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Synamedia acquires Utelly

Synamedia, the independent video software provider, has announced the acquisition of Utelly, a UK-based privately-owned content discovery platform provider with products targeted at the entertainment industry. Its offerings include metadata aggregation, search and recommendations, as well as content management and a content promotion engine. Utelly’s solution simplifies the complexity of users’ content discovery across TV […]

May 25, 2022

SiriusXM buys Conan O’Brien’s podcast business

Comedian and late-night TV host Conan O’Brien is selling his podcast business to pay-radio operator SiriusXM in a deal worth reportedly about $150 million (€140m). SiriusXM is buying O’Brien’s hit podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, along with his Team Coco digital-media company and its network of ten podcasts. O’Brien owns the bulk of the […]

May 24, 2022By Chris Forrester

Dorries: C4 ‘free’ of PSB status in a decade

UK DCMS Secretary Nadine Dorries says it is “laughable” that she is spearheading the sale of Channel 4 out of vengeance, though adding in the same evidence to MPs that it ‘hadn’t done itself any favours’ in a reference to an old story about Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow abusing Tory MPs. In the […]

May 19, 2022

Candle Media acquires ATTN:

Next-generation media company Candle Media is acquiring purpose-driven, social storytelling company ATTN:. Candle will help provide scale, capital and expertise to accelerate ATTN:’s growth as it continues to create original content for Gen Z and Millennials across social media, network television and streaming services, in addition to growing their publishing, brand studio, creative strategy and […]

May 18, 2022

Fitch: WBD JV neutral for BT’s rating

BT Group’s proposed joint venture with Warner Bros Discovery is neutral to BT’s rating, according to credit rating agency Fitch Ratings, who expect the impact on its credit metrics to be limited. “Deconsolidation of the JV should not affect the group’s EBITDA significantly, while the impact on net debt at transaction close is expected to […]

May 17, 2022By Colin Mann

Telestream acquires Encoding.com

In a strategic move that further extends its reach in the cloud-media processing sector, video content production, processing, storage and distribution specialist Telestream is acquiring cloud media processing platform Encoding.com. Telestream says the acquisition solidifies its position in file-based video media workflows and orchestration from on-prem to cloud. Terms of the transaction will not be […]

May 17, 2022

e& takes Vodafone stake

Emirates Telecommunications Group company e&, formerly known as Etisalat, has acquired approximately 2,766 million shares in Vodafone Group Plc, representing 9.8 per cent of Vodafone’s issued share capital (excluding treasury shares) for purchase cost of circa $4.4 billion (€4.23bn). e& has made the investment in Vodafone to gain significant exposure to a world leader in […]

May 16, 2022

smartclip acquires Realytics

smartclip, the adtech company of RTL Deutschland, has announced the acquisition of adtech specialist Realytics. The combined adtech solutions will help to measure the impact of TV campaigns on websites. “Realytics systematically analyses the impact of TV advertising on advertiser websites and leverages these data points with state-of-the-art AI algorithms for better decisioning in traditional […]

May 12, 2022

Chicken Soup for the Soul to acquire Redbox

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, an operator of AVoD streaming services, and Redbox, the US entertainment company, have entered into a definitive agreement under which Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment will acquire Redbox. In a joint statement, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Redbox said they aim to “create a leading independent, integrated […]

May 11, 2022

TelevisaUnivision to acquire Pantaya

TelevisaUnivision, the Spanish-language media and content company, has entered into an agreement with HMTV DTC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Hemisphere Media Group, to acquire Pantaya, a streaming platform in the US for Spanish-language movies and series in exchange for cash plus certain Puerto Rican radio assets including WKAQ AM and KQ105 FM currently […]

May 9, 2022