Here’s who could be buying Martha Stewart’s media empire


Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia [fortune-stock symbol=”MSO”] is in talks to be acquired by New York’s Sequential Brands [fortune-stock symbol=”SQBG”], The Wall Street Journalreported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The sale could be announced in the next few days, according to the report.

Shares of the company were halted briefly on the New York Stock Exchange, having jumped as much as 23% on the news, bringing the company’s value to $356 million, CNBC reported.

Stewart, a lifestyle icon, founded the company in 1997 in New York. Daniel Dienst is the current CEO and was hired in 2013 to try and save the struggling business.

In October, Martha Stewart Living entered a 10-year deal with magazine publisher Meredith, which took over ad sales, circulation, and production of its Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines.

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