April 6, 2018
Acquisition will bolster both companies’ local and international distribution power as well as create one of Europe’s leading content companies.
The new group will create one of the leading kids and family entertainment and content companies in Europe and will enable m4e to continue investing in new content and its worldwide exploration. It will also help bolster both companies’ local and international distribution power.
The completion of the transaction is still subject to several suspensive conditions, including the approval by the German Federal Cartel Office.
Studio 100 is known for its programs such as "Maya the Bee," "Arthur and the Minimoys" and Heidi, among others, while m4e is known for properties such as "Wissper," "Mia and me" and "Tip the Mouse," among others.
“We are very happy about the agreement with Studio 100 and we are fully convinced that this is the right move for the future strategic orientation of m4e. The international markets are in a huge upheaval and consolidation phase on every level, taking into accountthe ongoing digitalization amongst others. Personally, I find the new constellation extremely motivating and exciting, and I am looking very much forward to working with Studio 100,” says Hans Ulrich Stoef, chief executive officer, m4e. “Together we are planning a strategic cooperation in the area of kids and family entertainment.”
Additionally, Stoef will continue to act as CEO for the brand management company.
“We are very excited about taking the next step to our internationalization,” says Hans Bourlon, chief executive officer, Studio 100. “The synergies that are created by this acquisition will pay off in the years ahead.”
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