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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)€ 161.860 billion
2.Alphabet Inc. (Mountain View/US)€ 144.850 billion
3.Comcast Corporation (Philadelphia/US)€ 97.310 billion
4.Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park/US)€ 63.150 billion
5.The Walt Disney Company (Burbank/US)€ 62.140 billion
6.Tencent Holdings Ltd. (Shenzen/CN)€ 48.780 billion
7.Apple Inc. (Cupertino/US)€ 41.360 billion
8.Charter Communications Inc. (Stamford/US)€ 40.870 billion
9.Sony Corporation (Tokyo/JP)€ 31.470 billion
10.Amazon.com, Inc. (Seattle/US)€ 29.740 billion
11.Shanghai Media Group (Shanghai/CN)€ 28.350 billion
12.Viacom Inc./CBS Corp. (New York/US)€ 24.840 billion
13.Altice Europe N.V./Altice USA, Inc. (Amsterdam/NL)€ 23.520 billion
14.Liberty/Qurate Retail, Inc. (Englewood/US)€ 21.210 billion
15.News Corp. Ltd./21st Century Fox (New York/US)€ 19.170 billion
16.Netflix (Los Gatos/US)€ 18.000 billion
17.Verizon (New York/US)€ 17.550 billion
18.Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Gütersloh/DE)€ 17.290 billion
19.Microsoft Corporation (Redmond/US)€ 16.980 billion
20.Vivendi S.A. (Paris/FR)€ 15.900 billion
21.Bytedance (Peking/CN)€ 15.120 billion
22.Dish Network Corporation (Englewood, CO/US)€ 11.440 billion
23.Cox Communications, Inc. (Atlanta/US)€ 10.720 billion
24.Hearst Communications, Inc. (New York/US)€ 10.180 billion
25.Rogers Communications, Inc. (Toronto/CA)€ 10.120 billion
26.Baidu Inc. (Beijing/CN)€ 10.020 billion
27.Discovery Inc. (Silver Spring/US)€ 9.950 billion
28.Nintendo Company Ltd. (Kyoto/JP)€ 9.750 billion
29.Bloomberg L.P. (New York/US)€ 9.380 billion
30.RELX Group (London/GB)€ 8.970 billion
31.beIN Media Group (Doha/QA)€ 7.680 billion
32.NetEase (Beijing/CN)€ 7.600 billion
33.Lagardère Media (Paris/FR)€ 7.210 billion
34.ARD (München, Berlin/DE)€ 6.978 billion
35.Spotify AB (Stockholm/SE)€ 6.764 billion
36.Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings / Nippon Television Holdings, Inc. (Tokyo/JP)€ 6.226 billion
37.Fujisankei Communications Group / Fuji Media Holdings, Inc. / Sankei Shimbun (Tokyo/JP)€ 6.090 billion
38.Bandai Namco Holdings Inc. (Tokyo/JP)€ 6.000 billion
39.S&P Global (New York/USA)€ 5.980 billion
40.Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Tokyo/JP)€ 5.940 billion
41.Asahi Shimbun / TV Asahi (Tokyo/JP)€ 5.834 billion
42.Nielsen Holdings plc (New York/USA)€ 5.800 billion
43.Activision Blizzard Inc. (Santa Monica/US)€ 5.796 billion
44.BBC (London/GB)€ 5.570 billion
45.Thomson Reuters Corporation (New York/US)€ 5.280 billion
46.Access Industries (New York/US)€ 4.890 billion
47.Grupo Televisa (Mexico City/MX)€ 4.720 billion
48.Wolters Kluwer nv (Alphen aan den Rijn/NL)€ 4.612 billion
49.Electronic Arts Inc. (Redwood City/US)€ 4.420 billion
50.Pearson plc (London/UK)€ 4.410 billion

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