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The Taunton Press has been acquired by Active Interest Media

The Taunton Press, a respected consumer media and book business, has been acquired by Active Interest Media (AIM), a leading media company. The acquisition of The Taunton Press aligns several core markets and allows AIM to expand its mission of inspiring an ever-growing audience of enthusiasts to enjoy their hobbies and interests. This strategic move effectively doubles AIM’s reach and influence across gardening, woodworking and homebuilding.

The Taunton Press has been a trusted source of valuable information and inspiration for enthusiasts and professionals across a range of subjects, including woodworking, homebuilding and design, residential construction, gardening, sewing and fiber arts, since 1975. Millions of professionals and consumers purchase Taunton’s digital products, magazines, videos and books, and use its websites to improve their skills and expand their horizons. Its brands include Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Green Building Advisor, Fine Gardening and Threads. The company has published hundreds of books under The Taunton Press imprint.

One of the world’s leading enthusiast media companies, Active Interest Media produces consumer and trade events, websites, magazines, podcasts and TV shows that reach millions of readers, fans and attendees across the globe. Its brands include Yachts International, Power & Motoryacht, Soundings, Passagemaker, Woodshop News, Log and Timber Home Living, Old House Journal, Woodsmith, Garden Gate, Cuisine at Home, Writer’s Digest, Horticulture, Popular Woodworking, Numismatic News, Kovels Antique Trader, and more. The company’s two groups, Marine and Home, are divided into five divisions — Collectibles, Home Arts, Home Building, Marine and Writer’s Digest — and operate thriving B2B platforms, online universities, events and offer marketing services. AIM’s customers are smart, engaged and loyal, and they look to our brands for trustworthy information and services that will inspire and enable them to enjoy their passions.

Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips, one of Oaklins’ TMT teams in New York, acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to The Taunton Press. This transaction further highlights ODP’s deep sector expertise in advising media businesses.

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“AIM will be an excellent home for Taunton. The two companies share a dedication to producing high-quality information and inspiring enthusiasts for hands-on living. AIM’s leadership, scale and resources will provide a strong foundation for the next generation of Taunton’s growth, and the combined organization will provide new opportunities for our employees.”

Andrea Roman

Board Chair, The Taunton Press

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Jay Kirsch

Partner
New York, United States
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips

Paul Slavin

Managing Director
New York, United States
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips

Samuel Bernstein

Associate
New York, United States
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips

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