buyer: Apprise Media | seller: Beckett, Canon, CFW Enterprises, Y-Visionary | price (combined): $270 million est.| date: January (Beckett), April (Canon), August (CFW), September (Y-Visionary)
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buyer: Meredith Corp. and Joe Mansueto | seller: Gruner + Jahr USA | price: $350 million for Meredith; $35 million est. for Mansueto | date: May/June
buyer: PlanetOut | seller: LPI Media | price: $31 million| date: November takeaway: An online media company looks to print to double its revenue and set the stage for future growth.
buyer: Questex Media, Audax Group | seller: Advanstar Communications | price: $185 million | date: April takeaway: The Questex spin-off gives neglected properties a chance to shine, if its new owners are willing to commit to developing them.
buyer: Wasserstein & Co. | seller: Primedia Business, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts | price: $385 million | date: August takeaway: Primedia's sale of its business division left the shrinking company with only its top breadwinners;enthusiast and consumer guides. Freshly renamed Prism Business Media gives Wasserstein, now a major publishing player, an instant platform for bolt-on deals.
The Movers and Shakers Even for those who perennially claim the upcoming year will be "the best yet for media M&As," 2005 was a pleasant surprise. The Jordan, Edmiston Group tallied 33 consumer-magazine deals, worth $2.47 billion, in 2005, while b-to-b magazine deals numbered 43, worth $2.4 billion. Apprise Media's Charles McCurdy and Michael Behringer were among the busiest.
Computer-integrated manufacturing, computer-to-plate technology, variable data printing, dynamic communication and distributionﾅthis is not your father's print shop.
“What do you have that I can’t go after easily?” That’s the question Dan Bigman, Forbes.com managing editor, has been challenging b-to-b editors and publishers with recently. In January, he sounded some alarms at an editorial reception hosted by American Business Media, saying that he could easily hire “one of your editors” to replicate trade-style coverage.
Digital production, embraced today by publishers and printers alike, now defines the trafficking, integration, and distribution of both advertising and editorial materials. Publishers receive ads via email, tap into their printer's workflow to make changes on the fly, check and approve pages on Web-based proofing sites, and communicate with their printer online in real time.