Fandom Acquires Red Ventures’ Entertainment Properties, Including TV Guide and Metacritic

Fandom Oct. 3 announced it is acquiring select entertainment properties from Red Ventures, including GameSpot, Metacritic, TV Guide, GameFAQs, Giant Bomb, Cord Cutters News and Comic Vine. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Red Ventures continues to own CNET Media Group, which it acquired from the former ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global) for $500 million in 2020.

Charlotte, Va.-based Fandom expects to add the acquired gaming, movie and TV brands’ combined 46 million monthly average users (MAUs) to its existing 300 million MAU’s, 250,000 Wiki communities and 40 million pages of content.

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With the addition of these gaming, movie and TV platforms, Fandom expects to extend its programs for advertising partners — including game publishers, studios and streaming video services.

“In addition to creating exceptional fan experiences, these platforms will add to our data offering … [and] will help improve the consumer experience as well as make our commerce and advertising businesses more impactful,” Perkins Miller, CEO of Fandom, said in a statement.

This deal marks another page in Fandom’s growth trajectory. In 2018, Fandom acquired ScreenJunkies to bolster its entertainment and news coverage. The company acquired Curse Media in 2019, which combined video gaming wikis digital gaming tools. In 2021, Fandom acquired Fanatical, an e-commerce video game retailer, which strengthened the company’s footprint in gaming.

LionTree served as exclusive financial advisor to Red Ventures on the transaction.

Study: Phase 4 of Marvel Cinematic Universe Least Favorite

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the least-favorite MCU phase so far, according to critical scores identified in a new study.

The findings come from the Critic Ratings Study, which analyzed the film ratings across three popular review platforms — Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb. 

The study found that films and TV shows featured in Phase 4 — starting with “WandaVision” and running through to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — are proving the least popular with fans so far, when compared with Phase 3, Phase 2 and Phase 1.

In fact, when compared to Phase 3 of the MCU (starting with Captain America: Civil War and ending with Spider-Man: Far From Home), Phase 4 has reported a 22% drop in ratings. 

Still, Phase 4 includes the highest-rated MCU film so far, Spider-Man: No Way Home (8.8/10), but it’s Eternals that pulls the average score down considerably as the lowest-rated film in the MCU to date (5.7/10). 

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Of the TV shows included in Phase 4, the highest-rated was “WandaVision,” while fans weren’t so keen on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” or “Hawkeye.”

MCU Phases, best to worst:

  1. Phase 3 (Captain America: Civil War to Spider-Man: Far From Home)
  2. Phase 2 (Iron Man 3 to Ant-Man)
  3. Phase 1 (Iron Man to Marvel’s The Avengers)
  4. Phase 4 (“WandaVision” to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)

 

Phase 3 was the highest-rated period of Marvel films, with each film featured reporting an impressive average critic score of 7.9/10. 

Highest-rated MCU films, by cumulative IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (8.8/10)
  2. Avengers: Endgame (8.6/10)
  3. Iron Man (8.6/10)
  4. Avengers: Infinity War (8.5/10)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy (8.5/10)