Why Media IP Refused to Die in 2023


Final week, within the waning days of the 12 months, media firm Actually Media acquired way of life writer Mel Journal from Recurrent Ventures, including the previously dormant title to its rising secure of comedy manufacturers.

In dusting off the shuttered writer, Actually Media supplied a becoming finish to a 12 months outlined by the dying, and subsequent resurrection, of almost one-dozen beloved media titles. 

Mel joins solely Gawker—which folded in February, solely to be acquired as soon as extra in November—in sharing the doubtful distinction of getting been resurrected now on three separate events. 

However each be part of a bigger group of publishers, together with Jezebel, Splinter, Paper Journal and Vice Media, that returned from the lifeless this 12 months. Others, together with i-D Journal, NowThis, Saveur, Examine Corridor and Advanced Media, additionally skilled reincarnations of types over the previous 12 months. Final 12 months, two such properties—Creem and The New York Solar—loved related resuscitations.

“At this level, the extent to which a writer can speak an advertiser right into a direct deal hinges upon them having an especially high quality product and a model that its viewers cares about deeply,” Insider Intelligence media analyst Max Willens stated. 

At a time of unprecedented volatility within the media trade, the development displays the heightened worth of brand name fairness, stated Willens. With referral site visitors from social platforms and serps dwindling, the significance of an outlined model and a preexisting viewers has solely grown.

For media corporations, resurrecting these distressed manufacturers lets them import their readership and model id, moderately than having to construct them from scratch. In a saturated media ecosystem, that recognizability is a bonus—nonetheless slight—within the combat for client consideration and advertiser budgets.

Cut price costs on legacy titles

The previous 12 months has confirmed traditionally difficult for the media trade, as a pullback in promoting spend, mixed with broader financial components, triggered layoffs and closures that affected publishers throughout classes.

In a bid to generate money and cut back bills, these circumstances compelled media corporations to pare down their portfolios by promoting or shuttering floundering titles. For the few patrons able to capitalize on the scenario, the market grew to become ripe with legacy publications promoting at low cost costs.

Paste Journal took benefit of the scenario, snapping up Jezebel and Splinter from G/O Media in November. 

Likewise, Caldecott Music Group purchased Gawker from Bustle Digital Group, which had shelved the writer earlier within the 12 months, and Road Media took in Paper Journal in September following its abrupt closure in April.