Hollywood Investment Frenzy in Production Companies 

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The voracious appetite for content in Hollywood is showing no signs of cooling off, even as broader macroeconomic conditions have worsened. Over the past couple years, a slew of studios and production companies have been snatched up at sky-high valuations.

The pace of content M&A picked up in 2021 with the nearly $1 billion sale of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, before kicking into high gear at the very start of 2022. There were four major content acquisition deals just in January of the year.

Quality fare costs money, and to some it makes more sense just to buy the content companies if they’re going to shell out the big bucks to buy up programming anyway. While some of the content buying was done by other media companies, most was done by private equity firms with deep pockets looking to cash in on highly desirable IP.

Variety Intelligence Platform has been closely tracking the flurry of content acquisitions. We will continue to monitor the action and update the chart below as new deals are announced. Check back periodically for the most up-to-date information.