New York, July 8, 2009 – In line with market-wide M&A trends, both the volume and value of Media Industry transactions dropped sharply during the 1st Half of 2009 compared with the same period last year. In addition, the ongoing user-driven transition from traditional format to new media, which the industry has had difficulty monetizing, has compounded the effect of the global economic slowdown and resulted in a more marked decline in M&A activity than was seen in other Information industries.

One bright spot in the Media Industry was the Entertainment Content segment, where aggregate transaction value grew by 10% during the 1st Half of 2009 to $612 million, from $557 million in the same period of 2008. Interestingly, this increase was due in large part to a small number of high-value game development studio acquisitions. For comparison, M&A activity in Entertainment Content has historically been dominated by Film, Television, and Music Studio transactions.

Reflecting the transition from traditional to new media, the Internet Media segment continues to generate the most M&A interest, outpacing all other media industry segments in terms of the number of transactions announced in the 1st Half of 2009.

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