March 6, 2018

PMC Announces Acquisition of SHE Media

NEW YORK, NY – March 6, 2018 – PMC, owner of 20 media brands that include Rolling Stone, Variety, WWD, Deadline, and Robb Report, today announced the acquisition of SHE Media, formerly SheKnows Media, a mission-driven digital media company created for and by women with approximately 60 million unique visitors per month (comScore) and 350 million-plus social media fans and followers.                                                 

“We are thrilled to join PMC to accomplish our goal of building out the SHE Media brands and further engaging our more than 300 million social followers,” said SHE Media CEO Philippe Guelton. “We view PMC as the best home for our brands and our audiences for decades to come.”

In conjunction with its highly profitable #BlogHer events, the SHE Media network of influencers and content creators is known for amplifying voices of some of today’s most influential women. With strong growth in both reach and impact, bringing SHE Media to PMC will create a formidable and compelling alliance in entertainment, fashion, lifestyle and women’s issues. The acquisition further compliments PMC’s continued expansion strategy, which over the past five years has included the acquisition of Variety, Fairchild Media, IndieWire, Robb Report and, most recently, Rolling Stone.

“Bringing SHE Media to PMC will enable us to deepen our service to our broad and loyal audiences, including women entrepreneurs and content creators, while solidifying our dominance of the women’s interests vertical,” said SHE Media President Samantha Skey. “PMC’s innovation in content and events along with its digital savvy make it ideal for bringing forth synergies and significant long-term scale across both companies.”

PMC, founded in 2004, is a leading digital media and information services company with significant experience in the entertainment, technology, fashion, retail and luxury media segments. Currently owning and opertaing industry-leading brands that include Rolling Stone, Variety, WWD, Robb Report, Deadline, Beauty Inc, FN, IndieWire, HollywoodLife, BGR, and other leading properties, PMC’s digital media expertise and complementary portfolio are expected to accelerate SHE Media’s trajectory and long-term success.

Transaction Highlights:

  • Philippe Guelton will continue in his current role as Chief Executive Officer

  • Samantha Skey will continue in her current role of President and Chief Revenue Officer

  • SHE Media brings to PMC a leading lifestyle and women's interests digital media platform that is a top 5 comScore for Lifestyle, scaling PMC’s reach and diversifying PMC’s offerings by deepening its dominance of the women’s interests vertical

  • SHE Media’s thriving #BlogHer events business will compliment PMC’s industry-leading expertise in live events.

  • This acquisition allows PMC to diversify its revenue across the consumer packaged goods, healthcare, and food and beverage verticals.

  • SHE Media employees will remain in their current New York offices until integrated into PMC's corporate NY headquarters in late 2018, while new office space in Scottsdale is expected within 4-to-6 months

  • The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed

  • SHE Media was represented Ballard Spahr LLP and Houlihan Lokey acted as exclusive sell-side advisor to SHE Media

  • PMC was represented by Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP

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About SHE Media

SHE Media is a mission-driven digital media company created by and for women with approximately 60 million unique visitors per month (comScore) and 350 million-plus social media fans and followers. Our mission is to validate women’s voices and leadership as a unifying force for global good. The SHE Media Partner Network is the leading source for thousands of content creators, offering a diverse portfolio of monetization opportunities and educational materials to help them turn their passions into profit. SHE Media encompasses a family of leading media properties alongside our flagship sites: SheKnows.comSTYLECASTER, and BlogHer, which hosts the world’s leading events for female content creators and entrepreneurs. SHE Media is also the creator of innovative platforms that include: The #Femvertising Awards, which honors the best pro-female advertising each year; Hatch, a resource for parents featuring kid-generated content; and The Pitch, a live event series for women entrepreneurs.

Part of Penske Media Corporation (PMC), SHE Media is based in New York, with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Scottsdale, Ariz. Follow SHE Media on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

Media Contact:

Jenni Ottum     
Sr. Director, Public Relations          
SHE Media
Jenni.Ottum@shemedia.com
480.231.4887