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Media - 2011
Capita Group has acquired Applied Language Solutions, the Oldham-based provider of translation services with 130 staff, for up to £67m.
Experian has acquired Garlik, the London-based provider of web monitoring services, for undisclosed terms.
Chime Communications has acquired an 85% stake in Essentially France, the French sports agency, for up to £3.2m.
LinkedIn, the US online networking firm, is reported to be considering plans for an 80,000 sq ft office at 21 Bloomsbury Street in London.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to sell its Teletext TV news and information service to a management team for undisclosed terms.
Media Square, the operator of ten marketing agencies, has been bought out of administration by a management team called MSQ Partners.
Centaur Media has acquired Venture Business Research, the London-based digital information and analytics firm, for up to £7.5m.
Intermarketing, the Leeds-based advertising agency with more than 50 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
MP & Silva is setting up a 5,200 sq ft office for its sports media business at 30 George Street in London W1.
Pearson Vue is setting up a new 10,000 sq ft office for its online education business at Warrington Centre Park.
Chorion is selling its Mr Men and Little Miss brands to Sanrio, as part of the Japanese company's plans to set up a UK subsidiary to expand its children's characters business.
Coolabi, the London-based children's TV production company, has undergone a £4.9m management buy-out backed by Edge Performance VCT.
Mecom is to sell its Edda Media business in Norway to A-pressen for £190m.
SDL is to acquire Alterian, the marketing technology firm with offices in Bristol, Newbury and Poole, for £68m.
MediaCom has acquired Brilliant Media, the media buying agency with 75 staff in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.
Creston has acquired The Corkery Group, the US health and medical public relations company with 25 staff, for £3.8m.
Omnisoft Services is to double the 30-strong workforce at its web services business in County Down by the end of the year.
Pearson is to acquire Global Education & Technology, the Chinese provider of test preparation services for students, for £98m.
Confidential Publishing has acquired How-Do and Place North West for undisclosed terms, in order to create a combined Manchester-based online publishing operation with 32 staff.
EMI, the record company, has been acquired by Universal Music Group of France for £1.2bn.
Betty, the London-based TV production firm with 24 staff and 70 freelancers, has been acquired by Discovery Communications for an estimated £10m.
Riverside Studios in Hammersmith is to undergo a £190m redevelopment by owner Arab Investments, including more studio space and upmarket apartments.
HIT Entertainment, the children's characters firm, has been acquired by Mattel of the US for £426m.
Netflix of the US is to launch its online film service in the UK next year.
Saatchi & Saatchi, the advertising agency, is reported to be considering 138-142 Holborn as a potential location for a new 170,000 sq ft headquarters from 2013.
Intalekt is consolidating its marketing business at a new office on the Hodge Bank industrial estate in Nelson, and plans to double its 85-strong workforce in the medium-term.
Morgan Sindall is to refurbish the MTV Studios and VIMN UK headquarters in Camden, North London, over the next year, in order to provide new studios and 35,000 sq ft of office space.
ITV has acquired Channel Television, the Channel Islands-based TV broadcaster with 78 staff, for about £10m.
ITV Wales is considering plans to relocate its Cardiff headquarters, as the current 170,000 sq ft site at Culverhouse Cross is too big.
RAM Active Media has acquired Brandplay UK, the operator of advertising systems in shopping centres, for an initial £0.1m.
Pearson has acquired TQ Holdings, the Derbyshire-based training services firm with gross assets of £23m.
Daily Mail & General Trust is to take a 55% stake in a new online estate agency that will merge the activities of FindaProperty with Primelocation and Zoopla.
Ebiquity has acquired Faulkner Media Management, the Australian media analytics consultancy with 25 staff, for up to £3.7m.
Vision+Media is planning to set up a film studio at the 500-acre Woodford Aerodrome site near Stockport.
Chime Communications is to acquire Gulliford Consulting, the marketing consultancy, for up to £4.7m.
Headland Multimedia of Leeds has acquired Odin Solutions, the London-based web design firm with five staff, for undisclosed terms.
The College Group has sold a majority stake to private equity firm Vitruvian Partners, in a deal that values the London-based marketing services firm at £45m.
Fetch Media has acquired Lucidity Mobile, the London-based mobile media buying firm, for undisclosed terms.
Endemol is setting up a new TV production and development centre in Glasgow.
Shine is to expand its London-based TV production business by opening a new 10,500 sq ft facility at 42 Gloucester Avenue.
Venture Photography has been bought out of administration by a new company called Indigo Venture Capital, saving 135 jobs at its Cheshire-based chain of 38 franchised photography studios.
Reed Elsevier is to acquire Accuity Holdings, the US provider of financial subscription services with 300 staff and an office in London, for £343m.
Sky is to create 50 new jobs at its City Walk sales and customer service call centre in Leeds.
St Ives has acquired Pragma Holdings, the Twickenham-based retail and consumer markets consultancy with 17 staff, for an initial £3.3m.
Porta Communications is to acquire an 80% stake in Threadneedle Communications, the London-based financial public relations company, for £3.8m.
Motivcom has acquired the business and assets of online marketing firm Goldserve for an initial £1.5m, in order to expand its Zibrant events subsidiary.
Heart Cambridgeshire is to relocate its radio station from Peterborough to a new facility at Histon in Cambridge.
Wey Education is to acquire Place Group, the programme management and school services firm with annual turnover of £5.6m, for £1.6m.
Pearson has acquired Connections Education, the US operator of online schools, for £250m.
Baby Cow Productions is to relocate the Manchester operation of its TV production business to The Greenhouse at MediaCityUK.
Fresh Group is planning to expand the 51-strong workforce at its Cheshire-based communications agency with up to 20 new jobs over the next year.
Juice FM is to relocate its Liverpool-based commercial radio station and about 30 staff to a new £1.1m studio at One Park West next January.
Ant Marketing is to create up to 200 jobs at a new 20,000 sq ft telemarketing office due to open on St Mary's Road in Sheffield by the end of the year.
Compact Media Group has acquired Rights.tv, and will relocate the media rights consultancy to its London office.
Restore has acquired Paterson Data Management, the Glasgow-based document storage firm, for £0.6m.
Aegis is to acquire Master Ad, the Russian outdoor media firm with 80 staff, for up to £88m.
Shed Productions is planning to relocate the production of its Waterloo Road TV programme to Glasgow, with the creation of 230 jobs.
Daily Mail & General Trust has sold its George Little Management trade shows business in the US to private equity firm Providence Equity Partners for about £90m.
Centaur Media has acquired Investment Platforms, the information provider to the retail financial services sector, for £1.8m.
BBC Worldwide is to sell the Radio Times and ten other magazines to private equity firm Exponent, as part of deals worth £121m that also involve the sale of its 50% stake in Worldwide Media to Bennett Coleman.
Quarto has acquired Frances Lincoln, the London-based book publisher, for £4.5m.
Virgin Media has sold its 50% stake in UKTV, which includes ten entertainment and factual channels, to Scripps Networks Interactive of the US for up to £339m.
Tinopolis has acquired BASE Productions, the US TV production company, for an estimated £25m.
Allofus, the London-based digital consultancy, has been acquired by McCann Worldgroup and will relocate to Bloomsbury in September.
IOS has bought Lateral Group, the marketing communications services firm trading as Howitt, Data Lateral and Dialogue Solutions, for undisclosed terms.
NCC Group has acquired Axzona, the Edinburgh-based website monitoring firm, for up to £1.7m.
Red Bee Media has acquired TV Genius, the Harrow-based developer of TV content discovery software.
Facebook is to relocate its London office and up to 70 staff to a 36,000 sq ft unit in Covent Garden in January 2012.
Building Blocks has acquired Ucensis, the Liverpool-based web design agency, increasing its workforce to 40.
Zodiak Media Group has acquired Bwark, the London-based TV production company, for undisclosed terms.
ITIS Holdings, the Altrincham-based provider of traffic and travel information with 150 staff, has been acquired by INRIX of the US for £37m.
Amazon has acquired Pushbutton, the London-based TV technology company, for undisclosed terms.
Aegis Group has sold its Synovate market research business to Ipsos of France for £525m.
Finsbury is to merge with US-based sister company Robinson Lerer & Montgomery to create a combined public relations group called RLM Finsbury with 180 staff.
Writtle Holdings has acquired Loewy Group to create a combined marketing services firm with 16 companies operating in branding, PR and design.
Hasgrove has sold Interel, its public affairs and communications business with an office in London, to a management buy-out for £8.4m.
TUI Travel has acquired the English Language Centre in York, in order to expand its TUI Education division.
SeeSaw, the online video-on-demand service, is to be acquired by a consortium led by US merchant bank Criterion for an estimated £10m.
Informa is creating 30 jobs at its publishing business in Colchester.
Amazon is to create 40 new jobs at its LoveFilm DVD rental business in London, in order to expand its online streaming service.
Havas, the advertising company, is setting up a 32,000 sq ft office at 60 St Martin's Lane in London's Covent Garden.
Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired Continuum International Publishing, the academic and professional publisher with offices in London and New York, for £20m.
Aegis has acquired a 75% stake in MediaVest (Manchester), the media planning and buying agency with 216 staff, for an initial £27m.
John Menzies has acquired Media on the Move, the provider of media management services to the travel industry, from Journey Group for £1.2m.
Flex Language Services, the translation services firm spun out of the University of Ulster with 250 interpreters, has been acquired by the Ortus development agency for undisclosed terms.
Alliance Francaise is to relocate its Manchester-based language school to a 5,300 sq ft office at 55 Portland Street in August.
Applied Language Solutions is to create 30 new jobs at its Oldham-based translation services business, having won a contract from the Ministry of Justice.
AddPeople is looking to double the 80-strong workforce at its Altrincham-based digital marketing services business by 2015.
BSkyB is said to be planning to set up a new call centre at Wellbar Central in Newcastle city centre, with the creation of 400 jobs.
Media Sales Network has acquired the Manchester-based Sustain' magazine and awards business, and is now looking to acquire a further five titles.
Leonard Curtis has arranged a pre-pack administration at Sugarvine, securing the future of about 20 jobs at its Blackpool-based online media business.
Imagesound, the Chesterfield-based supplier of commercial music services, is to be acquired by a new company called Concentia for £10m.
Tinopolis has acquired A Smith, the US TV production company, for about £60m.
UBM is to sell its UK entertainment and technology magazines portfolio to Intent Media for £2.4m, with the transfer of up to 36 staff.
Cupid has acquired a 75% stake in the German online media companies OnlineLiebe and WomenWeb for £2.5m.
Iliffe Newspapers has acquired five former Northcliffe Media newspapers in Staffordshire and South Cheshire for about £1m.
Communisis has bought the trade and assets of OBL, the Bristol-based marketing services firm, out of administration for £2.2m.
BSkyB is reported to be in negotiations to set up a 162,000 sq ft office at the First Central Business Park in London NW10.
MSA Digital, the London-based marketing agency, has been acquired by Home Marketing of Leeds, taking the total workforce to 90.
Boomerang Plus has acquired the trade and assets of Oxford Scientific Films, the London-based film production company, for £0.5m.
IndigoVision is to expand its Edinburgh-based CCTV business with 6,000 sq ft of additional office space at the Edinburgh Technopole business park, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Smiths News is to acquire Dawson Holdings of Croydon for £20m, in order to expand its Bertrams book wholesaling business.
Libra Television is to relocate its Manchester-based media business to MediaCityUK's Greenhouse office in Salford Quays, along with companies such as Armstrong Legal and Kelly's Eye Animation.
The BBC is in negotiations to sell its magazine publishing business to private equity firm Exponent for an estimated £100m.
Ebiquity has acquired Echo Research, the advertising and media analysis firm with 45 staff in London, France, Singapore and the US, for up to £10m.
Google has agreed to take 160,000 sq ft of office space at the Central Saint Giles development in the West End of London.
Expedia is reported to be considering plans to relocate its London-based online travel business to an 80,000 sq ft office at the Angel Building in Clerkenwell.
Sky is planning to create 50 new finance jobs at the Alba Campus in Livingston.
Next Fifteen Communications has acquired CMG Worldwide, the digital agency trading as Bourne with offices in Glasgow, London and the US.
Liberty & Cole, the Edinburgh-based PR firm, has been acquired by 72 Point for undisclosed terms.
Shine Group is to relocate its Shine International TV sales and distribution operation from the US to London.
Double Negative is to relocate its London-based visual effects business to an 86,000 sq ft office at 160 Great Portland Street by November 2012.
Quindell is to undergo a reverse takeover by cash shell Mission Capital, in order to gain a £33m listing on Aim and expand its marketing business.
SDL has acquired Calamares, the Dutch media asset management company, for undisclosed terms.
CAN Media Group, the Preston-based community TV company with 85 staff, has been acquired by Live It & Learn of Cheshire for undisclosed terms.
Pinewood Shepperton has agreed a £96m takeover offer from Peel Holdings, and £20m will be invested in the expansion of its film studios.
Pearson is to acquire Schoolnet, the US education technology company, for £140m.
BDO has sold the Sunday Sport newspaper out of administration to its original owner, and it will be relaunched with eight staff based at Ardwick in Manchester.
Aegis Media is to consolidate its subsidiary advertising agencies into a single office at Regent's Place in London over the next few months.
Ideal Shopping Direct, the TV shopping company, is to be acquired by Inflexion Private Equity for £78m.
Tesco has acquired an 80% stake in Blinkbox, the London-based movie streaming service, for undisclosed terms.
The Mill, the London-based TV and film production company, has been acquired by Barclays Private Equity in a £119m deal.
Montpellier Marketing Communications Group (MMCG), the Cheltenham-based PR and marketing firm, has been sold out of administration by Smith & Williamson to a management team.
International Sports Management has acquired Rule 1.02 Marketing, the US sports marketing consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
Ioko, the York-based online video services developer with 380 staff, is to be acquired by KIT Digital for about £50m.
Osprey Group has acquired Old House Books, the Devon-based map publishing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Cello Group has acquired Red Kite Consulting, the Surrey-based healthcare marketing consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
BSkyB has appointed Hanover Green to find a suitable building in west London for a new office of up to 180,000 sq ft.
Chime Communications is to acquire Icon, the Sidcup-based marketing and branding firm, for an initial £11m.
Centaur Media has acquired The Forum for Expatriate Management for up to £6.7m.
Rippleffect is to invest £2m in the expansion of its Liverpool-based digital marketing agency, including a new office in Manchester and 30 new jobs.
Gowalla, the online social networking firm, is considering plans to open an office in London later this year.
Red Arrow Entertainment is to acquire a 51% stake in The Mob Film Company, the film production company with offices in Manchester and London.
Blipfoto has secured £5m to fund the expansion of its Edinburgh-based online photo sharing service, with the creation of 16 jobs.
WPP, the advertising company, is considering plans to relocate its tax headquarters from Ireland back to the UK.
Huntsworth has acquired Atomic PR, the US-based PR agency with an office in London, for an initial £8.3m.
Emerald Group Publishing has acquired Pier Professional, the Brighton-based publisher of 23 health journals.
Sky is to create 100 new jobs at its customer business systems call centre in Livingston.
Call Agents UK is creating 30 jobs at its telemarketing call centre in Middlesbrough.
Leo Burnett has acquired Airlock, the London-based digital advertising agency with 18 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Pearson is to acquire Education Development International, the Coventry-based training services firm, for £113m.
Media Sales Network, the Manchester-based advertising sales agency, has undergone a management buy-out from Unique Communications Group.
The BBC has appointed Lambert Smith Hampton to advise on the possible relocation of its Bristol headquarters to a more suitable location.
City TV Broadcasting is hoping to create up to 60 jobs in Birmingham if it wins a new local TV broadcasting licence.
United Business Media is to sell its UK licensed trade publications to William Reed for an initial £1.5m and its French medical publications to management for £3.7m.
Sky is to expand its customer service call centre in Stockport by 5,600 sq ft, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Independent Media Distribution, the provider of content distribution and advertising data services, is to be acquired by private equity firm Vitruvian Partners for £34m.
MTV is to extend its Camden office by 35,000 sq ft by autumn 2012, and 400 staff will relocate from three closed studios in central London.
Shine Group, the London-based TV production company, is to be acquired by News Corporation for £415m.
Topline SEO is to set up a 3,000 sq ft office at Digital Park in Salford, with an option to acquire additional space.
Media Square is to sell the assets of Arken, the Newmarket-based supplier of point of purchase display materials, to Writtle Holdings for £0.7m.
Creative England is planning to set up three new regional agencies in Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol to promote the media, film and digital sector.
St Ives has acquired Tactical Solutions UK, the Chester-based sales and marketing company with 320 staff, for an initial £15m.
Tribal Group has sold the assets of its Tribal Resourcing advertising and e-solutions business to TMP (UK) for a nominal sum.
Urban Realm, the Glasgow-based architectural magazine, has undergone a management buy-out from Carnyx Group for undisclosed terms.
OutNow Entertainment, the DVD rental firm, has been bought out of administration by MBL Group.
Citigroup has acquired EMI, the record label, and is expected to sell off parts of the business.
Daily Mail & General Trust is planning to relocate its Harmsworth printing operation and up to 157 jobs from Surrey Quays in London to a new £50m site in Thurrock over the next four years.
Callcredit Information Group has acquired Latitude, the digital marketing firm with 95 staff in Cheshire and London, for undisclosed terms.
BSkyB is planning to set up a new Sky TV call centre in Sheffield in July, with the creation of 500 jobs, and expects to create 1,500 jobs across the country.
Publicis is to acquire Chemistry Communications Group, the London-based advertising and marketing firm with 178 staff, for £14m.
Express Newspapers is said to be planning to transfer newspaper production from London to a new printworks in Luton, where it would employ at least 300 staff.
EC English Language Centre is to open a new language school at Queen Square in Bristol next month, with the creation of up to 45 jobs.
Facebook of the US has appointed DTZ to find a suitable location in London for a headquarters of up to 30,000 sq ft.
Fresh Group has sold its Cheadle-based Freshrewards loyalty campaigns business to a management team for undisclosed terms.
UKTV is planning to relocate its London-based TV broadcasting business and 160 staff from Great Portland Street to Hammersmith.
Amazon has acquired Lovefilm, the film rental firm operating in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, for undisclosed terms.
Datatec is to acquire Direct Visual, the West Yorkshire-based video communications supplier, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Logicalis subsidiary.
Cwmni Da is to proceed with plans for a £2m TV and film production centre at a former printworks in Caernarfon, with the relocation of 65 staff and the creation of ten new jobs.
Channel 4 is looking to invest £4m in the commissioning of digital media from independent firms outside London over the next two years.
Burson-Marsteller, the PR firm, is to take half of the 43,000 sq ft sixth floor office at Central Saint Giles in London's West End.
Experian has acquired a majority stake in Techlightenment, the London-based developer of social media marketing tools with annual turnover of £5m.
FoneStarz Media, the Cambridgeshire-based developer of mobile phone entertainment content with 35 staff, has been acquired by Livewire Mobile of the US.
Dene Group is looking to expand the 30-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based film production business to 50 over the next few years, and is consolidating staff into a new office at Stepney Bank.
Automated Systems Group, the Cambridge-based printing and copying firm with 60 staff, has undergone a £8.5m management buy-out backed by Matrix Private Equity Partners.