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Top 20 Media Deals for December 2015

 

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $4,400,000,000 AOL Verizon Media Acquisition
2 $1,500,000,000 Lynda.com LinkedIn Media Acquisition
3 $367,000,000 Pinterest Undisclosed Media Investment
4 $343,000,000 Business Insider Axel Springer Media Acquisition
5 $262,000,000 South China Morning Post Alibaba Media Acquisition
6 $200,000,000 Vox Media NBCUniversal Media Investment
7 $200,000,000 BuzzFeed NBC Universal Media Investment
8 $193,600,000 China Business News Alibaba Media Investment
9 $186,000,000 Lynda.com Consortium Media Investment
10 $176,946,810 Unruly News Corp Media Investment
11 $128,000,000 LeTV Sports Yunfeng Capital, Wanda Investment Media Investment
12 $110,000,000 Nextdoor Consortium Media Investment
13 $100,000,000 Internet Media Services Sony Pictures TV Media Investment
14 $100,000,000 Saavn Consortium Media Investment
15 $100,000,000 ViralNova Zealot Networks Media Acquisition
16 $75,000,000 Rdio Pandora Media Acquisition
17 $73,500,000 Trustpilot Consortium Media Investment
18 $70,000,000 Flipagram Consortium Media Investment
19 $65,000,000 Jaunt Consortium Media Investment
20 $60,000,000 Kobalt Consortium Media Investment

More information

  1. Verizon Agrees to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  2. LinkedIn to Acquire Lynda.com for $1.5BN (FinSMEs)
  3. Pinterest raises $367M at $11B valuation with a look toward international expansion (VentureBeat)
  4. Axel Springer Acquires Business Insider (Quartz)
  5. Alibaba Confirms It Is Buying The South China Morning Post For $262M (TechCrunch)
  6. Vox Media Receives $200M Equity Investment from NBCUniversal (FinSMEs)
  7. BuzzFeed expands into TV and movies with $200M NBCUniversal investment (VentureBeat)
  8. China Business News Receives $193.6M Investment from Alibaba (FinSMEs)
  9. lynda.com Receives $186M Investment (FinSMEs)
  10. News Corp. to Buy Unruly for up to £114M (FinSMEs)
  11. Alibaba founder Jack Ma leads $128M investment in live-streaming sports site (Tech In Asia)
  12. Nextdoor Raises $110M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  13. Sony Pictures TV Buys $100M Stake In IMS, Ad Partner To Apple, Twitter And More In LatAm (TechCrunch)
  14. Saavn Raises $100M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. Zealot Networks Buys ViralNova’s Clickbait For $100 Million (TechCrunch)
  16. Pandora Acquires Rdio for $75M (FinSMEs)
  17. Trustpilot Raises $73.5M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Flipagram Closes $70M Financing (FinSMEs)
  19. Jaunt Raises $65M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Kobalt Raises $60M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)

Top 20 Media Deals for October 2015

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $4,400,000,000 AOL Verizon Media Acquisition
2 $1,500,000,000 Lynda.com LinkedIn Media Acquisition
3 $367,000,000 Pinterest Undisclosed Media Investment
4 $343,000,000 Business Insider Axel Springer Media Acquisition
5 $200,000,000 BuzzFeed NBC Universal Media Investment
6 $200,000,000 Vox Media NBCUniversal Media Investment
7 $193,600,000 China Business News Alibaba Media Investment
8 $186,000,000 lynda.com Consortium Media Investment
9 $176,946,810 Unruly News Corp Media Investment
10 $128,000,000 LeTV Sports Yunfeng Capital, Wanda Investment Media Investment
11 $110,000,000 Nextdoor Consortium Media Investment
12 $100,000,000 ViralNova Zealot Networks Media Acquisition
13 $100,000,000 Saavn Consortium Media Investment
14 $100,000,000 Internet Media Services Sony Pictures TV Media Investment
15 $73,500,000 Trustpilot Consortium Media Investment
16 $70,000,000 Flipagram Consortium Media Investment
17 $65,000,000 Jaunt Consortium Media Investment
18 $60,000,000 Believe Digital Consortium Media Investment
19 $60,000,000 Kobalt Consortium Media Investment
20 $57,000,000 Medium Consortium Media Investment

More information

  1. Verizon Agrees to Buy AOL for $4.4 Billion (Wall Street Journal)
  2. LinkedIn to Acquire Lynda.com for $1.5BN (FinSMEs)
  3. Pinterest raises $367M at $11B valuation with a look toward international expansion (VentureBeat)
  4. Axel Springer Acquires Business Insider (Quartz)
  5. BuzzFeed expands into TV and movies with $200M NBCUniversal investment (VentureBeat)
  6. Vox Media Receives $200M Equity Investment from NBCUniversal (FinSMEs)
  7. China Business News Receives $193.6M Investment from Alibaba (FinSMEs)
  8. lynda.com Receives $186M Investment (FinSMEs)
  9. News Corp. to Buy Unruly for up to £114M (FinSMEs)
  10. Alibaba founder Jack Ma leads $128M investment in live-streaming sports site (Tech In Asia)
  11. Nextdoor Raises $110M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  12. Zealot Networks Buys ViralNova’s Clickbait For $100 Million (TechCrunch)
  13. Saavn Raises $100M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  14. Sony Pictures TV Buys $100M Stake In IMS, Ad Partner To Apple, Twitter And More In LatAm (TechCrunch)
  15. Trustpilot Raises $73.5M in Series D Funding (FinSMEs)
  16. Flipagram Closes $70M Financing (FinSMEs)
  17. Jaunt Raises $65M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  18. Believe Digital Raises $60M in Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Kobalt Raises $60M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  20. Medium Raises $57M in Series B Funding (FinSMEs)

Is it goodbye TV?

Commentary
Something ominous is happening to TV: millennials are abandoning their TV sets and are now turning to online video streaming and new media sites for their news and entertainment fix. A recent Nielsen survey shows that TV usage among millennials 18-24 years old in Q1 of 2015 has declined more than 17% compared to Q4 of 2014. Nielsen predicts that there will be a steady drop in the coming years. This is alarming. So alarming that media giant Comcast’s NBCUniversal has formed partnerships with new media companies Vox Media and BuzzFeed to collaborate on content, programming and advertising. NBCUniversal invested $200 million each into Vox Media and BuzzFeed. The investment allows NBCUniversal to tap into the digital prowess of Vox Media and BuzzFeed in attracting young, digital-native consumers, while it will also allow the two new media companies to be present in television and expand their brands.

New investments in new media

Commentary

An exciting thing is happening in the online news industry. As more and more people today are reading and engaging in online news, venture capitalists have shown a renewed confidence in publishing and are now willing to back media organizations that have high quality, professionally produced content. Hot on the heels of Buzzfeed’s recent $50 million funding, Business Insider and Mashable, which were launched in 2007 and 2005 respectively, both announced that they have secured venture capital investments last week, building on a recent trend of large cash investments for new media companies. Business Insider, the New York-based business information website, has received $25 million from a group of investors led by Axel Springer Digital Ventures. Mashable, a news website focusing on technology and entertainment, has raised $17 million in a funding round led by Time Warner Investments, the investment arm of Time Warner Inc. Both companies said that they plan to use the money to invest in video, a potential source of revenue as people shift from television to the web. In terms of total funding, Business Insider has accummulated $55.6 million while Mashable has raised a total of $31 million.

You can read about the funding here.