YouTube network Maker Studios valued at $500M?

Disney acquisition talks with YouTube programmer Maker Studios could value it at $500 million or more, according to a report by Recode.

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Maker Studios could be valued at $500 million or more based on takeover discussions Disney is holding with the YouTube network, according to a report by Recode.

No deal is certain, Recode reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A representative for Maker Studios said the company doesn't comment on rumor or speculation, and Disney didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

YouTube multichannel networks appear to be a hot commodity lately, with news of a soaring valuation for Maker coming a day after Machinima, a company that produces gaming videos, disclosed Warner Bros. led an $18 million financing round. However, both Maker and Machinima have laid off workers in the last year, hinting at the difficulty of forging a new form of video content business on one's own.

Maker says it garners more than 4.5 billion monthly views and 340 million subscribers.

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Joan E. Solsman is a senior writer for CNET focused on digital media. She previously wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. She bikes to get almost everywhere in New York City and has been doored only once.

 

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