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The consumer media sector is divided across digital and print formats for magazines, books, television, video, audio, newspapers, newsletters, out-of-home, podcasts and events. You will benefit from working with our experienced team, which has closed over 100 transactions and represented Condé Nast, The New York Times, Bonnier Corporation, Workman Publishing and Dennis Publishing. Our investment bankers have had M&A and operating experience at prominent firms, such as Sony, The Walt Disney Company, AOL, Hearst and MTV.

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The Taunton Press has been acquired by Active Interest Media
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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.

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Essence Ventures, LLC has acquired ESSENCE communications Inc. a subsidiary of Time Inc.
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Essence Ventures, LLC has acquired ESSENCE communications Inc. a subsidiary of Time Inc.

Essence Ventures, LLC, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, community and commerce, has acquired multi-platform media company ESSENCE Communications Inc. from Time Inc. ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks will continue at the helm of the company and will also join its board of directors. In addition, the all black female executive team of ESSENCE will have an equity stake in the business.

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Bonnier Corporation has sold seven of its US titles to North Equity
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Bonnier Corporation has sold seven of its US titles to North Equity

Bonnier Corporation has sold seven of its most popular US titles, including Popular Science, Popular Photography, Saveur, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Better You and Interesting Things, to venture equity group North Equity.

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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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Firecrown Media Acquires Railroad and Space Enthusiast Brands of Kalmbach Media

Kalmbach Media, a leading independent media company that provides ideas and inspiration to avid hobbyists, enthusiasts and citizen scientists through its multichannel brands, has sold its railroad and space enthusiast brands to Firecrown Media, one of the leading transportation media providers serving the aviation, boating and logistics sectors.

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