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2014年3月25日 星期二

華特迪士尼公司 同意以5億美元收購Maker Studios


迪士尼39億購YouTube網絡經營商


       迪士尼集團同意,以5億美元(約39億港元) 收購Maker Studios。後者是現時YouTube最受年輕人歡迎的主要網絡之一。

       《路透》引述消息人士稱,如果Maker的業務達到一定指標,迪士尼支付的收購價可能最多達9.5億美元。

        創立於2009年的Maker,主要業務是製作影視產品,擺放在YouTube頻道。它生產及分銷的產品,在YouTube的55個頻道供3.8億用戶瀏覽,合計每月瀏覽人次達55億次。

        Maker的支持者包括時代華納投資、Upfront Ventures,以及Greycroft Partners。該公司與著名網上遊戲評論人、化名PewDiePie的Felix Kjellberg,是合作夥伴。


資料來源:《信報》

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官方新聞稿 (Offical Press Release):

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY TO ACQUIRE MAKER STUDIOS, THE LEADING NETWORK OF ONLINE VIDEO CONTENT


BURBANK, Calif.,  March 24, 2014 –

Furthering its goal of bringing content to consumers on all the platforms they prefer, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has agreed to acquire Maker Studios, the leading network of online video content on YouTube.

Maker Studios shareholders will receive total consideration of $500 million, and a performance-linked earn-out of up to $450 million if the strong performance targets are met.

With more than 55,000 channels, 380 million subscribers and 5.5 billion views per month on YouTube, Maker has established itself as the top online video network for Millennials.

By acquiring Maker Studios, Disney will gain advanced technology and business intelligence capability regarding consumers’ discovery and interaction with short-form online videos, including Disney content.

“Short-form online video is growing at an astonishing pace and with Maker Studios, Disney will now be at the center of this dynamic industry with an unmatched combination of advanced technology and programming expertise and capabilities,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

“Disney is synonymous with the best entertainment and is the ideal partner for us, strengthening our position as the leading player in online video,” said Ynon Kreiz, Executive Chairman and CEO of Maker Studios. 

Maker Studios will report to Disney Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo. Maker Studios will remain headquartered in Culver City, Calif., with operations in New York and London.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory clearances, is expected to close in Disney’s third fiscal quarter.



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