer and distributor of television and digital content, headquartered in Sydney and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. "
target parent: Seven West Media Limited
target: Seven Studios UK
Seven Studios UK (SSUK) is headed by former BBC Studios exec Damon Pattison, and is producing an 8 x 60-minute primetime series of Pooch Perfect for BBC One. The SSUK team was also commissioned to film a two-part pilot series of My Lottery Dream Home International.
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closed 7/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

Sony Pictures Television, Inc., acquired Eleven Film

synopsis: Sony Pictures Television has acquired Eleven Film, a studio that produces quality drama, documentary and comedy for the UK and international markets. Their work includes SEX EDUCATION for Netflix, TRUE HORROR for Channel 4, GAP YEAR for E4, THE ENFIELD HAUNTING for Sky, GLUE for E4, and CAST OFFS for Channel 4.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Pictures Television, Inc.
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. SPT boasts a program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, original animated series, and more. "
target: Eleven Film
Founded in 2006, Eleven produces quality drama, documentary and comedy for the UK and international markets. Their work includes SEX EDUCATION for Netflix, TRUE HORROR for Channel 4, GAP YEAR for E4, THE ENFIELD HAUNTING for Sky, GLUE for E4, and CAST OFFS for Channel 4.
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closed 7/1/2020 via PR Newswire

TN Marketing, acquired Bluprint

synopsis: TN Marketing, a Minneapolis-based global online video subscription and streaming business focused on creating communities by engaging people with their passions, has acquired assets of Bluprint from NBCUniversal.  Bluprint is a subscription video on demand service featuring online courses of video content surrounding crafts and hobbies.
buyer: TN Marketing
TN Marketing is a global online video subscription and streaming business focused on creating communities by engaging people with their passions. Its how-to instructional content is centered around lifelong hobbies and reaches members in more than 150 countries. "
target parent: Comcast Corporation
target: Bluprint
Bluprint is a subscription video on demand service featuring online courses and other forms of video content surrounding crafts, hobbies and lifestyle topics that was launched as Craftsy in 2011.
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closed 7/1/2020 via BNC Analysis

Groupe Sud Ouest SA, acquired Digivision SA

synopsis: Groupe Sud Ouest, one of the largest regional media groups in France, has increased their stake in Digivision SA from 37% to 85% of the capital. Established in France through its network of agencies, Digivision produces television programs and reports for national and local TV stations. Digivision also produces magazines, institutional film, and co
buyer: Groupe Sud Ouest SA
Based in Bordeaux, Groupe Sud Ouest is one of the largest regional media groups in France. The company publishes five paid daily newspapers, four magazines, and several specialty publications. The group also operates two local TV stations and has an extensive online presence for its publications. "
target: Digivision SA
Based in France, Digivision produces television programs and reports for national and local television stations (TF1, LCI, France Television, M6, BFM TV). Digivision also produces magazines, documentary & institutional films, Web TV, as well as captures footage for events and covers sports.
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closed 7/1/2020 via BusinessWire

Groupe M6, acquired Epithète Films

synopsis: M6 Group has acquired Epithète Films, a France-based independent feature film production company created in 1985 that holds a catalogue of 25 feature films, such as the Belle et Sébastien trilogy, Malabar Princess, Ridicule, La jeune fille et les loups, Tu seras mon fils.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Groupe M6 (ENXTPA:MMT:$1,644.94)
Groupe M6 is a French television and multimedia group built around M6, a free-to-air commercial TV channel that is renowned for being innovative, daring and positive. The group offers a wide range of programmes, products and services on a variety of media devices: television, internet and mobile. "
target: Epithète Films
Epithète Films is an independent feature film production company created in 1985 and managed by Frédéric Brillion and Gilles Legrand. They are based in Paris, France.
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Broadview Press Inc.
Broadview Press is an independent academic publisher with no affiliation to any larger publishing house or media conglomerate.
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2011
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$20.46
EBITDA ($mm)
$0.25
EBIT ($mm)
($0.22)
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246
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Ticker: LSE:QRT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quarto Group
Quarto Group
Quarto Group is the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group. It operates through four distinct but complementary businesses - Quarto International Co-Editions Group; Quarto Publishing Group USA; Quarto Publishing Group UK and Books & Gifts Direct, Australia & New Zealand.
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2015
rev ($mm)
$182.17
EBITDA ($mm)
$18.40
EBIT ($mm)
$16.48
Net Income ($mm)
$8.87
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438
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Americana Publishing
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Americana Publishing, Inc. is a vertically integrated media publisher and e-tailer. Americana Publishing, Inc. currently owns americanabooks.com. Americana Publishing owns and operates americanabooks.com, an Internet marketer of print, electronic and audio books.
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$2.45
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Bastei Luebbe
Bastei Luebbe
Bastei Lübbe AG is a publically traded media company organised around its publishing venture. It publishes books, audio books, ebooks and digital products in both the literary and popular science genres, as well as serialised novels and puzzle magazines.
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2018
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$77.74
EBITDA ($mm)
$17.85
EBIT ($mm)
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Lionsgate
Lionsgate
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive entertainment.
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2020
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$3,339.30
EBITDA ($mm)
$456.20
EBIT ($mm)
$184.50
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1443
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios
MGM is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.
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$1,442.27
EBITDA ($mm)
$286.02
EBIT ($mm)
$236.58
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$27.41
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Corus Entertainment, Inc.
Corus Entertainment, Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based integrated media and content company that creates, broadcasts, licenses and delivers content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. Their portfolio of multimedia offerings covers specialty television and radio with other assets.
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2019
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EBITDA ($mm)
$442.61
EBIT ($mm)
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Ticker: SZSE:30013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zhejiang Huace Film & TV Co., Ltd.
Zhejiang Huace Film & TV Co., Ltd.
Zhejiang Huace Film & TV Co., Ltd. is principally engaged in the television play production, issuing and additive businesses. Huace Film primarily provides television series, advertisements, television books, movies and public relation activities, among others.
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$40.08
EBIT ($mm)
$39.47
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China Film Co., Ltd.
China Film Co., Ltd. engages in the production and distribution of films in China. The company also produces television programs; operates and manages theaters; and provides film screening, marketing, and brokerage services.
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2016
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$1,125.23
EBITDA ($mm)
$256.05
EBIT ($mm)
$181.35
Net Income ($mm)
$151.78
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3776
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Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación, S.A.
Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación, S.A.
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2017
rev ($mm)
$1,089.90
EBITDA ($mm)
$222.76
EBIT ($mm)
$207.24
Net Income ($mm)
$145.84
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1960
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Ticker: BME:TL5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mediaset España
Mediaset España
Mediaset España is a Spanish television network and media production company. Mediaset España is the main content producer in Spain and has the most watched channels. Their channels include Telecino, Cuatro, Divinity, and more. The company also produces feature films.
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2020
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$974.29
EBITDA ($mm)
$254.59
EBIT ($mm)
$234.29
Net Income ($mm)
$181.18
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1541
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Ticker: 300027
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation
Huayi Brothers Media Corporation engages in the production, issuing, and derivative businesses of movies, television plays, and music in China and internationally.
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2016
rev ($mm)
$607.20
EBITDA ($mm)
$125.44
EBIT ($mm)
$114.91
Net Income ($mm)
$116.24
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2329
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Ticker: 002292
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Co., Ltd.
Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Co., Ltd.
Guangdong Alpha Animation and Culture Co., one of the largest animation and entertainment businesses in China, has years of experience in operating and creating value from animation.
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2015
rev ($mm)
$418.15
EBITDA ($mm)
$87.48
EBIT ($mm)
$81.02
Net Income ($mm)
$71.73
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1000
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Ticker: SZSE:002143
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DMG Entertainment and Media Co., Ltd.
DMG Entertainment and Media Co., Ltd.
DMG Entertainment is a global media and entertainment company with diverse holdings and operations across motion pictures, television, comic book publishing, gaming, next-gen technology and location-based entertainment. The studio's most recognizable films include Looper and Iron Man 3.
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2017
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$324.27
EBITDA ($mm)
$128.90
EBIT ($mm)
$128.16
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$119.22
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The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully integrated sports, media and entertainment business. It is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business.
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2020
rev ($mm)
$228.42
EBITDA ($mm)
($314.43)
EBIT ($mm)
($415.54)
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4550
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Eros International Plc
Eros International Plc
Eros International Plc is a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, which co-produces, acquires and distributes Indian language films in multiple formats worldwide.
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2019
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$196.38
EBITDA ($mm)
($59.92)
EBIT ($mm)
($8.17)
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396
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UTV Software Communications Limited
UTV Software Communications Limited
UTV Software Communications Ltd. is a leading media and entertainment company in India reaching more than 247 million consumers with a presence in motion pictures, television and interactive media.
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2012
rev ($mm)
$187.54
EBITDA ($mm)
$15.85
EBIT ($mm)
$14.24
Net Income ($mm)
$4.48
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Prime Focus Ltd.
Prime Focus Ltd.
Prime Focus Ltd. is the world’s largest integrated media services powerhouse. They provide end-to-end creative services, technology products & services, production services and post production services to Studios, Broadcast and Advertising Industries.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$173.45
EBITDA ($mm)
$9.22
EBIT ($mm)
($4.40)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
5500
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Ticker: ENXTPA:ECP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
EuropaCorp
EuropaCorp is a fully integrated studio that both produces and distributes feature films in France and worldwide. Over 15 years, EuropaCorp has produced or coproduced over 90 films, and distributed nearly 130 films in French theatres.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$169.26
EBITDA ($mm)
($143.52)
EBIT ($mm)
($146.35)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
132
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