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)

Top 20 Media Deals for 2014

Deal No. Amount Paid (USD) Company Investor/Buyer Sector Deal Type
1 $804,000,000 ChinaVision Media Group Alibaba Media Acquisition
2 $500,000,000 Maker Studios The Walt Disney Company Media Acquisition
3 $200,000,000 Pinterest Consortium Media Investment
4 $200,000,000 Mogujie Consortium Media Investment
5 $160,000,000 Automattic Consortium Media Investment
6 $80,000,000 Quora Consortium Media Investment
7 $54,000,000 Doximity Consortium Media Investment
8 $50,000,000 Buzzfeed Andreessen Horowitz Media Investment
9 $40,000,000 Imgur Andreessen Horowitz, Reddit Media Investment
10 $40,000,000 Genius Dan Gilbert, Andreessen Horowitz Media Investment
11 $40,000,000 Hungama Bessemer Venture Partners, Intel Capital Media Investment
12 $36,000,000 SmartNews Gree Media Investment
13 $34,000,000 Aereo Himalaya Capital Management, Gordon Crawford Media Investment
14 $30,000,000 CPXi Business Development Corporation of America Media Investment
15 $30,000,000 Rong360 Sequoia Capital China Media Investment
16 $25,000,000 Path Consortium Media Investment
17 $25,000,000 Tastemade Consortium Media Investment
18 $25,000,000 Zealot Consortium Media Investment
19 $25,000,000 Trustpilot Consortium Media Investment
20 $22,000,000 Zhihu SAIF Media Investment

More information

  1. Alibaba Pays $804M To Take Majority Stake In TV And Movie Producer ChinaVision (TechCrunch)
  2. It’s Official: Disney Acquires Maker Studios For At Least $500M (TechCrunch)
  3. Social bulletin board Pinterest raises $200M with a $5B valuation (updated) (VentureBeat)
  4. Social Shopping Platform Mogujie Raises $200 million Funding at a Valuation of $1 billion (TechNode)
  5. Automattic Raises $160M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  6. Quora collects $80 million in funding (CNET)
  7. Doximity Closes $54M Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  8. Hope you’re having a good weekend. BuzzFeed certainly is, with $50M in A16Z money (Venture Beat)
  9. Imgur, the startup that doesn’t need funding, closes $40M from Reddit & Andreessen Horowitz (VentureBeat)
  10. Rap Genius Raises $40M, Changes Name To Genius, Launches Embeddable Annotations (TechCrunch)
  11. Hungama raises $40M led by Bessemer Venture Partners (VC Circle)
  12. Gree leads $36M investment in Japan’s SmartNews (Tech In Asia)
  13. Aereo Raises $34 Million in Funding to Expand Online-TV Service (Bloomberg)
  14. CPXi Closes $30M Funding (FinSMEs)
  15. Sequoia Leads Investment in Rongo360’s Series B Financing (Asia) (EMPEA)
  16. Path Closes $25M Series C Funding Round (FinSMEs)
  17. Tastemade Raises $25M in Series C Funding (FinSMEs)
  19. Trustpilot Raises $25M in Series C Financing (FinSMEs)
  20. Quora-like Service Zhihu Raises $22mn Series B Funding Led by SAIF (TechNode)