United Talent Agency’s $125 Million Acquisition of MediaLink

Fried Frank acted as counsel to Ascential plc in the transaction.

Ascential plc finalized its US$125 million sale of MediaLink, a US-based advisory and business services firm, to United Talent Agency. The sale allows Ascential further allocation of capital to areas of the business with strong recurring, data-driven, revenue characteristics, such as the recently acquired, fast-growing digital commerce assets and investments in the Hudson MX platform.

Leading global talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency represents many of the most acclaimed figures across film, television, news, music, sports, speakers, theater, fine art, literature, video games, podcasts and other social and digital content.

MediaLink operates at the intersection of media, marketing, advertising, entertainment and technology, delivering companies the advice, partners and opportunities it needs to enable change and drive actionable solutions.

The Fried Frank team was led by corporate partner Philip Richter (Picture) and included corporate partner Maxwell Yim, antitrust and competition partner Nathaniel L. Asker, executive compensation & ERISA partner Jason R. Ertel, intellectual property and technology partner Amir R. Ghavi, litigation partner Joshua D. Roth, tax partner Michael J. Alter, corporate special counsel David M. McDonald, antitrust and competition special counsel Aleksandr B. Livshits, corporate real estate special counsel Melissa A. Meyrowitz, corporate associate Bradley Russian, antitrust and competition associate Nathaniel Bronstein, executive compensation & ERISA associate P. Ryan Davis, intellectual property and technology associate Kimberly Mihovics, corporate law clerk Noelle Graham, and tax law clerk Kelsey Massey.

Involved fees earner: Michael Alter – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Nathaniel Asker – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Nathaniel Bronstein – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; P. Ryan Davis – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Jason Ertel – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Amir Ghavi – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Aleksandr Livshits – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; David McDonald – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Melissa Meyrowitz – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Kimberly Mihovics – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Philip Richter – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Joshua D. Roth – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Bradley Russian – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Maxwell Yim – Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson;

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