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    1. October 14, 2014

      SoftBank buys streaming video service DramaFever

      SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms company, is bulking up its digital content portfolio with the acquisition of DramaFever, a...

    2. September 2, 2014

      BMG buys Infectious Music to help change its tune

      BMG, the music arm of Germany’s Bertelsmann, has acquired Infectious Music, the British independent record label behind...

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    1. Business locations in France 2011

      Youngsters speed up growth of dotcoms: a new generation is shaking off the country’s s...
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    1. August 24, 2014

      European media bet on tech start-ups

      European media companies are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to investing in digital start-ups, as they look for...

    2. beyondbrics

      June 13, 2014

      Guest post: Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance - do opposites attract?

      By Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation When the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru meet on June 19 and...

    3. April 27, 2014

      Thomas Rabe, Bertelsmann CEO: from punk rock to family values

      Europe’s biggest media group has a problem. It is a family-controlled German conglomerate competing in a digital age...

    4. March 26, 2014

      Bertelsmann seeks €3bn in acquisitions

      Bertelsmann, Europe’s largest media company by revenues, is planning to spend €3bn on acquisitions as it looks to revive...

    5. beyondbrics

      March 10, 2014

      Guest post: Argentina's day in court [corrected]

      By Samuel George of the Bertelsmann Foundation On February 18 the Republic of Argentina submitted a petition to the US...

    6. February 10, 2014

      BMG buys electronic dance music publisher Talpa

      BMG, the music arm of Germany’s Bertelsmann, has increased its presence in the hyped area of electronic dance music, buying...

    7. September 20, 2013

      Rockstar boss realises his bank robber dream

      Asked as a child what he wanted to be when he grew up, the now head of Rockstar Games said “a bank robber”. While that...

    8. September 10, 2013

      Bolloré to slug it out in Vivendi shake-up

      In the conservative and often staid world of French business, Vincent Bolloré has earned a formidable reputation for shaking...

    9. September 10, 2013

      Gruner+Jahr to transform itself in to ‘house of content’

      Gruner+Jahr, the magazine division of German media group Bertelsmann, said its shareholders would invest “several hundred...

    10. September 3, 2013

      BMG in $150m alliance with Primary Wave

      BMG, the German music company, has bought rights to songs by artists including Kurt Cobain and Earth Wind & Fire as part of...

    11. beyondbrics

      July 22, 2013

      London headlines

      * Fraud investigator linked to GSK held in China * Market for dim sum bonds goes cold * Asia stocks gain on Abe as yen to...

    12. July 21, 2013

      Media partnership aims to tap Chinese market

      Bruno Wu and Thomas Middelhoff first met on a chilly night on a boat on the Yangtze River in early 2002. A band played as...

    13. July 21, 2013

      Wu and Middelhoff link up for China-focused media venture

      Bruno Wu, the Chinese media investor, and Thomas Middelhoff, the former Bertelsmann and Arcandor chief executive, are...

    14. July 1, 2013

      Penguin Random House creates biggest book publisher by revenue

      Bertelsmann and Pearson on Monday completed the merger of Random House and Penguin Group, creating the biggest book...

    15. June 26, 2013

      Jagger and Richards get satisfaction with BMG

      Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed up with BMG in a move that will see the German music publisher represent their...

    16. June 17, 2013

      Trade deal would benefit US more than EU, Ifo study finds

      The US would gain more than the EU from a transatlantic trade deal, according to a study to be released on Monday. Its...

    17. June 5, 2013

      Springer Science seeks to raise €760m from Frankfurt IPO

      The German initial public offering market has burst into life as Springer Science and Business Media announced plans to...

    18. May 15, 2013

      Inside Business: Letter gives Hirai chance to change Sony

      Daniel Loeb’s tilt at Sony has achieved one goal already. As the activist investor quietly built his $1.1bn stake in the...

    19. May 5, 2013

      Google set to unveil subscriptions for specialist YouTube videos

      Google is on the verge of unveiling an à la carte subscription service for some of YouTube’s specialist video channels, to...

    20. April 29, 2013

      Bertelsmann set for €1.4bn from RTL share placing

      German media group Bertelsmann is poised to pocket €1.4bn from the partial sale of its stake in broadcaster RTL, making it...

    21. FT Tech Hub

      April 25, 2013

      Martin Sorrell to Big Media: Stop being complacent about digital

      There was a major disconnect on display at the FT’s Digital Media conference in London on Thursday morning. Jeff Bewkes of...

    22. April 19, 2013

      Penguin agrees ebook pricing deal with EU

      Penguin has become the fifth and final publisher to reach a settlement with the EU over ebook pricing, a move designed to...

    23. April 17, 2013

      RTL stake sale to boost Bertelsmann funds

      Bertelsmann is poised to make up to €1.6bn through a partial sale of its stake in television broadcaster RTL, in what would...

    24. April 17, 2013

      Inside Business: Media moguls learn from takeover mistakes

      Charlie Ergen’s $25.5bn attempt to break up Softbank’s bid for Sprint Nextel this week is a reminder that the animal spirits...

    25. April 14, 2013

      Bertelsmann Foundation disputes US rating

      Political gridlock and growing inequality in the US mean the country does not deserve a triple-A credit rating, even though...

    26. April 8, 2013

      EADS exit raises questions on Lagardère

      When Arnaud Lagardère stood down as EADS chairman last month, he wished its chief executive Tom Enders the best of luck...

    27. April 4, 2013

      Bertelsmann to float part of RTL stake

      Bertelsmann has confirmed its intention to float part of a controlling stake in Europe’s leading television broadcaster RTL,...

    28. March 26, 2013

      Bertelsmann near to decision on RTL float

      Bertelsmann will make a final decision shortly after Easter over whether to float a 17 per cent stake in RTL, Europe’s...

    29. March 14, 2013

      EQT kicks off Springer Science sale

      EQT, Sweden’s largest private equity firm, is soliciting bids earlier than anticipated for German academic publisher...

    30. March 1, 2013

      Bertelsmann takes control of BMG

      Bertelsmann, the German media group, has taken a decisive step to re-establish itself as a major player in the music...

    31. February 27, 2013

      Arvato seeks to break new digital ground

      Arvato, a German media services group, is proud that it still presses hundreds of millions of CDs and DVDs and dispatches...

    32. February 20, 2013

      Bertelsmann moves back to music stage

      Bertelsmann, the German media group, could spend around €500m to take full control of BMG, its music joint venture with KKR,...

    33. February 14, 2013

      US regulators allow Random-Penguin union

      Bertelsmann and Pearson have received clearance from US competition regulators to combine their book publishing divisions,...

    34. February 7, 2013

      Warner Music wins Parlophone auction

      Len Blavatnik’s Warner Music has won the auction for former EMI labels including Parlophone, the home to Coldplay, David...

    35. January 31, 2013

      Bertelsmann seeks buyer for €2bn RTL stake

      Bertelsmann, the German media group, cemented its return to dealmaking by announcing its intention to sell a stake in...

    36. January 21, 2013

      Pearson warns of tough year ahead

      Pearson, the education and publishing business, warned the headwinds that it faced in the final few months of 2012 were...

    37. January 20, 2013

      European buyouts suffer winter freeze

      The emergence last week of a potential $20bn private equity “mega-buyout” in the US is a slap in the face for the European...

    38. January 10, 2013

      Music labels rocked by bid for Parlophone

      Independent music companies have raised concerns that Sony and BMG’s attempt to buy Parlophone could breach competition...

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