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Media Data Base - International Media Corporations 2015

Media corporations have bigger budgets than some nation states. As agents and moderators of globalization they have economic and opinion-shaping power. They deal with the contemporary challenge of combining business segments belonging to the 'Old Economy' with those of the "New Economy" by restructuring measures, cooperation or mergers with advertising agencies or social media platforms. It is technological progress and growing competition that force media corporations to expand their businesses on a national as well as an international level. To successfully compete, some media companies establish partnerships with financial investors, which in some cases have garnered considerable influence.

Who controls big media corporations? What kind of strategies do they apply?  What is the role of private equity investors? Based on the 2005 book "Who controls the Media" by Lutz Hachmeister and Günther Rager, the Institute of Media and Communication Policy established the media data base mediadb.eu in order to provide comprehensive and up-to-date structural data concerning international media corporations.

The annual ranking of the 50 world's biggest media corporations includes companies that have a strategic focus on the creation of content for print, television, film and online properties. Because some cable companies control the distribution of programming and produce content themselves, they are included in the ranking as well. Listed are parent companies (such as News Corp.) even if a subsidiary (e.g. BsykB) generates revenues that are higher than other parent companies. The size of a media corporation is based on the media revenues generated in the past financial year. All amounts of revenue are converted to Euros, applying the annual average exchange rates.

Top 100 - International Media Corporations

1.Comcast (Philadelphia / USA)€ 51.769 billion
2.Google Inc. (Mountain View/ USA)€ 49.681 billion
3.The Walt Disney Company (Burbank / USA)€ 35.308 billion
4.News Corp. Ltd. / 21st Century Fox (New York/ USA)€ 30.441 billion
5.DirecTV, LLC (El Segundo/ USA)€ 24.318 billion
6.Viacom Inc./CBS Corp. (New York / USA)€ 20.767 billion
7.Time Warner Inc. (New York / USA)€ 20.594 billion
8.Sony Entertainment (Tokyo / JP )€ 20.169 billion
9.Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Gütersloh/GER)€ 16.675 billion
10.Apple Inc. (Cupertino / USA)€ 13.596 billion
11.Cox Enterprises Inc. (Atlanta /USA)€ 11.972 billion
12.Liberty Media Corp./Liberty Interactive (Englewood, CO / USA)€ 11.253 billion
13.Dish Network Corporation (Englewood, CO / USA)€ 10.990 billion
14.Vivendi S.A. (Paris/ FRA)€ 10.089 billion
15.Tencent (Shenzen/ China)€ 9.643 billion
16.Thomson Reuters Corporation (New York / USA)€ 9.484 billion
17.Facebook, Inc. (Palo Alto/ USA)€ 9.384 billion
18.Rogers Comm. (Toronto / CA)€ 8.765 billion
19.The Hearst Corporation (New York/ USA)€ 7.753 billion
20.Microsoft Corporation (Redmond/ USA)€ 7.247 billion
21.Lagardère Media (Paris/ FRA)€ 7.170 billion
22.Reed Elsevier PLC (London/ GB)€ 7.161 billion
23.Charter Comm. Inc. (St. Louis/ USA)€ 6.856 billion
24.Bloomberg L.P. (New York / USA)€ 6.775 billion
25.ARD (Berlin, München/GER)€ 6.284 billion
26.Pearson plc (London / UK)€ 6.046 billion
27.Advance Publications (New York / USA)€ 6.022 billion
28.BBC (London / UK)€ 5.965 billion
29.Baidu Inc. (Beijing / China)€ 5.871 billion
30.Globo Communicação e Participações S.A. (Rio de Janeiro/ BRA)€ 5.204 billion
31.The Naspers Group (Cape Town / ZA)€ 4.888 billion
32.Cablevision Systems Corp. (Bethpage, NY/ USA)€ 4.863 billion
33.iHeart Media (San Antonio / USA)€ 4.742 billion
34.The Nielsen Company (Haarlem/ NL)€ 4.733 billion
35.Discovery Communications (Silver Spring/ USA)€ 4.716 billion
36.Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo/ Japan)€ 4.668 billion
37.Fuji Media Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo/ JP)€ 4.585 billion
38.Grupo Televisa (Mexico City / MX)€ 4.538 billion
39.Gannett Co. Inc. (McLean, Virginia / USA)€ 4.522 billion
40.Netflix (Los Gatos/ USA)€ 4.144 billion
41.Nintendo Company Ltd. (Kyoto / Japan)€ 3.918 billion
42.McGraw-Hill Financial (New York/USA)€ 3.802 billion
43.ITV plc (London / GB)€ 3.667 billion
44.Wolters Kluwer nv (Amsterdam / NL)€ 3.660 billion
45.Shaw Communications (Calgary /CA)€ 3.575 billion
46.Yahoo! Inc. (Sunnyvale/ USA)€ 3.476 billion
47.Mediaset SpA (Milan / IT)€ 3.414 billion
48.Asahi Shinbun Company (Tokyo / Japan)€ 3.394 billion
49.Activision Blizzard Inc. (Santa Monica / USA)€ 3.318 billion
50.Electronic Arts (Redwood City / USA)€ 3.251 billion
51.Axel Springer SE (Berlin /GER)€ 3.038 billion
52.Amazon.com Inc. (Seattle/ USA)€ 3.011 billion
53.ProSiebenSat.1 SE (Unterföhring/ GER)€ 2.876 billion
54.France Télévisions S.A. (Paris/ FRA)€ 2.842 billion
55.Graham Holdings Company (Washington D.C. / USA)€ 2.661 billion
56.Hubert Burda Media Holding Gmbh & Co. (Offenburg/ GER)€ 2.617 billion
57.Bonnier AB (Stockholm / SWE)€ 2.605 billion
58.Nippon Television Holdings (Tokyo / Japan)€ 2.584 billion
59.Shanghai Media Group (Shanghai / China)€ 2.565 billion
60.RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana Holding S.p.A. (Rom / IT)€ 2.561 billion
61.Quebecor Inc. (Montreal/ CA)€ 2.534 billion
62.Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo / Japan)€ 2.479 billion
63.Time Inc. (New York / USA)€ 2.470 billion
64.IAC/InterActiveCorp. (New York/ USA)€ 2.341 billion
65.Daily Mail & General Trust plc (London / UK)€ 2.313 billion
66.Bauer Media Group (Hamburg / GER)€ 2.263 billion
67.Univision Communications (New York / USA)€ 2.190 billion
68.Tribune Co./Tribune Publishing (Chicago / USA)€ 2.186 billion
69.China Central Television (Beijing /China)€ 2.138 billion
70.TF1 S.A. (Boulogne, Cedex / FRA)€ 2.092 billion
71.Namco Bandai Games (Tokyo/ Japan)€ 2.053 billion
72.ZDF (Mainz/ GER)€ 2.011 billion
73.Scripps Networks Interactive (Knoxville / USA)€ 2.006 billion
74.Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation (Santa Monica/ USA)€ 1.980 billion
75.Hunan Broadcasting System (Changsha / China)€ 1.979 billion
76.AOL (New York / USA)€ 1.902 billion
77.Sanoma Group (Helsinki / FI)€ 1.902 billion
78.Schibsted Media Group (Oslo / NOR)€ 1.792 billion
79.De Agostini Group (Novara / IT)€ 1.758 billion
80.Modern Times Group (Stockholm / SWE)€ 1.731 billion
81.Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH (Stuttgart/ GER)€ 1.719 billion
82.King Digital Entertainment plc (Dublin/ IRL)€ 1.701 billion
83.Grupo Planeta (Barcelona / ES)€ 1.570 billion
84.Egmont Group (Copenhagen / DEN)€ 1.551 billion
85.Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (Nanjing / China)€ 1.499 billion
86.Ubisoft Entertainment (Montreuil sous Bois / Frankreich)€ 1.464 billion
87.Grupo PRISA (Madrid / ES)€ 1.413 billion
88.NOS (Lissabon / Portugal)€ 1.384 billion
89.Scholastic Corporation (New York / USA)€ 1.371 billion
90.SRG SSR (Bern / CH)€ 1.346 billion
91.John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Hoboken/ USA)€ 1.336 billion
92.Gazprom-Media (Moscow/ RUS)€ 1.297 billion
93.RCS Media Group (Milan/ IT)€ 1.279 billion
94.Seven West Media Ltd. (Perth / AUS)€ 1.253 billion
95.GungHo Online Entertainment (Tokyo/ Japan)€ 1.233 billion
96.New York Times Company (New York / USA)€ 1.196 billion
97.Mondadori Group (Milan / IT)€ 1.178 billion
98.China Publishing Group (Beijing / China)€ 1.113 billion
99.Meredith Corporation (Des Moines / USA)€ 1.106 billion
100.Twitter (San Francisco/ USA)€ 1.056 billion

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