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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.Alphabet Inc. (Mountain View/ USA)€ 67.588 billion
2.Comcast (Philadelphia / USA)€ 67.156 billion
3.The Walt Disney Company (Burbank / USA)€ 47.287 billion
4.News Corp. Ltd. / 21st Century Fox (New York/ USA)€ 33.907 billion
5.AT&T Entertainment Group (DirecTV) (El Segundo/ USA)€ 31.811 billion
6.Time Warner Inc. (New York / USA)€ 25.343 billion
7.Viacom Inc./CBS Corp. (New York / USA)€ 24.474 billion
8.Sony Entertainment (Tokyo / JP )€ 22.917 billion
9.Apple Inc. (Cupertino / USA)€ 17.944 billion
10.Altice Group (Amsterdam / NL)€ 17.495 billion
11.Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Gütersloh/GER)€ 17.141 billion
12.Cox Enterprises Inc. (Atlanta /USA)€ 16.314 billion
13.Facebook, Inc. (Palo Alto/ USA)€ 16.159 billion
14.Liberty Media Corp./Liberty Interactive/Starz (Englewood, CO / USA)€ 14.857 billion
15.Tencent Holdings Ltd. (Shenzen/ China)€ 14.765 billion
16.Dish Network Corporation (Englewood, CO / USA)€ 13.582 billion
17.Thomson Reuters Corporation (New York / USA)€ 11.004 billion
18.Vivendi S.A. (Paris/ FRA)€ 10.762 billion
19.The Hearst Corporation (New York/ USA)€ 9.644 billion
20.Rogers Comm. (Toronto / CA)€ 9.263 billion
21.Baidu Inc. (Beijing / China)€ 9.237 billion
22.Microsoft Corporation (Redmond/ USA)€ 9.178 billion
23.Charter Comm. Inc. (St. Louis/ USA)€ 8.791 billion
24.RELX Group (London/ GB)€ 8.226 billion
25.Bloomberg L.P. (New York / USA)€ 8.112 billion
26.Essel Group (Mumbai/ IN)€ 7.514 billion
27.Lagardère Media (Paris/ FRA)€ 7.193 billion
28.BBC (London / UK)€ 6.620 billion
29.ARD (Berlin, München/GER)€ 6.485 billion
30.Pearson plc (London / UK)€ 6.156 billion
31.Netflix (Los Gatos/ USA)€ 6.111 billion
32.Advance Publications (New York / USA)€ 6.022 billion
33.Amazon.com Inc. (Seattle/ USA)€ 5.800 billion
34.Discovery Communications (Silver Spring/ USA)€ 5.763 billion
35.iHeart Media (San Antonio / USA)€ 5.626 billion
36.Nielsen Holdings plc (Haarlem/ NL)€ 5.563 billion
37.Shanghai Media Group (Shanghai / China)€ 5.463 billion
38.The Naspers Group (Cape Town / ZA)€ 5.335 billion
39.Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo/ Japan)€ 5.086 billion
40.Grupo Televisa (Mexico City / MX)€ 4.998 billion
41.S&P Global (New York/USA)€ 4.789 billion
42.Fuji Media Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo/ JP)€ 4.769 billion
43.Yahoo! Inc. (Sunnyvale/ USA)€ 4.478 billion
44.Globo Communicação e Participações S.A. (Rio de Janeiro/ BRA)€ 4.336 billion
45.Wolters Kluwer nv (Amsterdam / NL)€ 4.208 billion
46.Activision Blizzard Inc. (Santa Monica / USA)€ 4.204 billion
47.ITV plc (London / GB)€ 4.095 billion
48.Electronic Arts (Redwood City / USA)€ 3.962 billion
49.Verizon (AOL) (New York / USA)€ 3.930 billion
50.Nintendo Company Ltd. (Kyoto / Japan)€ 3.756 billion
51.Mediaset SpA (Milan / IT)€ 3.525 billion
52.Axel Springer SE (Berlin /GER)€ 3.295 billion
53.ProSiebenSat.1 SE (Unterföhring/ GER)€ 3.261 billion
54.Phoenix Publishing & Media Group (Nanjing / China)€ 3.089 billion
55.France Télévisions S.A. (Paris/ FRA)€ 3.021 billion
56.Nippon Television Holdings (Tokyo / Japan)€ 3.008 billion
57.IAC/InterActiveCorp. (New York/ USA)€ 2.912 billion
58.Time Inc. (New York / USA)€ 2.798 billion
59.Bonnier AB (Stockholm / SWE)€ 2.769 billion
60.TEGNA (McLean /USA)€ 2.750 billion
61.Quebecor Inc. (Montreal/ CA)€ 2.735 billion
62.Grupo Clarin (Buenos Aires /ARG)€ 2.724 billion
63.Scripps Networks Interactive (Knoxville / USA)€ 2.720 billion
64.Gannett Co. Inc. (McLean, Virginia / USA)€ 2.600 billion
65.Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo / Japan)€ 2.595 billion
66.Univision Communications (New York / USA)€ 2.576 billion
67.Daily Mail & General Trust plc (London / UK)€ 2.542 billion
68.RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana Holding S.p.A. (Rom / IT)€ 2.493 billion
69.Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. (Tokyo/ Japan)€ 2.390 billion
70.Graham Holdings Company (Washington D.C. / USA)€ 2.331 billion
71.Bauer Media Group (Hamburg / GER)€ 2.300 billion
72.Hubert Burda Media Holding Gmbh & Co. (Offenburg/ GER)€ 2.211 billion
73.China Central Television (Beijing /China)€ 2.138 billion
74.ZDF (Mainz/ GER)€ 2.114 billion
75.Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation (Santa Monica/ USA)€ 2.109 billion
76.Bell Media (Toronto /CAD)€ 2.096 billion
77.TF1 S.A. (Boulogne, Cedex / FRA)€ 2.004 billion
78.Twitter (San Francisco/ USA)€ 1.999 billion
79.Hunan Broadcasting System (Changsha / China)€ 1.979 billion
80.Spotify AB (Stockholm /SWE)€ 1.965 billion
81.tronc, Inc. (Chicago/ USA)€ 1.812 billion
82.Modern Times Group (Stockholm / SWE)€ 1.734 billion
83.Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH (Stuttgart/ GER)€ 1.727 billion
84.Sanoma Group (Helsinki / FI)€ 1.717 billion
85.Schibsted Media Group (Oslo / NOR)€ 1.689 billion
86.Grupo Planeta (Barcelona / ES)€ 1.600 billion
87.Egmont Group (Copenhagen / DEN)€ 1.576 billion
88.John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Hoboken/ USA)€ 1.557 billion
89.SRG SSR (Bern / CH)€ 1.546 billion
90.Asahi Shinbun Company (Tokyo / Japan)€ 1.536 billion
91.Tribune Media (Chicago / USA)€ 1.508 billion
92.Scholastic Corporation (New York / USA)€ 1.475 billion
93.NOS (Lissabon / Portugal)€ 1.444 billion
94.Meredith Corporation (Des Moines / USA)€ 1.437 billion
95.New York Times Company (New York / USA)€ 1.423 billion
96.Gazprom-Media (Moscow/ RUS)€ 1.413 billion
97.Grupo PRISA (Madrid / ES)€ 1.398 billion
98.China Publishing Group (Beijing / China)€ 1.394 billion
99.Ubisoft Entertainment (Montreuil sous Bois / Frankreich)€ 1.394 billion
100.De Persgroep (Asse /BEL)€ 1.291 billion

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