US entertainment, media and communications deal insights: Second quarter 2016

July 2016

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After two light quarters, mega-deal volume and values rebound in Q2 of 2016, with five announced deals over $1B.

Large deals are proliferating across the entertainment, media and communications industry, and a majority of these transactions are in search of quality content, complementary distribution channels or technology. EMC deal value was significantly higher than the first quarter of 2016, reaching $41B, with again a solid gain in deal volume. Internet & Information led the way of both deal volume and deal value ($28.3B) in the current quarter. Deal activity in the Film & Content sub-sector had another strong quarter, while Advertising & Marketing, a sub-sector that has long been one of the most prolific when it comes to EMC deal volume, observed a decline in volume for the current quarter.