Imagine Entertainment acquires Tony Hernandez’s Jax Media

ImagineImagine Entertainment has acquired Jax Media, the fast-growing production banner headed by Tony Hernandez. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

New York-based Jax Media has made a name for itself by producing auteur-driven comedy series and specials for modest budgets. Hernandez will continue to oversee day-to-day operations of the company. Jax is home to TBS’ “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” and “Search Party,” Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and “Inside Amy Schumer,” BET’s “The Rundown with Robin Thede,” TV Land’s “Younger” and ABC’s “Roseanne” revival, among other shows.

Imagine Entertainment principal Brian Grazer said, “Our company’s roots are in comedy, and I am excited to work with Tony and Jax Media to build upon what Ron (Howard) and I first started. Tony has a keen eye for talent and exceptional taste and execution”.

USA, Beverly Hills, CA & New York, NY

Bauer Media acquires UK fishing event The Big One

Bauer Media GroupThe Bauer Media Group has acquired the UK’s biggest fishing show, The Big One. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Big One is held annually each spring in Farnborough and attracts almost 20,000 enthusiastic anglers. The acquisition complements and strengthens Bauer’s angling media business which already interacts with 600,000 anglers each month through its portfolio of magazines, digital editions, social media and websites.

The Big One will form part of Bauer’s growing specialist events portfolio, which includes the London Motorcycle Show, the MCN Festival and Your Horse Live, already attended by over 100,000 visitors each year.

Vince Davies, who launched and owns the event, will continue to work for Bauer as Event Director, building on the great success he has had growing the show since it launched.

Patrick Horton, Managing Director, Sport & Entertainment at Bauer Media, said, “I’m delighted we are acquiring the biggest event in angling and equally delighted that Vince will continue to work with Bauer Media on the show. It’s a brilliant event that celebrates the best that fishing has to offer, and has great potential in the new permanent event space in Farnborough. We look forward to putting the weight of Bauer’s angling media behind the event to make it bigger and better.”

Germany, Hamburg & UK, Ashford, Middlesex

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THQ Nordic AB acquires Koch Media GmbH

THQ NordicTHQ Nordic is to acquire 100 percent of the share capital in Koch Media. The total consideration amounts to EUR 121 million on a cash and debt free basis, equivalent to an equity value of EUR 91.5 million. EUR 82 million will be paid in cash and financed by current cash and bank balance. The remaining part of the consideration, amounting to EUR 9.5 million will be paid by consideration shares at a price per share which is based on the volume weighted average price of the company’s shares on Nasdaq First North during the twenty trade days preceding the signing date (14th February), i.e. SEK 95.44. Thus, the consideration shares will comprise 987,965 B shares.

Koch Media is a leading, independent producer and marketer of digital entertainment products in Europe and North America with studios in Germany, the UK, and the US, and offices in several Central and Northern European cities. Koch Media’s business consists of three business areas; i) Games, which are mainly published under the Deep Silver label with several AAA-intellectual property rights such as Saints Row, Dead Island and Metro; ii) Partner Publishing, which is the leading company in this business area in Europe and iii) Film, which is a business within movies for primarily the German- and Italian-speaking territories.

Koch Media generated net sales of approximately SEK 2,548 million and adjusted EBIT of approximately SEK 296 million for the period April – December 2017. The new group generated pro forma net sales and adjusted EBIT for the period April – December 2017 of SEK 2,933 million and SEK 505 million, respectively.

Lars Wingefors, CEO of THQ Nordic, said, “Koch Media has a long history of profitability despite losses incurred from some less successful game releases. THQ Nordic is convinced that the development studios of Deep Silver as part of THQ Nordic will successfully deliver at least four ongoing AAA game projects including Metro Exodus as well as the next Volition Studio AAA release and the next Dambuster Studio AAA release, together with a number of other game development and publishing titles.”

Austria, Vienna & Germany, Planegg

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German Beta Cinema takes stake in UK sales company Cornerstone Films

Beta CinemaGerman production and distribution outfit Beta Cinema has acquired a minority stake in Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder’s London and LA-based international sales outfit Cornerstone Films. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The two companies will partner on commercially-driven English-language films, combining Beta’s production and distribution operations with Cornerstone’s sales activities – the aim is for the joint alliance to create a stronger foothold for both outfits across the global marketplace.

Recent deals struck between the two outfits include Cornerstone’s sales title Georgetown, directed by Christoph Waltz, which Beta will distribute in Germany. Beta also recently acquired a stake in renowned German film and TV production company X-Filme (Babylon Berlin), which has previously worked closely with Cornerstone.

X-Filme’s Uwe Schott and Beta’s Dirk Schuerhoff said: “We’re very excited to announce our partnership with Cornerstone Films, with whom we have collaborated successfully on various projects during the past years. The partnership is a strategic and creative fit that will allow us to continue to produce ambitious and daring international cinema.”

Germany, Munich, UK, London & USA, Los Angeles, CA

Nielsen Media Research to acquire Ebiquity’s AdIntel business for £26M

nielsenNielsen Media Research Limited is to acquire Ebiquity’s AdIntel business for £26 million.

The assets acquired have a total book value of £27.5 million. For the year ended 31 December 2017, the AdIntel business generated unaudited revenues of £21.9 million and operating profit of £4.4 million, before the allocation of central overheads

The Disposal is subject to approval from the Competition and Markets Authority. Completion is expected during the second quarter of 2018.

Michael Karg, CEO Ebiquity plc, commented: “This is a transformational moment for Ebiquity. Our Growth Acceleration Plan, which focusses on seizing market opportunities in our faster growing MVM and MPO segments, will be enhanced through our ability to invest in these services to seize and establish a leadership position. Nielsen is the logical home for our colleagues in MI (Market Intelligence) and we wish them every success for the future.”

USA, New York & UK, London & Bracknell

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Hearst UK acquires wellbeing events and watch brands from Telegraph Media Group

Hearst UKPublisher Hearst UK has agreed a deal with Telegraph Events to acquire Be:FIT, the UK’s largest and leading fitness and wellbeing festival for women, Salon QP, the UK’s premier luxury watch fair and QP Magazine, the UK’s leading luxury watch magazine. The deal is part of Hearst UK’s strategic commitment to grow and diversify revenues. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Be:FIT, Salon QP and QP Magazine will join a portfolio of brands and events targeting consumers interested in luxury and health & wellness from titles such as Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE to events such as Esquire Townhouse, Cosmopolitan Self Made and Country Living Fairs.

Victoria Archbold, Managing Director of Events and Sponsorship at Hearst Live, said: “This deal plays to the strengths of our brands and is a perfect fit for our publishing and events business. We are seeing unprecedented growth in experiential events – our attendance levels doubled last year primarily because our consumers are so engaged in our brands and those we choose to work with. From a commercial perspective, we have created successful collaborations with a number of like-minded brands that have delivered a great return on investment. Expanding our events portfolio will enable us to create more of these brand partnership platforms.”

UK, London

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Euromoney to sell its Global Markets Intelligence Division (CEIC and EMIS)

Euromoney plcEuromoney Institutional Investor PLC is to sell its Global Markets Intelligence Division, consisting of CEIC and EMIS, to a consortium of CITIC Capital Partners Management Limited, the private equity arm of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited, and Caixin Global Limited, for an equity value of $180.5 million.  The proceeds, net of transaction costs and tax, are expected to be approximately $145 million. They will be paid in cash on completion.

For the year ended 30 September 2017, GMID reported an operating profit of £11.9 million ($15.1 million). GMID’s gross assets at 30 September 2017 were £45.3 million. The sale is expected to complete by the end of April 2018.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, GMID is a leading provider of macro-economic, company and industry intelligence on emerging markets with a strong customer presence in China, India, Brazil and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in developed markets.

Andrew Rashbass, CEO of Euromoney, said: “This transaction is another example of Euromoney’s strategy in action: where a good business is not strategic, we will sell it and recycle capital towards our main investment themes like price discovery, asset management and telecoms.  CITIC Capital and Caixin will provide an excellent home for the business, which Aloisio Parente and the whole team have done a fantastic job developing as part of Euromoney.  I am confident that the business will thrive under its new owners.”

citiccapitallogoYichen Zhang, Chairman and CEO of CITIC Capital, said: “We are very excited to make this investment in CEIC and EMIS, which are world-class platforms for macro-economic and business information. Together with Caixin, we look forward to working with the management team to continue growing the business and developing its global customer base.”

As previously reported, last November Citic teamed up with the Asia arm of Baring Private Equity to purchase the Wall Street English educational unit from Pearson Plc for $300 million.

CaixinShuli Hu, Publisher of Caixin Media, Chairwoman of Caixin Global, said:  “We are optimistic about GMID’s business and future.  Caixin will further leverage the rising global influence of China’s economy, and combine state-of-the-art technology with its authoritative information service and data offerings.  We will join forces together with GMID to provide indispensable data and insight for overseas and domestic financial industry professionals and stakeholders.”

UK, London & Hong Kong

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