Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, JKN Global Group Now Owns The Miss Universe Organization, Miss USA & Miss Teen USA

  • Anne Jakkaphong, The Thai businesswoman and CEO of JKN Global Group paid US$ Twenty Million ($20,000,000) to acqruire IMG's Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA

  • Amy Emmerich and Paula Shugart will continue with the organization as CEO and President, respectively

  • IMG Sells The Miss Universe Organization to Thailand-Based Media Company JKN

  • Thailand Company purchases Miss Universe Organization with leadership intact

  • We look forward to this next chapter in the Miss Universe story: Amy Emmerich

  • The Raine Group acted as exclusive financial advisor to IMG on the transaction. Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal advisor to IMG

  • JKN Acquires Miss Universe Organization including all related licensing

The Board of Directors of JKN Global Group Public Company Limited held on Mon, Jun 17, 2022 has resolved to approve the negotiation in connection with the acquisition of Miss Universe Organization between the Company and IMG Worldwide, LLC which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc. (the “Seller”) with the transaction aggregate value USD 20,000,000 (comprise of this agreement USD 14,000,000 and license agreement USD 6,000,000) which is equivalent to up to THB 800,000,000 (based on the purchase price of up to USD 20,000,000 by determining the foreign currency exchange of Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited as of 27 June 2022 at USD 1 to THB 35.46 together with the forex hedging), and has resolved to approve the authorization of the authorized directors to bind the Company or any person assigned by the said authorized directors to bind the Company to have the authority to negotiate and determine terms and conditions, perform any acts necessary and appropriate for the acquisition of Miss Universe Organization including an entry into shares sale and purchase agreement and any relevant documents, and perform any acts necessary and appropriate for such matter.

At present, the Company has reached an agreement with the Seller and has entered into the shares sale and purchase agreement which has the conditions precedent in relation to the acquisition of Miss Universe and the Company has fully paid the purchase price as the consideration of the acquisition of Miss Universe Organization in accordance with the payment term under the shares sale and purchase agreement on 25 October 2022.

NEW YORK, (): IMG, an Endeavor company and global leader in events, media, sports and fashion, today announced it has sold The Miss Universe Organization (MUO), the global organization overseeing the annual MISS UNIVERSE competition, to Thailand-based JKN Global Media Public Company Limited.

Since joining the IMG family in 2015, the organization and its global reach have grown tremendously. Today, the MISS UNIVERSE competition is broadcast in 165 countries and is the most-watched female-focused event in the world. The event is also one of the most tweeted about events annually, and its social media channels have more than 23 million followers combined.

“We are proud of our team’s success growing and expanding the Miss Universe Organization by utilizing the power of the Endeavor network, drawing on expertise across talent, digital, content, partnerships and licensing,” said Mark Shapiro, President, Endeavor. “We’re equally proud of the progress the organization has made in becoming a more inclusive and powerful platform where women can advance both their business objectives and their cause-based work.”

“We look forward to this next chapter in the Miss Universe story,” remarked Amy Emmerich, CEO, MUO. “In the short time I’ve been with the organization, I’ve seen firsthand the passion of our employees, franchisees, and partners, as well as our incredible community. Paula and I see tremendous opportunity with JKN to create further growth for this organization on the global stage and women around the world. Despite having recently celebrated the organization’s legacy of more than 70 years, we are just getting started.”

“We are incredibly honored to be acquiring The Miss Universe Organization and working with its visionary leadership team,” said Anne Jakapong Jakrajutatip, CEO, JKN Global Group. “The global reach of the Organization, its relationships with global partners and brands, and its wealth of content, licensing, and merchandising opportunities make this a strong, strategic addition to our portfolio. We seek not only to continue its legacy of providing a platform to passionate individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and traditions, but also to evolve the brand for the next generation.”

About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor (NYSE: EDR), a global sports and entertainment company.

About The Miss Universe Organization
The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) exists to advocate for a future forged by women and good for all. It is a global community that supports women to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success. MISS UNIVERSE® programs provide the 10,000 women who participate annually an international platform to affect positive change through influential humanitarian and professional efforts. The delegates and titleholders are leaders and role models in their communities; they develop personal and professional goals, and inspire others to do the same. To learn more, visit www.missuniverse.com.

About JKN Global Media Public Company Limited
JKN Global Group Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries are a group of companies that engage in the business of providing services and distributing copyrighted content that has received huge ratings on various television stations and created phenomenal success by taking the company into the Stock Exchange of Thailand under the name JKN. Our name stands for Jakapong Network, which is the name of our Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Jakapong Jakrajutatip. JKN Global Group Public Company Limited also sells goods and products as well as commercial time through JKN18 digital TV channel. Our goal is to become a major content commerce company.

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