Hearst Buys Rodale's Content Business

NORTH AMERICA–Hearst revealed that it has agreed to acquire Rodale’s magazine and book businesses, which include publications such as Women’s Health, Men’s Health and Runner’s World.

April 6, 2018

Hearst Buys Rodale's Content Business

The acquisition will also bolster Hearst’s position within the licensing industry and on

License Global’s

annual Top 150 Global Licensors report.

NORTH AMERICA–Hearst revealed that it has agreed to acquire Rodale’s magazine and book businesses, which includes publications such as

Women’s Health, Men’s Health

and

Runner’s World

.

Following the acquisition, Rodale’s multi-platform content business will be managed by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst with more than 300 editions and websites worldwide. Further details of the acquisition were not disclosed; however, it is expected to close in early 2018 following necessary government approvals.

“Maria Rodale has grown her family’s business into a peerless authority that reaches an enormous audience,” says David Carey, president, Hearst Magazines. “Hearst and Rodale are already publishing partners around the world, including the U.K., the Netherlands and Japan, and we’ve seen first-hand how the content resonates. We are pleased to add them and all of Rodale’s brands to our vibrant and varied global portfolio, providing readers with dependable information and offering marketers unbeatable

scale and a trustworthy environment in the increasingly important health and wellness space.”

In terms of licensing, Rodale is the world’s No. 121 largest licensor, reporting $155 million in licensed retail sales in 2016, according to 

License Global’s

 Top 150 Global Licensors report

. The company has also made substantial strides with 

Men’s

Health

, which currently boasts subscription boxes, frozen entrees, multiple licensing agents and digital media editions in international markets. Rodale has also licensed 

Runner’s

World 

magazine for monthly subscription boxes.

The acquisition will also elevate Hearst’s position within the licensing industry. In 2016, the company was the world’s No. 84 largest licensor, reporting $350 million in licensed retail sales. Top licensed properties for the brand include 

Seventeen

,

Esquire

,

Car

and

Driver

,

Country

Living

,

Metropolitan

Home 

and 

Good

Housekeeping

.

“We have a long-standing respect for Hearst’s commitment to connecting consumers with imaginative, engaging content across an ever-diversifying choice of platforms, technologies and experiences around the world,” says Maria Rodale, chief executive officer, Rodale. “We believe our exceptional brands, businesses and employees will thrive in this culture of innovation and we are confident that Hearst’s stewardship will continue to grow the passionate and purpose-driven communities that Rodale has built over the past 70 years.”

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