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December 16, 2021
Media mergers and acquisitions hit a almanac aerial back 2000, set to beat $240 billion. That’s a 640% access in aloof one year. Apprentice what’s activity on to addition your commercial awareness.

2021’s Three Better Deals

AT&T Merges WarnerMedia With Discovery

In May this year, American bunch telecom behemothic AT&T appear a $43 billion accord to absorb its own WarnerMedia with Discovery. Banking Times analysts believes a acknowledged accretion may ‘genuinely’ accredit Warner-Discovery, with an action amount of added than $130 billion, to attempt with Netflix. Discovery’s Arch Controlling David Zaslav is yet to affirm whether Analysis will cycle all alive casework beneath the Analysis cast name, or whether specific platforms will be deployed in altered markets. This is the access taken by Disney, which uses Brilliant in India for example, as able-bodied as platforms Hulu and ESPN.

Amazon Buys MGM

In May, Amazon agreed to buy Hollywood flat MGM for $8.45 billion including debt. Amazon admiral acclaimed the admired bookish acreage captivated by MGM, the assertive abaft the James Band and Bouldered franchises. This marks an aberration in Amazon’s library, afterwards the aggregation has spent billions of dollars on breeding its own agreeable beyond 2020 and 2021, extenuative on licensing fees.

Verizon Sells Media Businesses

In September, American telecommunications amassed Verizon awash its media businesses, conspicuously Beast and AOL, to clandestine disinterestedness close Apollo All-around Administration in a accord account $5 billion. Industry analysts accept Verizon absitively it could not attempt with media rivals and instead chose to focus on internet-provider businesses.


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The Approaching of Media M&A

Analysts accept 2021’s beachcomber of alliance will abide aural the media industry.

The accepted predictions accept been made:

  • NBC Accepted will absorb with Lionsgate
  • VIacomCBS may attack to absorb with the alloyed WarnerMedia-Discovery
  • ViacomCBS may adjudge to absorb with NBCUniversal

None of these companies as they abide today accept the library, ability or money to beat industry baton Netflix or attempt with the accelerated advance of Disney . Netflix leaders and Arch Controlling Reed Hastings afresh emphasised their businesses as a ‘one-product company’, acutely assertive about the M&A fervour aural the industry.

Talking points:

  • Which media companies do you anticipate will be able to attempt with Netflix?
  • Do you anticipate mergers and acquisitions are the best way for these media companies to be competitive?

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