By  on June 24, 2010

There’s clearly money in teen angst and vampires. An investment group led by ZelnickMedia has agreed to acquire Alloy Inc., the company that produces “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries,” for $126.5 million. The cash transaction, at $9.80 a share, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Members of Alloy’s senior management will exchange an as-yet undisclosed portion of their Alloy shares for an equity interest in ZelnickMedia. Shares of Alloy Thursday closed at $9.51, up 10.7 percent.

Alloy co-founders Matt Diamond and Jim Johnson, chief executive officer and chief operating officer, respectively, will continue to run the company. Geraldine Laybourne, founder of Oxygen Media, will serve as chairman. Bill Jemas, former chief operating officer of Marvel Entertainment, will sit on Alloy’s board.

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