16 February 2022

Andrew Viner, Partner, BDO UK, Leader, Global Media & Entertainment team |

The number of global media mergers and acquisition deals increased by 31% in 2021 when compared to the previous years, according to our latest analysis of deal activity in the media sector; MEDIAtalk. The global media industry continued to ride a series of waves generally predating but also exacerbated by the pandemic.

Businesses are now tasked with keeping up with an accelerated pace of change. The speed of business – and deal-making as a corollary – has increased as competitors vie for the best talent, data, and targets.

In this edition we examine the results from our survey of the UK media sector. See how confident businesses are feeling, their plans for growth, and the challenges ahead in the next 12 months. This report provides a useful benchmark if you are looking to find out how your peers are coping and what their next moves are.

We also hear from BDO specialists who shine a spotlight on the Film & TV industry as well as Private Equity activity in media content production.

Read the media M&A market trends coming out of 2021, and our top predictions for 2022 and beyond.