GlobalData acquires Screen International owner Media Business Insight

Media Business Insight, owner of Screen International, has been acquired by UK listed company GlobalData Plc to help accelerate growth and create new products and services from MBI’s leading brands in the TV, film and marketing sectors .

MBI’s brands, including Screen International, Broadcast, The Media Production and Technology Show, ALF, The Knowledge and KFTV, will join the GlobalData group, one of the fastest growing information and analytics companies.

GlobalData has offices in 20 markets around the world, employs more than 3,500 people, and provides data, information and analytics to businesses and clients across a wide range of industries, including construction, energy, healthcare, agriculture and sports.

MBI’s market-leading data and analytics brands will continue to provide their core services, but will also form the cornerstone of a new smart media and entertainment service offering within the GlobalData business. The move will also support the further development of MBI’s own intelligence services, including Broadcast Intelligence, ALF and Production Intelligence.

Mike Danson, CEO of GlobalData, said: “From GlobalData’s perspective, MBI is an excellent strategic choice as it provides GlobalData with new and unique ‘gold standard’ data sets on the film, TV and media markets.

“The addition of deep media sector analytics and related services to GlobalData’s suite of offerings will provide both current and prospective clients access to a broader range of industry knowledge,” he continued.

“Expanding MBI’s offerings through GlobalData’s unified platform can be a real force in the global film, television and media market, offering something unique to the sector.”

MBI employs 85 staff from various brands in offices in London and Los Angeles, who will now join the GlobalData group.

Media Business Insight was created by MBO from the Ascential group led by Conor Dignam and Alison Pitchford in 2014, backed by VCT investors Mobeus Equity Partners.

MBI owns a number of news, intelligence and information brands focused on the media and marketing sectors, including Screen International, Broadcast, Account List File (ALF), The Media Production and Technology Show, as well as data and intelligence brands including Broadcast Intelligence, The Knowledge. , Production Intelligence, KFTV and a number of industry leading awards including the Broadcast Awards, Broadcast Sport Awards and Screen Awards. It recently acquired the Rapid TV News brand.

Both Dignam and Pitchford will remain in business under the new owner.

Dignam said: “We are delighted to be joining the GlobalData business. Both culturally and strategically it is a great fit for MBI. This is a move that will create exciting opportunities for our brands, our employees and our customers.

“As part of GlobalData, we will benefit from best-in-class technology and product development. GD’s business already has impressive information and data on the media sector, and combined with our specialist information and knowledge, we believe we can offer something unique to the market.”

Gresham House, owner of Mobeus VCT funds, will exit its investment in MBI as part of the sale.

Bob Henry, portfolio director at Gresham House, who was on the board of MBI, said: “Our investment and the quality of the MBI team has enabled the business to transform itself to meet the increasing number of online media and events and deal effectively with them. The sale of our stake is a positive outcome for all parties”.