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Vice edges closer to Refinery29 deal


By John Glenday, Reporter

October 2, 2019 | 2 min read

Vice Media has inched closer to a widely heralded takeover of Refinery29 amid reports that both parties have reached broad agreement on terms.

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Vice edges closer to Refinery29 deal

Reports in The Wall Street Journal suggest an unspecified cash and stock deal has been drafted that would bring a significant female-leaning digital media empire under the Vice fold, a process that would see at least some of Refinery29’s leadership team carry on their roles within the enlarged business.

A tie-up has long been on the cards between the pair, which are seen as a good fit both for their differing audience profiles and Refinery29’s additional advertising, content licensing and events revenue streams.

Cementing this enthusiasm is the fact that both businesses are on a firm financial footing with revenues rising and losses falling, although a deal is by no means guaranteed.

Last month Vice appointed a new global leadership team comprising Rob Newlan as global president, Krystle Watler as managing director, North America, and Simon Mogren as US executive creative director.

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