WPP invests in Fatherly
WPP announces that it is taking a minority stake in IR Media Ventures Corp. Fatherly, a digital media company producing content for millennial parents in the US.
Fatherly’s advertising and branded-content clients include Johnson & Johnson, Mattel, Inc. and the New York Life Insurance Company. Fatherly is based in New York and employs approximately 40 people. It was founded in 2015. Other investors in the Series A round include BDMI, the investment arm of Bertelsmann, Crosslink, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, SoftTechVC and the United Talent Agency.
Fatherly has worked with over 100 brands to date, developing and distributing native advertising, custom videos and custom branded content. It has created franchise series such as 940 Weekends, which is a reference to the number of weekends parents have to spend with their children between birth and the age of 18, My Father The…, a series of interviews with the sons and daughters of famous men, and its upcoming Father of the Year awards.
The investment continues WPP's strategy of focusing on three key areas that differentiate the Group's offering to clients: technology, data and content. The Group has invested in digital content companies like Russell Simmons' All Def Digital, Fullscreen, Gimlet, Indigenous Media, Imagina (a content rights and media company based in Spain), MRC, Mic, Mitú, Refinery29, Uproxx Media Group and VICE.
WPP's roster of wholly owned digital agencies include AKQA, Blue State Digital, Essence, F.biz, Mirum, POSSIBLE, Triad Retail Media, VML and Wunderman.