Entertainment Intellectual Property

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Entertainment Intellectual Property

Key Takeaways

  • Five streaming companies and large studios that are actively acquiring intellectual property rights include NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, MGM, Viacom CBS, and Discovery.
  • In general, streaming services and large studios acquire intellectual property rights through company acquisitions in order to obtain rights to intellectual property portfolios such as Dreamworks Animation (acquired by NBCUniveral) or EPIX (acquired by MGM).
  • While, most company's do not disclose the exact amount spent on intellectual property rights, in general, these companies spend anywhere from $100 million to $4.5 billion USD annually.

Intro

Five streaming companies and large studios that are actively acquiring intellectual property rights include NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, MGM, Viacom CBS, and Discovery. Details of each company have been provided below.

NBCUniversal

WarnerMedia

MGM

  • Intellectual Property Acquisitions:

ViacomCBS

  • Intellectual Property Acquisitions:

Discovery

  • Intellectual Property Acquisitions:
  • Intellectual Property Rights Spend:
    • In 2020, the company spent $2 million related to the Scripps acquisition, $807 million on content licensing contracts and sports sublicensing deals, and $99 million on brand licensing. According to the 2020 annual report, each expense is related to intellectual property.

Research Strategy

For this research on entertainment intellectual property, we leveraged the most reputable sources of information that were available in the public domain, including Bloomberg News, CNBC, Forbes, Annual Reports, and others.

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