California, U.S. – DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. announced it has agreed to acquire AwesomenessTV, one of the most subscribed-to teen networks on YouTube. This deal recognises the growing value of digital content creation and consumption.
With this deal, DreamWorks Animation will acquire a next-generation media company, which though its Multi-Channel Network on YouTube has already signed up over 55,000 channels, aggregating over 14 million subscribers and 800 million video views. The AwesomenessTV brand has also recently extended beyond the mobile platform into television and film, signaling continued cross-platform expansion plans. As part of DreamWorks, Brian Robbins, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of AwesomenessTV, will continue to grow the company. In addition, Robbins will assume an executive role at the studio to develop a DreamWorks Animation branded digital family channel, harnessing the studio’s resources, technology and IP portfolio.
The company has agreed to acquire AwesomenessTV for total up-front consideration of approximately US$33 million in cash. In addition, subject to the satisfaction of certain terms and conditions described in the definitive merger agreement, DreamWorks Animation will be obligated to make additional contingent cash payments from time to time if certain earnings targets are met in 2014 and 2015. The maximum amount of potential contingent consideration payable is US$117 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. DreamWorks Animation expects that the transaction will be completed during the month of May 2013.
“Awesomeness TV is one of the fastest growing content channels on the internet today and our acquisition of this groundbreaking venture will bring incredible momentum to our digital strategy,” said DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg. “Brian Robbins has an extraordinary track record in creating family content both for traditional and new platforms and his expertise in the TV arena will be invaluable as we grow our presence in that space.”