US entertainment, media and communications deal insights: Q1 2017 update

At a glance

Amid ongoing disruption and transformation across the EMC sector, 1Q 2017 deal volumes were at their highest level in two years:

  • 256 deals transacted, representing an increase of 32% from Q4 2016
  • All sub-sectors except for Video Games had flat or growing deal volumes
  • Advertising and Marketing deals retained the top spot in terms of volume

1Q 2017 represented an increase in EMC deal volumes but ​a decrease in ​deal transaction values, ​down significantly from the previous record-breaking quarter with just three megadeals in excess of $1 billion:

  • ​Intelsat SA’s / OneWeb Ltd ($2.7B)
  • ​MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates / DigitalGlobe Inc ($2.1B)
  • ​​Entercom Communications Corp / CBS Radio Inc ($1.5B)

​Despite certain regulatory uncertainties, we remain optimistic that M&A activity in the EMC sector will continue on a robust pace for the foreseeable future.​

Contact us

Deborah K. Bothun
US Entertainment, Media and Communications Sector Leader
Tel: +1 (646) 471 9048

Bart Spiegel
US Entertainment, Media and Communications Deals Partner
Tel: +1 (646) 471 7085

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