Meredith Corporation to Acquire Readymade Media Brand
Meredith Corporation announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement to purchase ReadyMade, a multimedia brand targeting adults in their 20s and 30s.
The ReadyMade brand includes a do-it-yourself lifestyle magazine, a Web site, a branded book, branded products such as project plans and kits and custom marketing operations. The transaction is expected to close later this fall, pending completion of closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“Acquiring ReadyMade strengthens our reach to adults ages 25-39, which is a very attractive group of consumers to advertisers,” said Meredith Publishing Group President Jack Griffin, who added that Meredith will immediately begin marketing ReadyMade to advertisers making purchasing decisions for calendar 2007. “Additionally, we plan to increase the magazine’s circulation to 200,000 in the next few months.”
ReadyMade magazine, which launched in December 2001, is published bi-monthly. Targeted at adults in their 20s and 30s, the magazine offers do-it-yourself projects and promotes an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The Web site (www.readymade.com) complements the magazine’s print content with how-to tips and project ideas. The site includes an interactive online community with blogs and an online store. In addition to the magazine and Web site, ReadyMade published its first book, “How to Make (Almost) Anything,” in December 2005.
Grace Hawthorne, CEO and Publisher of ReadyMade said, “We will continue to produce products true to the brand that our readers love, while taking advantage of Meredith’s expertise in sales, circulation, production and financial management. This combination will allow us to realize ReadyMade’s tremendous growth potential.”
Hawthorne added that the bulk of ReadyMade’s operation will remain based in the San Francisco area.