Industrial Media, LLC, formerly CKX, Inc., and later CORE Media Group, Inc., is an American company founded on February 7, 2005 that owns and develops entertainment content and intellectual property.
|Founded||February 7, 2005 (United States)|
|Defunct||30 May 2016|
|Headquarters||6007 Sepulveda Blvd.|
Van Nuys, CA
|Dennis Miller, Chairman|
Eli Holzman, CEO
Aaron Saidman, President
Scott Frosch, CFO
|Products||entertainment content, intellectual property services, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance|
|Owner||Crestview Partners, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, United Talent Agency|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||19 Entertainment, Sharp Entertainment, B-17 Entertainment, The Intellectual Property Corporation|
The "C" and "K" in "CKX" stood for "Content is King", representing the focus of the company's business strategy to acquire established content, and then to improve, enhance and develop the marketing of such content. The "X" takes an initial of founder Robert F.X. Sillerman, and is a trademark of many Sillerman companies, such as "SFX Entertainment" and "FXM Asset Management"
Before its founding in 2005, and during a period from 1986 to August 2002, the company operated a franchise of golf equipment, formerly known as Sports Entertainment Enterprises. In August 2002 the company sold all of its former assets. From September 2002 to February 2005, the company's main priority was to pursue a transaction with a business enterprise.
As a result, it began building a stake in the image rights of boxer Muhammad Ali. In 2005, it bought British company 19 Entertainment from Simon Fuller, who subsequently joined the company's board. With the purchase, the company acquired a majority share of the rights to the Idol series, including American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as Pop Idol in Great Britain and numerous other international versions. Later that year it bought an entertainment agency, with artists on its roster such as Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Woody Allen. In 2005, the company bought 85% of the rights to the name, image and likeness of Elvis Presley, and the operations of Graceland, from the trust of Lisa Marie Presley.
In 2007, Fuller and Sillerman launched a takeover bid for CKX, valuing it at $1.3bn or $13.75 per share, but their attempt failed due to its timing coinciding with the start of the Global Credit Crunch.
In February 2010, Sillerman resigned from CKX. Still holding 21% of the shares, he began working with One Equity Partners on a $550m-$560m takeover bid. In May, Fuller teamed up with former Barclays Capital executive Roger Jenkins, creating a $1Bn fund. They propose as their first purchase CKX, at a bid level of $600m. On the current share price, CKX is valued at $395m, with $101m of debt and $55m of cash at the end of first quarter 2010.
CKX was renamed CORE Media Group in May 2012.
On November 19, 2013, it was announced that CORE Media Group had sold its stake in Elvis Presley Enterprises and Muhammad Ali Enterprises.
As a result of bankruptcy in 2016, CORE transferred assets to a new corporation, NEG Holdings LLC, which does business as CORE Media Group.
Industrial Media works with and has created shows for many major television networks. As CORE Media Group, they created the game-show Caraoke Showdown, along with Alevy Productions. The series aired in 2017 on Spike and was hosted by comedian and actor Craig Robinson. CORE recently created the wildlife animal rescue series Vet Gone Wild for Animal Planet, which began airing June 10th, 2018. The show features veterinarian Dr. Chris Brown, well known for his Australian Vet Series Bondi Vet.
In March 2019, Industrial Media announced an overall deal with nonfiction production company Momentum Content. 
Assets and holdingsEdit
Industrial Media's assets and holdings at present included:
- 19 Entertainment – acquired from Simon Fuller in 2005 for $200 million. 19 owns, among other things, a share of the rights to the Idol series, including Pop Idol in Great Britain, American Idol in the United States, and numerous other international versions, and So You Think You Can Dance in the United States.
- Sharp Entertainment – acquired 2012
- B17 Entertainment – acquired 2013
- The Wall – game show airing on NBC since 2017
- The Intellectual Property Corporation – acquired 2018
- Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson (May 28, 2010). "'American Idol' creator planning bid for CKX". Financial Times. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
- "CKx, Inc." Affiliate of Apollo Global Management Completes Acquisition of CKX, Inc. Archived March 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine ir.ckx.com Retrieved on April 19, 2012
- CKx Rebrands Itself As Core Media, Adds To Management Team Under Marc Graboff
- 21st Century Fox & Apollo In Joint Venture Talks For Shine, Endemol And CORE Media NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor deadline.com, Retrieved on May 18, 2014
- Otterson, Joe; Otterson, Joe (August 6, 2018). "CORE Media Acquires Intellectual Property Corp., Relaunches as Industrial Media". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
- Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (August 6, 2018). "Core Media Acquires The Intellectual Property Corp; Relaunches As Industrial Media With IPC CEO Eli Holzman At Helm". Deadline. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
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- https://deadline.com/2019/03/momentum-content-overall-deal-industrial-media-christina-douglas-anna-snead-eli-holzman-1202578700/. Missing or empty
- Core Media acquires Sharp reality shop