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)€ 142.110 billion
2.Alphabet Inc. (Mountain View/US)€ 98.130 billion
3.Comcast (Philadelphia/US)€ 75.270 billion
4.The Walt Disney Company (Burbank/US)€ 48.810 billion
5.Charter Comm. Inc. (St. Louis/US)€ 36.820 billion
6.Facebook, Inc. (Palo Alto/US)€ 35.980 billion
7.Sony Entertainment (Tokyo/JP)€ 32.850 billion
8.News Corp. Ltd./21st Century Fox (New York/US)€ 32.430 billion
9.Tencent Holdings Ltd. (Shenzen/CN)€ 30.480 billion
10.Amazon.com Inc. (Seattle/US)€ 27.730 billion
11.Apple Inc. (Cupertino/US)€ 26.530 billion
12.Viacom Inc./CBS Corp. (New York/US)€ 23.860 billion
13.Altice Group (Amsterdam/NL)€ 23.500 billion
14.Cox Enterprises Inc. (Atlanta/US)€ 17.790 billion
15.Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Gütersloh/DE)€ 17.190 billion
16.Sky plc (Isleworth/UK)€ 14.510 billion
17.Liberty Media Corp./Liberty Interactive (Englewood, CO/US)€ 14.490 billion
18.Dish Network Corporation (Englewood, CO/US)€ 12.740 billion
19.Microsoft Corporation (Redmond/US)€ 12.700 billion
20.Vivendi S.A. (Paris/FR)€ 12.440 billion
21.Baidu Inc. (Beijing/CN)€ 11.120 billion
22.Netflix (Los Gatos/US)€ 10.350 billion
23.Thomson Reuters Corporation (New York/US)€ 10.020 billion
24.Rogers Comm. (Toronto/CA)€ 9.660 billion
25.The Hearst Corporation (New York/US)€ 9.560 billion
26.RELX Group (London/GB)€ 8.390 billion
27.Bloomberg L.P. (New York/US)€ 8.310 billion
28.Lagardère Media (Paris/FR)€ 7.070 billion
29.ARD (Berlin, München/DE)€ 6.495 billion
30.Activision Blizzard Inc. (Santa Monica/US)€ 6.210 billion
31.Discovery Communications (Silver Spring/US)€ 6.080 billion
32.Nielsen Holdings plc (Haarlem/NL)€ 5.820 billion
33.BBC (London/UK)€ 5.650 billion
34.Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo/JP)€ 5.540 billion
35.iHeart Media (San Antonio/US)€ 5.460 billion
36.Shanghai Media Group (Shanghai/CN)€ 5.460 billion
37.The Naspers Group (Cape Town/ZA)€ 5.398 billion
38.S&P Global (New York/USA)€ 5.360 billion
39.Oath (New York/US)€ 5.310 billion
40.De Agostini Group (Novara/IT)€ 5.190 billion
41.Pearson plc (London/UK)€ 5.150 billion
42.Fuji Media Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo/JP)€ 4.800 billion
43.Grupo Televisa (Mexico City/MX)€ 4.540 billion
44.Electronic Arts (Redwood City/US)€ 4.510 billion
45.Wolters Kluwer nv (Amsterdam/NL)€ 4.420 billion
46.ITV plc (London/UK)€ 4.150 billion
47.Nintendo Company Ltd. (Kyoto/JP)€ 4.100 billion
48.Spotify AB (Stockholm/SE)€ 4.090 billion
49.ProSiebenSat.1 SE (Unterföhring/DE)€ 4.080 billion
50.Globo Communicação e Participações S.A. (Rio de Janeiro/BR)€ 3.890 billion

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