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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.AT&T Inc. (Dallas/US)€ 144.590 billion
2.Alphabet Inc. (Mountain View/US)€ 115.850 billion
3.Comcast Corporation (Philadelphia/US)€ 80.020 billion
4.The Walt Disney Company (Burbank/US)€ 50.330 billion
5.Facebook, Inc. (Palo Alto/US)€ 47.280 billion
6.Tencent Holdings Ltd. (Shenzen/CN)€ 40.050 billion
7.Charter Comm. Inc. (St. Louis/US)€ 36.930 billion
8.News Corp. Ltd./21st Century Fox (New York/US)€ 33.380 billion
9.Apple Inc. (Cupertino/US)€ 31.490 billion
10.Sony Entertainment (Tokyo/JP)€ 31.480 billion
11.Viacom Inc./CBS Corp. (New York/US)€ 23.250 billion
12.Altice Europe N.V./Altice USA, Inc. (Amsterdam/NL)€ 22.190 billion
13.Amazon.com Inc. (Seattle/US)€ 20.560 billion
14.Liberty/Qurate Retail, Inc. (Englewood, CO/US)€ 18.710 billion
15.Cox Communications, Inc. (Atlanta/US)€ 17.780 billion
16.Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Gütersloh/DE)€ 17.670 billion
17.Microsoft Corporation (Redmond/US)€ 14.700 billion
18.Vivendi S.A. (Paris/FR)€ 13.930 billion
19.Netflix (Los Gatos/US)€ 13.370 billion
20.Baidu Inc. (Beijing/CN)€ 12.600 billion
21.Dish Network Corporation (Englewood, CO/US)€ 11.530 billion
22.Rogers Comm. (Toronto/CA)€ 9.870 billion
23.The Hearst Corporation (New York/US)€ 9.650 billion
24.Discovery Inc. (Silver Spring/US)€ 8.940 billion
25.Bloomberg L.P. (New York/US)€ 8.467 billion
26.RELX Group (London/GB)€ 8.466 billion
27.Nintendo Company Ltd. (Kyoto/JP)€ 8.430 billion
28.NetEase (Beijing/CN)€ 8.270 billion
29.beIN Media Group (Doha/QA)€ 7.280 billion
30.Lagardère Media (Paris/FR)€ 7.258 billion
31.ARD (Berlin, München/DE)€ 6.609 billion
32.Verizon Media (New York/US)€ 6.520 billion
33.Activision Blizzard Inc. (Santa Monica/US)€ 6.350 billion
34.BBC (London/UK)€ 5.700 billion
35.The Naspers Group (Cape Town/ZA)€ 5.640 billion
36.Nielsen Holdings plc (Haarlem/NL)€ 5.520 billion
37.Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo/JP)€ 5.500 billion
38.Shanghai Media Group (Shanghai/CN)€ 5.460 billion
39.iHeart Media (San Antonio/US)€ 5.360 billion
40.S&P Global (New York/USA)€ 5.300 billion
41.Spotify AB (Stockholm/SE)€ 5.260 billion
42.Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. (Tokyo/JP)€ 5.200 billion
43.Fuji Media Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo/JP)€ 4.960 billion
44.Pearson plc (London/UK)€ 4.670 billion
45.Thomson Reuters Corporation (New York/US)€ 4.660 billion
46.Grupo Televisa (Mexico City/MX)€ 4.460 billion
47.Electronic Arts (Redwood City/US)€ 4.360 billion
48.Wolters Kluwer nv (Amsterdam/NL)€ 4.260 billion
49.ProSiebenSat.1 SE (Unterföhring/DE)€ 4.010 billion
50.ITV plc (London/UK)€ 3.630 billion

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