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)€ 81.965 billion
2.Comcast (Philadelphia / USA)€ 72.638 billion
3.The Walt Disney Company (Burbank / USA)€ 50.259 billion
4.AT&T Entertainment Group (DirecTV) (El Segundo/ USA)€ 32.939 billion
5.News Corp. Ltd. / 21st Century Fox (New York/ USA)€ 32.178 billion
6.Time Warner Inc. (New York / USA)€ 26.487 billion
7.Charter Comm. Inc. (St. Louis/ USA)€ 26.202 billion
8.Sony Entertainment (Tokyo / JP )€ 25.865 billion
9.Facebook, Inc. (Palo Alto/ USA)€ 24.969 billion
10.Altice Group (Amsterdam / NL)€ 23.522 billion
11.Viacom Inc./CBS Corp. (New York / USA)€ 23.176 billion
12.Apple Inc. (Cupertino / USA)€ 21.997 billion
13.Amazon.com Inc. (Seattle/ USA)€ 21.872 billion
14.Tencent Holdings Ltd. (Shenzen/ China)€ 20.666 billion
15.Cox Enterprises Inc. (Atlanta /USA)€ 18.159 billion
16.Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Gütersloh/GER)€ 16.950 billion
17.Sky plc (Isleworth /UK)€ 15.761 billion
18.Microsoft Corporation (Redmond/ USA)€ 15.265 billion
19.Liberty Media Corp./Liberty Interactive (Englewood, CO / USA)€ 14.385 billion
20.Dish Network Corporation (Englewood, CO / USA)€ 13.637 billion
21.Vivendi S.A. (Paris/ FRA)€ 10.819 billion
22.Thomson Reuters Corporation (New York / USA)€ 10.088 billion
23.The Hearst Corporation (New York/ USA)€ 9.757 billion
24.Baidu Inc. (Beijing / China)€ 9.596 billion
25.Rogers Comm. (Toronto / CA)€ 9.347 billion
26.Oath (New York / USA)€ 9.269 billion
27.RELX Group (London/ GB)€ 8.419 billion
28.Bloomberg L.P. (New York / USA)€ 8.312 billion
29.Netflix (Los Gatos/ USA)€ 7.978 billion
30.Lagardère Media (Paris/ FRA)€ 7.391 billion
31.ARD (Berlin, München/GER)€ 6.485 billion
32.Activision Blizzard Inc. (Santa Monica / USA)€ 5.969 billion
33.BBC (London / UK)€ 5.945 billion
34.Discovery Communications (Silver Spring/ USA)€ 5.870 billion
35.Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo/ Japan)€ 5.840 billion
36.Nielsen Holdings plc (Haarlem/ NL)€ 5.700 billion
37.iHeart Media (San Antonio / USA)€ 5.668 billion
38.Pearson plc (London / UK)€ 5.555 billion
39.The Naspers Group (Cape Town / ZA)€ 5.509 billion
40.Shanghai Media Group (Shanghai / China)€ 5.463 billion
41.Fuji Media Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo/ JP)€ 5.441 billion
42.S&P Global (New York/USA)€ 5.114 billion
43.Grupo Televisa (Mexico City / MX)€ 4.659 billion
44.Electronic Arts (Redwood City / USA)€ 4.377 billion
45.Wolters Kluwer nv (Amsterdam / NL)€ 4.297 billion
46.Nintendo Company Ltd. (Kyoto / Japan)€ 4.069 billion
47.Globo Communicação e Participações S.A. (Rio de Janeiro/ BRA)€ 3.976 billion
48.ProSiebenSat.1 SE (Unterföhring/ GER)€ 3.799 billion
49.ITV plc (London / GB)€ 3.739 billion
50.Mediaset SpA (Milan / IT)€ 3.667 billion
51.Nippon Television Holdings (Tokyo / Japan)€ 3.467 billion
52.Axel Springer SE (Berlin /GER)€ 3.290 billion
53.Phoenix Publishing & Media Group (Nanjing / China)€ 3.089 billion
54.France Télévisions S.A. (Paris/ FRA)€ 3.054 billion
55.TEGNA (McLean /USA)€ 3.018 billion
56.Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo / Japan)€ 2.956 billion
57.Spotify AB (Stockholm /SWE)€ 2.900 billion
58.IAC/InterActiveCorp. (New York/ USA)€ 2.837 billion
59.RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana Holding S.p.A. (Rom / IT)€ 2.806 billion
60.Time Inc. (New York / USA)€ 2.779 billion
61.Gannett Co. Inc. (McLean, Virginia / USA)€ 2.753 billion
62.Univision Communications (New York / USA)€ 2.748 billion
63.Quebecor Inc. (Montreal/ CA)€ 2.742 billion
64.Bonnier AB (Stockholm / SWE)€ 2.692 billion
65.Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. (Tokyo/ Japan)€ 2.670 billion
66.Scripps Networks Interactive (Knoxville / USA)€ 2.594 billion
67.China South Publishing (Hunan / China)€ 2.534 billion
68.AMC Networks (New York / USA)€ 2.490 billion
69.Sinclair Broadcast Group (Hunt Valley / USA)€ 2.472 billion
70.Daily Mail & General Trust plc (London / UK)€ 2.339 billion
71.Bauer Media Group (Hamburg / GER)€ 2.300 billion
72.Twitter (San Francisco/ USA)€ 2.286 billion
73.Hubert Burda Media Holding Gmbh & Co. (Offenburg/ GER)€ 2.256 billion
74.Graham Holdings Company (Washington D.C. / USA)€ 2.242 billion
75.ZDF (Mainz/ GER)€ 2.210 billion
76.Advance Publications (New York / USA)€ 2.168 billion
77.China Central Television (Beijing /China)€ 2.138 billion
78.Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation (Santa Monica/ USA)€ 2.109 billion
79.Bell Media (Toronto /CAD)€ 2.102 billion
80.TF1 S.A. (Boulogne, Cedex / FRA)€ 2.063 billion
81.Alibaba Group (Hangzhou / China)€ 2.004 billion
82.Hunan Broadcasting System (Changsha / China)€ 1.979 billion
83.Modern Times Group (Stockholm / SWE)€ 1.795 billion
84.Tribune Media (Chicago / USA)€ 1.760 billion
85.Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH (Stuttgart/ GER)€ 1.727 billion
86.Schibsted Media Group (Oslo / NOR)€ 1.706 billion
87.Sanoma Group (Helsinki / FI)€ 1.639 billion
88.Grupo Planeta (Barcelona / ES)€ 1.630 billion
89.Take-Two Interactive, Inc. (New York/ USA)€ 1.608 billion
90.Sega Sammy Holdings (Tokyo / Japan)€ 1.594 billion
91.Egmont Group (Copenhagen / DEN)€ 1.559 billion
92.John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Hoboken/ USA)€ 1.553 billion
93.Asahi Shinbun Company (Tokyo / Japan)€ 1.536 billion
94.NOS (Lissabon / Portugal)€ 1.515 billion
95.Scholastic Corporation (New York / USA)€ 1.511 billion
96.Essel Group (Mumbai/ IN)€ 1.501 billion
97.Meredith Corporation (Des Moines / USA)€ 1.491 billion
98.SRG SSR (Bern / CH)€ 1.474 billion
99.tronc, Inc. (Chicago/ USA)€ 1.451 billion
100.De Persgroep (Asse /BEL)€ 1.418 billion

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