Company Brings Together MRC Data, Alpha Data and Variety Business Intelligence
LOS ANGELES – October 22, 2020 – Leading independent media and entertainment companies MRC and Penske Media Corporation (PMC) announced today a new joint venture to bring together their respective data businesses. The newly formed company combines MRC Data (formerly Nielsen Music), Alpha Data and Variety Business Intelligence, with MRC and PMC sharing equal ownership and control. The announcement, effective today with a transition period through early-2021, was made by MRC CEOs Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk and PMC CEO Jay Penske. Current MRC Data President Deanna Brown will serve as interim head, overseeing day-to-day operations.
“As we compete with industry titans who have an arsenal of data at their fingertips, we’re proud our businesses represent the trusted independent source known for delivering comprehensive, timely, and accurate data in entertainment,” said Penske, Satchu and Wiczyk. “Data transparency must be a critical component of our industry and our society’s future, and this new company will leverage our collective data products, people, and expertise to provide solutions for the global entertainment community.”
The key highlights of the new company include:
Established in 2019 through the acquisition of Nielsen Music, MRC Data is a leading global provider of data and analytics to the entertainment and music industry and consumers. MRC Data services all digital service providers (DSPs), labels, airplay, and music retailers. MRC Data includes Billboard charts, which first launched in 1940. Known as the industry standard, the Billboard charts encompass the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. MRC Data products include Music Connect, Broadcast Data Systems and Music360, which collectively capture and represent the most robust dataset related to music sales, performance, artist activity, and consumer engagement. MRC Data recently unveiled its global Music Connect product, which powers the new Global Billboard Charts.
Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle, is the world’s premiere music-analytics tool and daily-reporting service. Alpha Data+, the subscription tool and service, is widely used by the music industry for its daily, of-the-moment charts, powerful filter sets and global enterprise data solutions. Alpha Data powers the Rolling Stone charts, which launched in July 2019. Alpha Data recently announced a forthcoming cloud application to enhance user experience with lightning-fast feeds.
Variety Business Intelligence (VBI) is the entertainment industry’s premiere metadata provider for filmed content across the US and international. VBI oversees Variety Insight, the leading entertainment research and information platform, and a familiarity and appeal metric, Vscore. The division also oversees the Variety Archives, which encompasses Variety’s editorial content from 1905 to the present. VBI was created when Variety acquired TVtracker, the leading research and data solution in the TV industry in 2011.
PMC and MRC previously announced the formation of PMRC Holdings, a joint venture bringing together The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Vibe and Music Business Worldwide. It also announced a content partnership to produce television, film and other formats whereby MRC will access the intellectual property across the portfolio of PMRC brands.
The financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
MRC is a diversified global entertainment company with divisions including Film, Television, Live & Alternative and Non-Fiction as well as joint ventures in data and publishing. MRC Television is the largest and most award-winning independent TV studio in North America. MRC Live & Alternative is the largest producer and proprietor of live-event entertainment programming broadcasts worldwide. MRC Film and Non Fiction source, develop, finance, and produce critically-acclaimed films, docuseries and feature documentaries. MRC and PMC have formed a publishing joint venture and a strategic content partnership with brands The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Vibe and Music Business Worldwide. MRC and PMC’s data venture brings together MRC Data, Alpha Data and Variety Business Intelligence. MRC owns a majority stake in Civic Center Media, A-Major Media and has minority investments in A24, Fulwell 73, Sugar23 and T-Street. For more information on MRC Entertainment™ please visit: www.mrcentertainment.com.
PMC is a leading independent global media and information services company whose award-winning content attracts a passionate monthly audience of more than 310 million. Since 2004, Penske Media has been a pioneer in digital media and a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens across its ever-growing constellation of iconic brands, which includes Deadline, Variety, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, VIBE, WWD, SHE Media, Robb Report, Sportico, BGR, ARTnews, Art in America, Fairchild Media, and Spy.com, among many others. PMC’s journalists and content creators deliver daily the most comprehensive news and information in their industries and areas of coverage, unequaled in ambition, depth and courage. Headquartered in New York and Los Angeles with additional offices in 14 countries worldwide, PMC believes companies should not only be profitable but also forces for good. To learn more about PMC, our 2% Foundation, and our portfolio of brands, please visit www.PMC.com.