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Industry Internet
Founded 1995
Headquarters IAC Building
New York City, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Barry Diller
(Chairman and Senior Executive)
Products Interactive Online
Revenue Increase $3.02 billion as of 2013
Increase $ 426.2 million as of 2013
Increase $ 285.8 million as of 2013
Total assets Increase $ 4.23 billion as of 2013
Total equity Increase $ 1.73 billion as of 2013
Number of employees
4,000 as of January 2014
Website http://www.iac.com

IAC/InterActiveCorp (also known as IAC) is an American media and Internet company, with over 150 brands across 100 countries.[1] It is headquartered in New York City.[2] The Chairman and Senior Executive is Barry Diller,[3][4] who was previously head of Paramount Pictures, Fox Broadcasting, and USA Broadcasting.


1980s and 90s[edit]

IAC was incorporated in 1986 under the name Silver King Broadcasting Company, as a subsidiary of the Home Shopping Network. In 1992, Silver King was spun off to Home Shopping Network shareholders as a separately traded public company. In August 1995, Barry Diller bought a controlling stake in Silver King Communications, taking control of the television company as Chairman and CEO.[5] A year later, Silver King Communications and Home Shopping Network merged and acquired a third company, Savoy Pictures Entertainment. The three companies were combined to create HSN, Inc.[6]

HSN, Inc. acquired several assets in the late-1990s. In May 1997, the company acquired a controlling stake in Ticketmaster Group;[7] in February 1998, it acquired the majority of the TV assets from Universal Studios (including USA Networks, Sci-Fi Channel, and Universal Television's domestic production and distribution arms).[8] The company's name was changed to USA Networks, Inc. at this point, after the Universal deal was approved. Continuing its acquisition strategy, the company acquired Match.com in May 1999[9] and the Hotel Reservation Network in June 1999.[10]


In the early-2000s, USA Networks began divesting itself of its traditional television broadcasting and production units. In May 2001, Univision Communications acquired USA Broadcasting - a division of USA Networks including 13 fully owned stations.[11] The following year, 2002, Vivendi bought the rest of USA Networks' broadcast entertainment businesses, including the USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel.[12] This led to the creation of a new entity called Vivendi Universal Entertainment (Barry Diller became the CEO of the newly created company).[13]

Following the shift in focus to online assets, the company changed its name to USA Interactive in May 2002; InterActiveCorp in June 2003; and finally to IAC/InterActiveCorp in July 2004.[14]

In August 2003, IAC acquired the online mortgage comparison site LendingTree,[15] and in September, the company added discount travel website HotWire to its growing list of acquisitions.[16] In October, Transat A.T. Inc. entered into an agreement to sell its French subsidiary Anyway.com to IAC, for an enterprise value of €53 million (approximately CAD$81.6 million, $62.7 million USD).[17]

In 2004 and 2005, IAC continued its growth through acquisition, adding assets including TripAdvisor,[18] ServiceMagic,[19] and AskJeeves.com.[20] It also launched Gifts.com during this period.[21] In August 2005, the company bundled together its travel-related sites, including Expedia, and spun them off as a new publicly traded company on the NASDAQ.[22] Additional acquisitions in 2006 included Shoebuy.com[23] and CollegeHumor.com.[24]

In August 2008, IAC spun off several of its businesses, including: Tree.com (NASDAQTREE), the Home Shopping Network, Ticketmaster, and Interval Leisure Group (NASDAQIILG).[25]


In February 2011, IAC acquired the free-to-contact dating site, OkCupid, for $50 million.[26]

In April 2011, IAC extended the deal with Google to hand over all search advertising on Ask.com and other IAC search products to the search giant, which was worth $3.5 billion in 2007, to end on March 31, 2016.[27]

On February 14, 2012, Barry Diller introduced Aereo, an Internet television service. In March 2012 in New York City, Aereo started streaming all of the broadcast networks to smartphones, tablets and televisions with Internet capability.[28] On June 25, 2014, in a 6-3 Opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Aereo. The Court found that Aereo infringed upon the rights of copyright holders.[29]

On August 26, 2012, IAC acquired About.com from the New York Times.[30]

On August 3, 2013, IAC sold Newsweek to the International Business Times on undisclosed terms.[31]

In November 2013, IAC acquired Investopedia and PriceRunner from ValueClick.[32]

In August, 2014 IAC acquired Ask.fm for an undisclosed sum.[33]

In January , 2015, IAC sold Urbanspoon to Zomato for $52 million.[34]

Sacco incident[edit]

On December 22, 2013, IAC fired their Director of Corporate Communications, Justine Sacco. She became a source of controversy for a tweet linking Africa and AIDS to a racial association that was widely taken to be racist although she quickly asserted it to be a joke in the tweet.[35][36] An IAC spokesperson said the "outrageous, offensive comment" did not reflect the company's "views and values".[37][38] The tweet went 'viral', being re-tweeted and scorned around the world, and swiftly, she was fired for the tweet.[39] Following her dismissal, Sacco issued an unconditional apology through The Star, a South African newspaper.[40]

The incident has since become a byword both for the need for people, especially professionals, to be cautious about what they post on social media,[41] and for a justified action to immediately end a racist practice.[42] Sacco subsequently claimed that her tweet was misinterpreted claiming "Her tweet was supposed to mimic—and mock—what an actual racist, ignorant person would say." [43]


IAC owns a number of companies and websites, including:[44][45]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "IAC/InterActiveCorp | Company profile from Hoover's". Hoovers.com. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  4. ^ "IAC/InterActiveCorp's Stock (IACI) on Yahoo! Finance". Finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  5. ^ "Diller Is Cleared To Take Control of Silver King". 
  6. ^ "Diller's Silver King To Acquire Ailing Savoy". 
  7. ^ "HSN, With 50.%, Has Controlling Stake In Ticketmaster". 
  8. ^ "Barry Diller Is No Visionary, But...". 
  9. ^ "Ticketmaster Agrees to Acquire Match.com". 
  10. ^ "USA Networks to acquire Hotel Reservation Network". 
  11. ^ "U.S. Approved Univision Deal". 
  12. ^ "Vivendi Completes USA Deal". 
  13. ^ "Vivendi Seals $10.3B USA Networks Deal". 
  14. ^ "LendingTree suitor changing name". 
  15. ^ "USA Interactive Is Acquiring LendingTree In Stock Deal". 
  16. ^ "InteractiveCorp to buy Hotwire". 
  17. ^ "Transat announces sale of Anyway.com to IAC/InterActiveCorp". 
  18. ^ "Deals: InterActive Corp to Acquire TripAdvisor". 
  19. ^ "IAC/InterActive Corp Acquires ServiceMagic". 
  20. ^ "AskJeeves Inc to Be Bought for $2 Billion". 
  21. ^ "IAC Launches Gift-Giving Web Site". 
  22. ^ "Spinoff of Expedia Comes at Tough Time for Its Sector". 
  23. ^ "IAC/Interactive acquires online retailer ShoeBuy.com". 
  24. ^ "IAC Buys CollegeHumor.com". 
  25. ^ "IAC: And Then There Were Five". Forbes. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  26. ^ "IAC's Match.com buys rival OKCupid for $50M". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  27. ^ Leena Rao, "IAC Asks For More Google, Please." Techcrunch, April 11, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
  28. ^ Stelter, Brian work=The New York Times (2012-02-14). "New Service Will Stream Local TV Stations in New York". Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  29. ^ Breyer, J (June 2014). "American Broadcasting Company, et al. v. Aereo Inc.". 
  30. ^ "Ask.com Parent To Buy About.com For About $300M". NPR. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  31. ^ "IBT Media to Buy Newsweek from IAC". The Wall Street Journal. August 3, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  32. ^ ValueClick, Inc. Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Owned & Operated Websites Segment
  33. ^ "IAC to acquire Ask.fm, agrees to combat cyberbullying". Big News Network.com. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  34. ^ http://www.vccircle.com/news/technology/2015/01/13/zomato-enters-us-purchase-urbanspoon-around-40-50m
  35. ^ "Obeidallah, Dean, "Think before you tweet" CNN 22 December 2013". Edition.cnn.com. 2013-12-22. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  36. ^ "How to tweet about Africa: the lessons of Justine Sacco, race and sarcasm | Siri Srinivas". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  37. ^ "PR officer Justine Sacco's Aids comment causes twitter storm". British Broadcasting Corporation. December 21, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  38. ^ Flint, Joe (2013-12-21). "PR executive Justine Sacco fired after insensitive tweet goes global". latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  39. ^ O'Connell, Mark, "First Thought, Worst Thought", New Yorker, January 13, 2014
  40. ^ Withnall, Adam (22 December 2013). "PR executive Justine Sacco apologises after losing job over racist Aids ‘joke’ provoked #HasJustineLandedYet Twitter storm". London: The Independent. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  41. ^ Giacomazzo, Bernadette (2014-01-10). ""Top 10 Social Media Rules for Professionals (Hint: Don't Be Like Justine Sacco)" Latin Post, 10 January 2014". Latin Post. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  42. ^ Fleischer, Matthew (2014-01-10). "Fleischer, Matthew, "Give Chief Wahoo the Justine Sacco treatment: Fire the racist mascot", Los Angeles Times, 10 January 2014". Latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  43. ^ http://gawker.com/justine-sacco-is-good-at-her-job-and-how-i-came-to-pea-1653022326
  44. ^ "IAC > Our businesses". Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  45. ^ Big News Today: Ask.com Acquires Ask.fm

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