Here’s AdExchanger’s list of the major investments, acquisitions and fundraising in digital publishing this year.
January: Daily Mail acquires Elite Daily for close to $50 million
March: PlayBuzz, a quiz platform for publishers, raises $16 million in Series B funding
April: Refinery29 raises $50 million in Series D financing from Scripps Networks Interactive.
May: PureWow raises $2.5 million as lifestyle site’s audience triples.
July: Zealot Networks acquires ViralNova for $100 million.
July: Nikkei buys Financial Times for $1.3 billion
August: NBCUniversal invests $200 million in Vox Media, another $200 million in BuzzFeed.
September: MoviePilot raises $16 million in Series B financing from French publisher Webedia.
September: Media General buys Meredith for $2.4 billion. (The deal still hasn’t closed yet while Meredith evaluates an unsolicited bid.)
September: Axel Springer buys Business Insider for $390 million.
October: Time Inc. buys HelloGiggles for $20 million to $30 million, and a week later it buys xoJane.
October: IBM buys The Weather Co.’s digital business (though data, not advertising, was the bigger draw).
December: Disney doubles investment in Vice Media, adding $200 million for a $400 million investment
December: Tribune Media invests $25 million in viral publisher Dose Media, a Series B round.