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FremantleMedia acquires a majority stake in French scripted producer Kwai
02-October-2015 | TV Production | M&A
FremantleMedia has acquired a majority stake in French scripted producer Kwai. The Paris-based fiction company specialises in TV films and series and is headed up by writer and producer Thomas Bourguignon, creator of Femmes de Loi, the popular French detective series that ran from 2000-2009.
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Move Inc. (News Corp) acquires online property transaction platform, Reesio
01-October-2015 | Online Property | M&A
Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp and operator of, a leading online destination for real estate services, has acquired Reesio, a US-based document and transaction management platform that allows real estate professionals to simplify the process for home buyers and sellers by bringing the entire transaction online. Reesio provides brokers and agents with a platform to collaborate and communicate with home buyers and sellers, mortgage professionals, title and escrow companies, inspectors and other service providers, making the transaction process transparent and speeding communication to relevant parties. Reesio`s secure online platform allows collaborators to share, edit, sign and store transaction documents such as offer letters, inspection reports, and loan information in one place, and helps brokers and agents to reduce transaction errors and risk by using workflow templates. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Entertainment One acquires 70% stake in Peppa Pig creator for GBP 140 million
30-September-2015 | Media rights | M&A
Entertainment One entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 70% of the entire issued share capital of Astley Baker Davies Ltd, the creator and producer of Peppa Pig, that jointly holds the ownership rights to Peppa Pig with Entertainment One. The acquisition will be funded through a 4 for 9 rights issue to raise GBP 193.6 million (net of expenses). The Acquisition will increase the Group`s interest in the related share of earnings from the exploitation of Peppa Pig from 50% to 85%; the remainder will go to the minority shareholders in ABD. The purchase price of GBP140 million is based on a valuation of 11.6 times Underlying EBITDA, based on FY15 EBITDA.
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Axel Springer acquires minority stake in digital media firm, Thrillist Media
30-September-2015 | Digital Media | Investments
Axel Springer has acquired a minority stake in the US digital media company, Thrillist Media Group. Founded in 2005 by Ben Lerer and Adam Rich, TMG has 15 million monthly unique visitors to and over 80 million a month across its digital, social and mobile platforms. TMG operates the lifestyle portal Thrillist along with related daily newsletters and mobile app, with a focus on the sought-after demographic of 18 to 34-year-old men. Thrillist has local editions covering more than 35 cities in the U.S. and Europe.
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Unisplendour acquires 15% stake in Western Digital for USD 3.775 billion
30-September-2015 | Storage Solutions | Investments
The Chinese IT firm, Unisplendour Corporation has made a USD 3.775 billion investment in the data storage solutions firm, Western Digital. Following the investment, Unisplendour will own a 15% stake in Western Digital. Under the terms of the investment, Unis has agreed to purchase newly issued Western Digital common stock at a price of USD 92.50 per share.
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Axel Springer acquires 88% stake in Business Insider for USD 343 million
29-September-2015 | Digital Media | M&A
Axel Springer SE has purchased an approximately 88% stake in Business Insider, a leading digital offering for business news in the U.S. Business Insider has approx. 76 million unique monthly visitors. The purchase price based on 100% of Business Insider amounts to USD 442 million on the basis of a cash and debt free valuation of USD 390 million. The valuation corresponds to an amount of USD 343 million (currently approximately EUR 306 million) for the 88% of the shares that Axel Springer is acquiring. Axel Springer already holds a stake of approximately 9% in the company and, after this purchase, will hold a stake of approximately 97%. Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos, holds the remaining shares.
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Vivendi acquires 30% stake in film distributor, Mars Films
29-September-2015 | Film Production & Distribution | Investments
Vivendi has acquired a 30% stake in Mars Films, a French leader in the production and distribution of motion pictures. Mars is a key distributor of some leading names in cinema, including Woody Allen, as well as critically-acclaimed and popular movies (Polisse, Des Hommes et des dieux, 12 Years a Slave, Potiche, etc.). Mars recently and successfully launched into production with La Famille Belier.
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