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Bob Iger’s Christmas Carol & The Ghosts Of Past, Present, & Future - deadline.com
deadline.com
23.12.2022 / 18:43

Bob Iger’s Christmas Carol & The Ghosts Of Past, Present, & Future

In about 698 days, the Walt Disney Company is supposed to have its fourth CEO in three years.

Brad Pitt Selling Majority Stake In Plan B To France’s Mediawan - deadline.com - Britain - France - county Will - city Redbird
deadline.com
09.12.2022 / 21:49

Brad Pitt Selling Majority Stake In Plan B To France’s Mediawan

Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment is selling a majority stake to Paris-based Mediawan, Deadline has confirmed, following news several months ago that the company was seeking a buyer.

‘Fauda’ Creators Lior Raz & Avi Issacharoff On Upcoming Netflix, Showtime Projects; Developing International Content & Working With India – IFFI Goa - deadline.com - Britain - Los Angeles - India - Israel - city Tel Aviv - city Delhi - Netflix
deadline.com
28.11.2022 / 17:43

‘Fauda’ Creators Lior Raz & Avi Issacharoff On Upcoming Netflix, Showtime Projects; Developing International Content & Working With India – IFFI Goa

Fauda creators Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff are attending the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa for the world premiere of the fourth season of the show. Since the first season started streaming on Netflix, the Israeli political thriller has built up a huge following in India, and also has a Hindi-language remake, produced by Applause Entertainment for local streamer SonyLiv. 

Will Smith’s German Film & TV Firm Telepool Teams With ‘Red Sonja’ Outfit Millennium To Develop Movie Slate — AFM - deadline.com - Germany - Nigeria
deadline.com
01.11.2022 / 18:35

Will Smith’s German Film & TV Firm Telepool Teams With ‘Red Sonja’ Outfit Millennium To Develop Movie Slate — AFM

EXCLUSIVE: The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Has Fallen outfit Millennium Media is partnering with Will Smith’s German film and TV distributor, Telepool, to co-develop three English-language features over the next three years. Millennium Media is set to produce with Telepool serving as executive producer.

Hello Sunshine Bolsters Senior Biz Ranks With Former Netflix, AGC Studios Execs - deadline.com - Britain - New York - USA - Netflix
deadline.com
04.10.2022 / 19:25

Hello Sunshine Bolsters Senior Biz Ranks With Former Netflix, AGC Studios Execs

Hello Sunshine has added two senior executives. Stefanie Markman is joining the Candle Media company as General Counsel and EVP, Business and Legal Affairs, and Wifreddy Chiang as EVP, Finance and Accounting.

Kevin Mayer Breaks Down Candle Media Investment Strategy: Targeting Content Firms With Well-Defined Audiences and Commerce Potential - variety.com - Singapore - Netflix
variety.com
28.09.2022 / 06:55

Kevin Mayer Breaks Down Candle Media Investment Strategy: Targeting Content Firms With Well-Defined Audiences and Commerce Potential

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief Kevin Mayer says that the investment strategy at Candle Media, the hard-charging entertainment startup that he heads with Tom Staggs, is product of his career time at Disney and TikTok. While those two companies are behemoths and Candle Media a newcomer, the claim is not as outlandish as it seems. At Disney, Mayer was largely responsible the launch of the direct-to-consumer streaming businesses that became Disney+. And as Disney, Pixar and other group content was made exclusive and contained within a walled garden, it stoked demand for premium independently-made content. Candle Media sets its sights on becoming just such a supplier.

Candle Media-Backed Exile Content Studio Promotes Nando Vila To Head Of Studio - deadline.com - Spain - Indiana
deadline.com
09.08.2022 / 17:03

Candle Media-Backed Exile Content Studio Promotes Nando Vila To Head Of Studio

EXCLUSIVE: Candle Media-backed Spanish-language powerhouse Exile Content Studio has promoted Nando Vila to succeed Daniel Eilemberg as Head of Studio.

Candle Media & ‘Fauda’ Creators’ Faraway Road Productions Appoints Former Armoza & Keshet Execs To Key Roles - deadline.com - Los Angeles - Israel - city Tel Aviv - Netflix
deadline.com
28.07.2022 / 18:07

Candle Media & ‘Fauda’ Creators’ Faraway Road Productions Appoints Former Armoza & Keshet Execs To Key Roles

EXCLUSIVE: Faraway Road Productions, the production label founded by Fauda creators Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff and which was acquired this year by Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media, has hired Salome Peillon and Adi Ezroni, as Chief Operating Officer and EVP of Content, respectively.  

Candle Media’s Exile Content Studio Snags Majority Share in Lil’ Heroes NFT Franchise (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Spain
variety.com
27.07.2022 / 16:33

Candle Media’s Exile Content Studio Snags Majority Share in Lil’ Heroes NFT Franchise (EXCLUSIVE)

Anna Marie de la Fuente Latin-focused content powerhouse Exile Content Studio has snagged a majority stake in the Lil’ Heroes NFT Franchise which will soon spawn a toon series with NBA star Carmelo Anthony.He will voice and exec produce the show through his company, Creative7 Productions.The news comes in the wake of Exile’s acquisition in late May by Candle Media, the next generation media company founded by Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs. Said Mayer and Staggs, who serve as co-CEOs: “We are excited to expand Exile’s partnership with Lil’ Heroes, a dynamic new franchise with a deeply engaged community, and a great example of how digitally-native IP can engage audiences through various platforms, products and experiences.” Created by Spanish contemporary artist Edgar Plans, Lil’ Heroes was launched through an NFT collaboration with Exile and NFT studio, Curatible.

David Levine Exiting Candle Media’s Moonbug Entertainment After Spell As Head Of Studio At ‘CoComelon’ Company - deadline.com - Netflix
deadline.com
30.05.2022 / 17:45

David Levine Exiting Candle Media’s Moonbug Entertainment After Spell As Head Of Studio At ‘CoComelon’ Company

EXCLUSIVE: Former Disney exec David Levine is exiting kids entertainment powerhouse Moonbug Entertainment, Deadline has learned. The well-liked exec has been Head of Studios since December 2020.

Candle Media’s Kevin Mayer And Tom Staggs Believe “Killer Content” Will Sustain Streaming Business — Deadline Disruptors - deadline.com - Netflix
deadline.com
24.05.2022 / 22:03

Candle Media’s Kevin Mayer And Tom Staggs Believe “Killer Content” Will Sustain Streaming Business — Deadline Disruptors

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs have been around the media business long enough to resist the temptation to overreact to Netflix’s latest travails. Even though their emerging investment firm, Candle Media, owns two key Netflix suppliers—CoComelon production company Moonbug Entertainment and Fauda producer Faraway Road—they don’t seem too concerned that Netflix may topple from its perch. (And at press time, the previously unthinkable scenario has become a lot more, well, thinkable.)

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media Buys Spanish-Language Company Exile Content Studio - thewrap.com - Colombia
thewrap.com
24.05.2022 / 20:13

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media Buys Spanish-Language Company Exile Content Studio

“The Coup” in partnership with AP productions. Exile also holds the IP for the character Manolito Gafotas, whose books have been translated into more than 20 languages in 22 countries.

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media Acquires Spanish-Language Producer Exile Content Studio - variety.com - Los Angeles - Miami - Madrid - city Mexico City
variety.com
24.05.2022 / 16:31

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media Acquires Spanish-Language Producer Exile Content Studio

Jennifer Maas TV Business WriterKevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media has acquired Spanish-language producer Exile Content Studio.Per Candle Media, “Exile’s mission is to create content featuring the experiences and voices of diverse Spanish-speaking communities from around the world.”The company was founded in 2019 by Isaac Lee, formerly the chief content officer for Univision and Televisa. The production company specializes in feature films, scripted and unscripted television, music and audio storytelling and commerce activities for digital media.Exile, which is has its headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in Mexico City, Madrid, and Miami, will continue to be overseen by Lee and Exile’s senior management team for day-to-day operations.

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media Acquires Spanish-Language Firm Exile Content Studio - deadline.com - Spain - Miami - Madrid - Indiana - city Mexico City - county Will
deadline.com
24.05.2022 / 15:55

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media Acquires Spanish-Language Firm Exile Content Studio

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media has acquired its latest company, Spanish-language content powerhouse Exile Content Studio.

Candle Media Taps Courtney Cappa, Kendall Ostrow As SVPs Of Finance, Development - deadline.com - New York
deadline.com
20.05.2022 / 20:37

Candle Media Taps Courtney Cappa, Kendall Ostrow As SVPs Of Finance, Development

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media has hired seasoned executives Courtney Cappa and Kendall Ostrow as, respectively, SVP, Finance & Accounting, and SVP, Business Development & Community.

Disney Orders Kids’ Show ‘Morphle’ From Moonbug Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - China
variety.com
18.05.2022 / 16:23

Disney Orders Kids’ Show ‘Morphle’ From Moonbug Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE)

Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorA bright-red, child-size magical morphing creature is heading to Disney platforms.Disney Branded Television inked a deal with Moonbug Entertainment for 52 episodes of 7-minute CG series, “Morphle,” based on the YouTube short-form hit My Magic Pet Morphle. It’s the first partnership between Disney and Moonbug, whose properties include the CoComelon kids’ content juggernaut.The comedy adventure series is slated to debut in 2024 exclusively on Disney+ and Disney Junior globally, excluding China.

Candle Media Acquires Gen Z Social Video Company ATTN - deadline.com
deadline.com
17.05.2022 / 17:43

Candle Media Acquires Gen Z Social Video Company ATTN

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media have struck again, announcing the purchase ATTN, a social media storytelling company for Gen Z and Millennials. Candle said today it will help provide scale, capital and expertise to accelerate ATTN’s growth as it continues “to create original content for Gen Z and Millennials across social media, network television and streaming services, in addition to growing their publishing, brand studio, creative strategy and agency services. That includes a TikTok Studio that supports brands and influencers.

ATTN: Acquired by Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media for $100 Million - variety.com
variety.com
17.05.2022 / 17:17

ATTN: Acquired by Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Candle Media for $100 Million

Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorCandle Media, the next-gen media roll-up play run by ex-Disney execs Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, announced the acquisition of ATTN:, a media company that produces short-form news content for Gen Z and millennial audiences.Financial terms weren’t disclosed. According to a source familiar with the pact, Candle Media is paying about $100 million for ATTN: in cash and stock; the deal could be worth up to $150 million with additional earn-out provisions.

When Worlds Collide: Moelis & Co.’s Carlos Jimenez on the Emerging Metaverse Economy - variety.com
variety.com
21.04.2022 / 16:05

When Worlds Collide: Moelis & Co.’s Carlos Jimenez on the Emerging Metaverse Economy

Cynthia Littleton Business EditorInvestors are going all-in on the metaverse.That’s the prediction of Carlos Jimenez, managing director of Moelis & Co., who details his view that the entertainment business is in the midst of a massive transformation into a marketplace where entertainment, media, gaming, sports and other activities merge and often take place.“All of these worlds are colliding — it’s the future,” Jimenez, a veteran dealmaker, says on the latest episode of Variety podcast “Strictly Business.”  “You’re going to have all these Gen Zers, or whatever the next generation is called, playing an E-sports tournament in the metaverse while listening to a concert inside of it. I think that’s where we’re going to end up.” It may sound futuristic but investment dollars are flowing in, Jimenez said.

Candle Media’s Kevin Mayer and Medialink’s Michael Kassan Talk ‘Social Commerce’ and Media Trends at SXSW - variety.com - Hollywood - Texas - Austin, state Texas
variety.com
24.03.2022 / 02:39

Candle Media’s Kevin Mayer and Medialink’s Michael Kassan Talk ‘Social Commerce’ and Media Trends at SXSW

Wilson Chapman editorCandle Media co-CEOs Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs have been making waves in Hollywood for the past year as they hunt for content assets to acquire with the help of a bankroll from private executive giant Blackstone.The pair has mostly kept quiet about the venture, but Mayer sat down this month at the SXSW conference and festival in Austin, Texas, for a keynote session that featured his most expansive remarks to date on the new-model studio that he and Staggs are trying to build.In the conversation with MediaLink CEO Michael Kassan that was moderated by Variety co-editor-in-chief Cynthia Littleton, Mayer answered a number of key questions about how Candle Media intends to function — for one, it’s not a holding company nor an operating entity — and he detailed the vision for “social commerce” activity tied to such 360-media stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. “We do have a vision for a modern creator economy business,” Mayer said.

As WarnerMedia-Discovery Deal Nears Close, David Zaslav Shapes Up Executive Team With Eye On $3B Cost Savings Target - deadline.com
deadline.com
11.03.2022 / 04:11

As WarnerMedia-Discovery Deal Nears Close, David Zaslav Shapes Up Executive Team With Eye On $3B Cost Savings Target

Discovery shareholders are set to OK the $43 billion merger with WarnerMedia on Friday, the last big step before AT&T completes the spinoff. Ahead of the deal’s expected close next month, a who’s-in/who’s-out parlor game is gaining intensity as CEO David Zaslav finalizes the leadership team.

Hello Sunshine Acquires The Home Edit, Will Expand Lifestyle Brand Behind Netflix Series ‘Get Organized’ - deadline.com - Nashville - Detroit - city Salt Lake City - Lake - city San Francisco
deadline.com
23.02.2022 / 22:11

Hello Sunshine Acquires The Home Edit, Will Expand Lifestyle Brand Behind Netflix Series ‘Get Organized’

Hello Sunshine has acquired The Home Edit and aims to help accelerate the household organizing outfit’s move into a lifestyle brand. Its founders Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are stars of the Emmy-nominated Netflix series , produced by Hello Sunshine, that will debut its second season this year.

Moonbug, Owner of CoComelon, Buys YouTube Kids’ Network Little Angel - variety.com
variety.com
09.02.2022 / 18:37

Moonbug, Owner of CoComelon, Buys YouTube Kids’ Network Little Angel

Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorMoonbug Entertainment is expanding its kid-vid footprint by snapping up Little Angel, a big producer of YouTube videos and songs for preschoolers.Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The acquisition is Moonbug’s first since it was bought in a $3 billion deal by Candle Media, the next-generation media roll-up venture headed by former Disney execs Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs and backed by private-equity firm Blackstone.

DAZN Chief Kevin Mayer, Moonbug CEO Rene Rechtman to Deliver MipTV Keynote - variety.com - France - county Will - Israel
variety.com
01.02.2022 / 18:15

DAZN Chief Kevin Mayer, Moonbug CEO Rene Rechtman to Deliver MipTV Keynote

Naman Ramachandran DAZN chair Kevin Mayer and Rene Rechtman, co-founder and CEO of Moonbug Entertainment, will deliver a joint keynote at this year’s in-person MipTV (Apr. 4-6). Mayer also serves as co-chair and co-CEO of Candle Media, which purchased Moonbug, the company behind the wildly popular children’s show “CoComelon” in Nov.

Surprise! ‘Criminal Minds’ Was 2021’s Most-Streamed TV Show in the U.S. - variety.com - USA
variety.com
21.01.2022 / 19:56

Surprise! ‘Criminal Minds’ Was 2021’s Most-Streamed TV Show in the U.S.

Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorNetflix has pumped billions of dollars into original programming — but overall, its library of older licensed TV shows far outperforms homegrown hits like “Squid Game” or “Bridgerton.”In 2021 on Netflix, “Criminal Minds,” the crime-drama procedural that aired on CBS from 2005-20, scored as the most-viewed TV show among U.S. streaming platforms tracked by Nielsen.The 12 seasons of “Criminal Minds” available on Netflix registered an estimated 33.9 billion minutes watched last year by American viewers, per Nielsen.

Spotify, CoComelon Ink Exclusive Deal for New Kids’ Story-Time Podcast - variety.com - Britain - Spain - Brazil - USA - Germany - Portugal
variety.com
18.01.2022 / 19:52

Spotify, CoComelon Ink Exclusive Deal for New Kids’ Story-Time Podcast

Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorSpotify is boosting its audio lineup for kids and families, including a new story-time show under an exclusive multiyear agreement with CoComelon, the YouTube children’s content powerhouse.The new “CoComelon Story Time” podcast — CoComelon’s first spoken-word original programming — will premiere Jan. 24 exclusively on Spotify.

Kevin Mayer, Tom Staggs’ Candle Media Acquires ‘Fauda’ Creator Faraway Road Productions - deadline.com - county Will - Israel
deadline.com
11.01.2022 / 19:07

Kevin Mayer, Tom Staggs’ Candle Media Acquires ‘Fauda’ Creator Faraway Road Productions

UPDATED with official announcement: Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Blackstone-backed Candle Media has formally clinched its latest deal — for Faraway Road Productions, the company behind Fauda and Hit & Run. 

Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith’s Westbrook Inc. Gets Minority Investment From Blackstone-Backed Firm Led By Kevin Mayer And Tom Staggs - deadline.com - county Will
deadline.com
05.01.2022 / 00:21

Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith’s Westbrook Inc. Gets Minority Investment From Blackstone-Backed Firm Led By Kevin Mayer And Tom Staggs

An investment firm backed by Blackstone and run by onetime Disney colleagues Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs has taken a minority stake in Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc.

Media M&A Should Be Fun In 2022 After Banner Year Driven By Content Boom And AT&T Reversing Course - deadline.com
deadline.com
29.12.2021 / 23:55

Media M&A Should Be Fun In 2022 After Banner Year Driven By Content Boom And AT&T Reversing Course

A surge in demand for content, big companies shedding non-core assets and consolidation in digital media led to a massive rebound in entertainment M&A in 2021, ushered in by two landmark combinations in April and ending with an drumbeat of deals in December.

Tom Staggs-Kevin Mayer’s Media Venture Buys Faraway Road, Producers of ‘Fauda’ and ‘Hit & Run’ - variety.com - Israel - city Tel Aviv, Israel
variety.com
23.12.2021 / 18:43

Tom Staggs-Kevin Mayer’s Media Venture Buys Faraway Road, Producers of ‘Fauda’ and ‘Hit & Run’

Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorThe roll-up media venture led by ex-Disney execs Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer has set its next acquisition: Faraway Road Productions, the Israeli entertainment company behind Netflix series “Fauda” and “Hit & Run,” Variety has confirmed.The deal for Tel Aviv, Israel-based Faraway — founded by and headed by Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz (pictured above) — is the third for the still-unnamed company formed by Stagg and Mayer with the backing of private-equity company

Kevin Mayer, Tom Staggs’ Blackstone-Backed Media Company To Buy ‘Fauda’ Creator Faraway Road Productions - deadline.com
deadline.com
23.12.2021 / 05:15

Kevin Mayer, Tom Staggs’ Blackstone-Backed Media Company To Buy ‘Fauda’ Creator Faraway Road Productions

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Blackstone-backed media venture has set its next acquisition, of Faraway Road Productions, the company behind Fauda and Hit & Run, Deadline has confirmed.

Inside the $3 Billion Deal for Kids’ Content Player Moonbug, Owner of CoComelon - variety.com
variety.com
03.12.2021 / 21:03

Inside the $3 Billion Deal for Kids’ Content Player Moonbug, Owner of CoComelon

Todd Spangler NY Digital EditorRené Rechtman, CEO and co-founder of Moonbug Entertainment, was gearing up to launch an IPO for his 3-year-old digital kids’ content company.But earlier this year, two of his former Disney colleagues — Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer — came calling with an offer he couldn’t refuse.

‘CoComelon’ Creator Moonbug Sold to Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Media Company for $3 Billion - thewrap.com
thewrap.com
05.11.2021 / 02:01

‘CoComelon’ Creator Moonbug Sold to Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Media Company for $3 Billion

Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs’ Blackstone-backed company has bought Moonbug Entertainment, producer of he popular Netflix children’s program “CoComelon,” it was announced Thursday.

Kevin Mayer & Tom Staggs’ Blackstone-Backed Firm Acquires ‘CoComelon’ Production Company Moonbug For $3B - deadline.com
deadline.com
05.11.2021 / 01:53

Kevin Mayer & Tom Staggs’ Blackstone-Backed Firm Acquires ‘CoComelon’ Production Company Moonbug For $3B

The media venture run by Disney alums Kevin Mayer and Tom Stags and backed by private equity firm Blackstone has acquired Moonbug Entertainment, maker of popular kids shows like CoComelon.

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