54 Trending Media Company Businesses [2024]

Updated: July 24th, 2023
Start A Media Company

A media company is a business with professional editors and writers that create and publish content periodically. Media companies distribute content in different forms, including video, audio, and video.

To start a media company, determine the kind and size of the audience you are targeting. Then, create catchy content your potential audience will want to share or invite their friends to checkout.

Remember, quality content is nothing without a high-quality underlying platform. The content distribution platform should be easily accessible to your audience. Otherwise, your media company will not deliver quality results.

Looking for some examples of a media company?

Interested in case studies of a successful media company? Check out our full list of success stories.

1. Netflix

Watch Netflix movies & TV shows online or stream right to your smart TV, game console, PC, Mac, mobile, tablet and more.

Where they're located: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Website traffic: 2.48B/month

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2. BBC

Breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more. The BBC informs, educates and entertains - wherever you are, whatever your age.

Where they're located: Fontana, California, USA
Website traffic: 521M/month

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Learn more about starting a media company:

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4. WSJ

Breaking news and analysis from the U.S. and around the world at WSJ.com. Politics, Economics, Markets, Life & Arts, and in-depth reporting.

Where they're located: San Francisco, California, USA
Website traffic: 77.9M/month

5. DW.COM

News, off-beat stories and analysis of German and international affairs. Dive deeper with our features from Europe and beyond. Watch our 24/7 TV stream.

Where they're located: Ngambé-Tikar, Centre, Cameroon
Website traffic: 63.6M/month

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6. Investor's Business Daily

Where they're located: Los Angeles, California, USA
Website traffic: 13.1M/month

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7. TheBlaze

Where they're located: Irving, Texas, USA
Website traffic: 13.7M/month

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8. MediaPost

MediaPost Publications is an on-line publishing resource for all advertising media professionals - TV, cable, radio, print, interactive, agencies, buyers, and reps - providing news, articles and commentary.

Website traffic: 420K/month

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9. TheWrap

The Essential Voice in Entertainment News. The Wrap News is the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media.

Where they're located: Boise, Idaho, USA
Website traffic: 7.36M/month

10. Social Media News

                The latest news, trends, and tips in social media.

Where they're located: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Website traffic: 1.1M/month

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11. Media.net

Media.net is a leading online ad-tech company that develops innovative products for advertisers and publishers. With over 800+ employees, Media.net is one of top 5 ad-tech companies by market-cap globally.

Website traffic: 4.71M/month

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12. Mediaocean

Mediaocean develops and provides advertising software and computing services for advertising agencies, media owners, advertisers, television networks and more.

Website traffic: 390K/month

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13. Social Media Examiner

We help millions of marketers discover how to best use social media marketing to connect with customers, generate awareness, and increase sales.

Website traffic: 1.19M/month

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14. Devex

Devex is the media platform for the global development community.

Website traffic: 930K/month

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A global leader in marketing communications, Omnicom provides brand and advertising services to over 5,000 clients in over 100 countries.

Where they're located: Guarantã do Norte, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Website traffic: 290K/month

16. WPP is a creative transformation company

WPP is a creative transformation company. We use the power of creativity to build better futures for our people, clients and communities.

Website traffic: 350K/month

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17. Media Matters for America

Website traffic: 820K/month

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Mediacom’s Internet, TV, Phone, and cable services deliver the best in home entertainment from your most trusted internet and cable provider.

Where they're located: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Website traffic: 1.73M/month

19. Mediabistro

Website traffic: 250K/month

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20. WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is comprised of HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. Together, these business units are leaders in the industry in creating premium content, operate one of the world’s largest TV and film studios and own a vast library of entertainment content. WarnerMedia is one of four distinct business units operating under AT&T Inc.

Where they're located: Manhattan Community Board 1, New York, USA
Website traffic: 560K/month

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21. LIVEKINDLY

The latest vegan news and plant based recipes and resources - worldwide. Including topics on food, health, sustainable living and cruelty-free beauty and fashion.

Where they're located: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Current team size: 17
Website traffic: 560K/month

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22. GroupM

GroupM is the world’s leading media investment company. We make advertising work better for people.

Where they're located: Manhattan Community Board 1, New York, USA
Website traffic: 140K/month

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23. iHeartMedia, Inc.

America's #1 Audio Company - Reaching 9 out of 10 Americans every month

Where they're located: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Website traffic: 200K/month

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24. BeautyMatter

How much they make:
Where they're located: New York, NY, USA
How much did it cost to start: $100K
Current team size: 5

25. Immediate Media Co.

The special interest content & platform company

Website traffic: 290K/month

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26. Gannett

As the new Gannett, we exist to make communities stronger. As an award-winning news organization, we inform and empower our communities.

Where they're located: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Website traffic: 120K/month

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27. Starter Story

Starter Story interviews successful entrepreneurs and shares the stories behind their businesses. In each interview, we ask how they got started, how they grew, and how they run their business today.

How much they make: $1.09M/year
Where they're located: New York, New York, USA
How much did it cost to start: $100
Current team size: 6
Website traffic: 890K/month

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How I Built Starter Story

Starter Story grew to 1.4 million monthly visitors and $500,000 in annual revenue, and offers frameworks for growing your own site.

About
Pat started Starter Story over 6 years ago
Revenue
Pat grew the business to $91K/month
Costs
It cost Pat $100 to start the business
Read by 49,900 founders

28. IDG

From business technologists to enthusiasts, IDG’s mission is to help our global audience make the smartest tech purchasing decisions.

Where they're located: Washington D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
Website traffic: 130K/month

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29. Scripps

Creating a Better-Informed World. The E.W. Scripps Company believes we do well by doing good — informing and engaging the audiences we serve.

Where they're located: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

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30. IAC

Headquartered in New York City, IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) is home to more than 150 digital products and brands used by people all over the world

31. MediaCom

At MediaCom, we believe in People First, Better Results. We help people, brands and businesses unlock their growth potential through media.

Where they're located: Jahra, Kuwait
Website traffic: 140K/month

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32. Initiative

Initiative is a full service global media agency built to grow brands through culture. The agency’s approach to rapidly interpreting and activating on cultural data signals – Cultural Velocity ™ – creates relevant, long-lasting consumer connections that drive business results.

Where they're located: Los Angeles, California, USA

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33. Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

As the largest TV station operator in the U.S. reaching nearly 39 percent of households, Nexstar Media Group offers unrivaled audience access and influence.

Where they're located: Buffalo, New York, USA
Website traffic: 50K/month

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34. Full-Service Digital Marketing, Brand Development Agency

Award-Winning Full-Service Marketing Company. Full Service Digital Marketing Agency, Traditional Marketing, and Brand Development. We Grow Brands Fast.

Where they're located: Manhattan Community Board 1, New York, USA

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35. NAPCO Media

NAPCO Media specializes in the creation and cross-channel distribution of exceptional content. Simply put - We connect our clients to their audience.

Where they're located: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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36. OutFront Media

Learn why OUTFRONT Media is your connection to the best assets, audiences, innovation, and people in the advertising business.

Where they're located: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA

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37. Igniter Media

All-in-One Church Media & Graphics Resource | Unlimited Memberships or A La Carte Purchases | Church Mini-Movies & Videos, Sermon Series & Announcement Title Graphics, Worship Motion & Still Backgrounds, Countdown Timers, Social Media Graphics, Ultra-Wide Graphics, and Worship Song Lyric Graphics.

Website traffic: 130K/month

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38. - The largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the country today

The largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the country today

Where they're located: Henderson, Nevada, United States
Website traffic: 60K/month

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39. HiMedia Leading BioSciences Company

HiMedia Laboratories is one of the world leaders in microbiology. We manufacture advanced high quality products in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Animal Cell Culture & Plant Tissue Culture.

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40. Xaxis

Xaxis transforms digital media into business outcomes. We maximize the ROI of our clients' digital media investments by combining purpose-built AI, advanced cross-channel solutions, and dedicated programmatic expertise to develop and optimize to success metrics that connect directly to their business goals.

Website traffic: 80K/month

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41. Bonnier Corporation

Bonnier Corporation is one of the largest special interest publishing groups in America.

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42. Fin vs Fin

Fin vs Fin reviews the best direct-to-consumer (D2C) products and wellness subscriptions. Discover and compare all the best new wellness brands with our curated lists and in-depth reviews.

How much they make: $480K/year
Where they're located: Santa Monica, California, USA
How much did it cost to start: $0
Current team size: 10

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How I Grew My 'Dumb Blog' To A Portfolio That Generates $70K Profit/Month

Learn how the founder of Fin vs Fin turned a "dumb side project" into a profitable media business generating $70k in profit per month, by committing to creating a "dumb blog" and consistently experimenting with strategies to attract and retain customers.

About
Alex started Fin vs Fin about 5 years ago
Revenue
Alex grew the business to $40K/month
Read by 6,296 founders

43. MrBeast YouTube Channel

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

How much they make:
Where they're located: Wichita, KS, USA

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44. PR Newswire

PR Newswire’s news distribution, targeting, monitoring and marketing solutions help you connect and engage with target audiences across the globe.

How much they make:
Where they're located: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Website traffic: 8.34M/month

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45. Entrepreneur's Handbook

How to succeed in entrepreneurship; feat. founder stories, design articles, and startup deep dives that inspire your entrepreneurial journey.

Where they're located: Bel Air, MD, USA
How much did it cost to start: $0
Current team size: 0
Website traffic: 730K/month

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How I Grew My Medium Publication to 70,000 Followers

Entrepreneur's Handbook is a successful Medium publication with over 68,000 followers, and founder Dave Schools has generated revenue through branded partnerships, advertorials, and members-only content.

About
Dave started Entrepreneur's Handbook over 9 years ago
Revenue
Dave grew the business to $/month
Read by 5,245 founders

46. The College Investor

The College Investor helps millennials get out of student loan debt to start investing, building passive income, and wealth for the future.

How much they make:
Where they're located: El Cajon, CA, USA
Current team size: 2

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47. YourAverageTechBro

TikTok - trends start here. On a device or on the web, viewers can watch and discover millions of personalized short videos. Download the app to get started.

How much they make: $30K/year
How much did it cost to start: $0
Current team size: 1

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How I Grew A Niche TikTok Account To 155K Followers

Dohyun Kim shares his journey starting as a software engineer on YouTube and pivoting into short-form content on TikTok and Instagram with 155,000 followers and 11,000 subscribers, currently averaging $3000/month across ad money, sponsored content, and course sales.

About
Dohyun started YourAverageTechBro over 3 years ago
Revenue
Dohyun grew the business to $2.5K/month
Read by 2,922 founders

48. Medium

Medium is an open platform where readers find dynamic thinking, and where expert and undiscovered voices can share their writing on any topic.

How much they make:
Where they're located: San Francisco, California, United States
Current team size: 5288
Website traffic: 165M/month

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49. VaynerMedia

A full service digital agency built for the now. We drive business outcomes via best in class creative, media, influencer marketing & everything in between.

Where they're located: Manhattan Community Board 1, New York, USA

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51. WWE

The official home of the latest WWE news, results and events. Get breaking news, photos, and video of your favorite WWE Superstars.

Where they're located: La Cautiva, Córdoba, Argentina
Website traffic: 12.2M/month

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52. Man of Many

Australia's Largest Men's Lifestyle Site. The latest in gear, fashion, tech, cars, style, products, sneakers, travel, whisky, culture & more.

How much they make: $4.8M/year
Where they're located: Sydney NSW, Australia
How much did it cost to start: $20K
Current team size: 14
Website traffic: 3.25M/month

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Growing To $4M/Year With A Men's Lifestyle Blog [Bootstrapped]

This case study article follows the journey of Man of Many, one of the world's largest men's lifestyle sites, which has grown from a part-time hobby to a leading media brand with over 2 million monthly readers and $4M in annual revenue through a dedicated content strategy and organic growth.

About
Scott started Man of Many about 11 years ago
Revenue
Scott grew the business to $400K/month
Costs
It cost Scott $20000 to start the business
Read by 2,993 founders

53. Side Hustle Nation

Side Hustle Nation is a growing community of current and former part-time entrepreneurs earning financial independence through small business. Join us!

How much they make: $420K/year
Where they're located: Sammamish, WA, USA
How much did it cost to start: $250
Current team size: 1
Website traffic: 510K/month

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How I Built A $420K/Year Content Business Helping People Make Extra Money

Millions of people have turned to Side Hustle Nation since 2013 for realistic ways to make extra cash, with the podcast reaching over 23 million downloads and the website welcoming millions of visitors yearly.

About
Nick started Side Hustle Nation over 10 years ago
Revenue
Nick grew the business to $35K/month
Costs
It cost Nick $250 to start the business
Read by 3,282 founders

54. Blavity News & Politics

Blavity is a tech company for forward thinking Black millennials pushing the boundaries of culture and the status quo.

Website traffic: 810K/month