Oct 31, 2017

Media deals reach two-year high in Q3

Data: PwC; Chart: Chris Canipe / Axios

Media and telecom deals continue to increase under the Trump administration, with PwC's latest report showing that deal volumes reached their highest point in the past two years — 238 deals total in Q3 2017.

  • Seven $1 billion+ deals were announced last quarter, led by Discovery Communications Inc's announced acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive Inc for $11.8 billion.
  • Advertising & Marketing, as well as the Broadcasting and Telecommunications sub-sectors, reached two year highs in Q3.

What's next: Per Variety, Time Warner says it still expects the sale to AT&T to close by the end of 2017.

Zuck in luck: Dispelling rumors that CNN chief Jeff Zucker would be shown the door post-merger, John Stankey, the AT&T veteran who will oversee Time Warner's media businesses if the deal goes through, told Vanity Fair's Joe Pompeo via a statement that "Jeff Zucker is doing a terrific job."

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