Mergers & Acquisitions

Press Release: Second Street Acquires Niche Media
May 17, 2019 at 1:49 pm

ST. LOUIS - Second Street announced today the acquisition of Niche Media, an organization dedicated to helping publishers generate revenue via print, digital, and events. This acquisition further expands Second Street’s role as an educator for media. Currently, Second Street alone offers numerous educational resources including the Second Street Lab, Summit, sales workshops, and webinars.…

Analysis: Will Quad Acquisition of LSC Communication Pass DOJ Antitrust Review, Negatively Impact Competitors?
April 25, 2019 at 11:37 am

Peter Schaefer, a principal at New Direction Partners, and Mark Michelson, editor-in-chief of Printing Impressions, predict how the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Div., will rule on the pending acquisition of LSC by Quad. They also discuss — assuming the deal gets finalized — how it will ultimately impact the magazine and book printing landscape, and…

New Condé Nast CEO Signals Big Swings Ahead
April 5, 2019 at 9:25 am

With a new global chief executive officer, the future of Condé Nast beyond magazines is starting to come into focus. Roger Lynch, an executive who started off as an investment banker and moved on to various roles in TV and most recently served as ceo of Pandora…

Medium Buys Bay Area Mag The Bold Italic to Add to its Paywall
February 13, 2019 at 10:48 am

Medium  is seeking to juice up its premium subscription content in its home market with the acquisition of The Bold Italic. The 10-year-old online culture magazine will go behind the $5 per month Medium membership paywall. The deal will keep The Bold Italic afloat when other San Francisco-local publications have struggled, following the shutdown of the The Oakland Tribune an SFist,…

BuzzFeed Has Started its Layoffs, But it’s Also Talking About a Merger
January 28, 2019 at 11:38 am

BuzzFeed began laying off 15 percent of its staff — about 200 employees — on Friday. Its next move could be a merger with Group Nine, another big digital publisher. Speculation about a tie-up between the two companies has been bubbling in the media industry for months, and sources familiar with both companies say the…

The Merger That Could Kill Your Favorite Magazine
January 11, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Google’s and Facebook’s ever-tightening control over online advertising spending in the United States continues to make it harder for magazine publishers to keep their businesses alive. But publishers’ jobs may soon get even more difficult if the Department of Justice fails to block printer Quad/Graphics’ $1.4 billion bid to buy its only major competitor…

Magazine Media M&As - What Happened in 2018 in Review
January 9, 2019 at 11:37 am

In this industry, change is constant. Though, over the last number of years, we've seen increasing numbers of mergers and acquisitions on the media landscape. 2018 was no different, with magazine media marketplaces restructuring, consolidating and diversifying. "The trends we are seeing are diversification and consolidation.…

B2B Publisher Vendome Media Group Is Shutting Its Doors
December 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Vendome Media Group, the New York City-based B2B publisher, with holdings in the healthcare and real estate markets, is officially closing its doors at the end of the year, following divestments of parts of its healthcare media business and pending the sale of others. The 14-year-old company sold three business units to new owners in 2018, including Healthcare…

MidOcean Partners Announces Acquisitions and Merger of Hanley Wood and Meyers Research
December 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 12, 2018--MidOcean Partners (“MidOcean”), a premier middle market private equity firm focused on the business services and consumer sectors, announced today its acquisitions and merger of HW Holdco, LLC (“Hanley Wood”), the leading B2B media and information services company serving the U.S. residential construction industry, and Meyers Research, LLC (“Meyers Research”), the…

Time's Editor-CEO Shares His Vision For a Magazine Under New Ownership
December 7, 2018 at 10:27 am

When Meredith Corp. put Time magazine on the block following its purchase of Time Inc. in Nov. 2017, it tapped editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal to spearhead the process. Perhaps an unorthodox role for a career journalist, selling the magazine turned out to be a great calling for Felsenthal, who joined the publication six years ago following…