Who’s Their Daddy? A Hot List of Which Media Companies are Buying Which

Mergers are always afoot among media companies – the top brass are always looking to expand their companies by buying others that are already doing great work. 

Facebook’s groundbreaking $1B Instagram buy-up was only one of over 23 acquisitions that have happened so far in 2012 – and we’re only at the end of August.

While these acquisitions don’t always have an abrupt effect on your personal world or business, it’s always best to stay abreast of the industry’s big moves – because sometimes the mergers can affect you indirectly. 

Besides, ‘fess up: you’ve been curious to know who owns what, but haven’t had enough time to research it yourself. No worries, I’ve done your work for you. Read on for some eye-opening mergers.

16 Major Media Mergers So Far in 2012

1. About.com
Bought by: InterActiveCorp (Ask.com) 
Acquisition date: August 27, 2012
Price: $300M

2. Getty Images
Bought by: personal equity firm Carlyle Group
Acquisition date: August 15, 2012
Price: $3.3B

3. Variety (entertainment magazine) 
Bought by: Avenue Capital Group 
Acquisition date: August 13, 2012
Price: $40M

4. The Bleacher Report (sports blog)
Bought by: Turner Broadcasting
Acquisition date: August 6, 2012
Price: $300M

5. Yammer (an intra-company social network service)
Bought by: Microsoft 
Acquisition date: July 25, 2012
Price: $1.2B

6. Nerdist Industries (original geeky web videos, blog, etc.) 
Bought by: Legendary Entertainment 
Acquisition date: July 10, 2012
Price: Not disclosed 

7. Spin Magazine
Bought by: blog conglomerate Buzz Media
Acquisition date: July 10, 2012
Price: Not disclosed

8. Face.com (facial recognition app company) 
Bought by: Facebook 
Acquisition date: June 18, 2012
Price: $100M

9. Motorola Mobility
Bought by: Google 
Acquisition date: May 19, 2012
Price: $12.5B  

10. Slideshare
Bought by: LinkedIn
Acquisition date: May 3, 2012
Price: $119M

11. TagTile (company recommendation hardware/software)
Bought by: Facebook 
Acquisition date: April 13, 2012
Price: Not disclosed

12. Instagram
Bought by: Facebook 
Acquisition date: April 9, 2012
Price: $1B

13. Travel Channel International 
Bought by: Scripps Networks (HGTV, Food Channel, etc.)  
Acquisition date: March 22, 2012
Price: $103M 

14. Mashable 
Bought by: CNN  
Acquisition date: March 12, 2012
Price: $200M 

15. The New Republic (political magazine)
Bought by: Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes  
Acquisition date: March 9, 2012
Price: $100M

16. NCR (Blockbuster) video kiosks
Bought by: Redbox (owned by Coinstar)   
Acquisition date: February 6, 2012
Price: $100M

Curious for more?

There are more buy-ups where these came from, and you can check out TheWrap.com (click "Media") or VentureBeat (click “Deals”, then “Acquisitions”) to stay on top of the industry’s major moves.

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