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Google Acquires Anvato to Complement Media Tech. Portfolio

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 08 2016

Google is acquiring Anvato, a provider of video processing functionality for multi-platform content delivery.  The acquisition was announced on the Google Cloud Platform blog by Belwadi Srikanth, Senior Product Manager.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  googlelogo_color_272x92dp

According to SEC filings, Anvato had raised $2.8 million in late 2008.  The Mountain View based company has several high-profile media clients including NBC Universal, Fox Sports, Univision, and Gray TV. Anvato

In the blog post announcing the acquisition, Mr. Srikanth cites the opportunity to participate in the media industry’s transition to over-the-top distribution models and the ongoing adoption of cloud solutions by media organizations.  “With OTT adoption rapidly accelerating, the Cloud Platform and Anvato teams will complement our efforts to enable scalable media processing and workflows in the cloud” writes Mr. Srikanth.

The Media Solutions portion of the Google Cloud Platform website highlights case studies with UK visual effects studio Framestore, US visual effects studio Atomic Fiction, and live video service provider iStreamPlanet (now owned by Turner).  There is overlap in the technology offerings of iStreamPlanet and Anvato, though any move by a cloud provider to offer higher level functionality will necessarily lead to overlap with existing customers.

Since its August 2014 acquisition of ZYNC Render, the Google Cloud Platform has been active in the post-production vertical.  At the 2016 NAB Show, Autodesk and Google announced integration between ZYNC and Autodesk’s Maya, a software video effects tool for animation, modeling, and rendering.  Maya users can offload rendering tasks, as needed, to the Google ZYNC Rendering service running on the Google Cloud Platform.  ZYNC pricing is consumption based and begins at $0.60 per machine hour.

Interestingly, prior to its acquisition by Google, ZYNC had been optimized to run on Amazon Web Services.

Anvato’s CEO Alper Turgut posted a message about the acquisition on the Company’s blog.  “We are thrilled to bring together Anvato with the scale and power of Google Cloud Platform to provide the industry’s best offering for OTT and mobile video. This will allow us to supercharge our capabilities, accelerate the pace of innovation, and deliver tomorrow’s video solutions faster, enabling media companies to better serve their customers” said Mr. Turgut.


Related Content:

Google Cloud Platform Blog Post on Acquisition

Press Release: Anvato Joins Google



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SES Completes Acquisition of RR Media; Renames MX1

Broadcast Vendor M&A, Media Services M&A, OTT Video | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 06 2016

Satellite service provider SES today announced the completion of its acquisition of RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM), a provider of media services to the broadcast and media industries.  The acquisition was announced in late February 2016, but had been pending closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  RR Media’s shares ceased trading on the NASDAQ today.   SESLogo

As indicated in the original announcement, SES is merging the operations of RR Media with its Platform Services group to create a larger global media solution provider.  The new combined group will operate under the trade name MX1.  Avi Cohen, the previous CEO of RR Media, will serve as the CEO of MX1.MX1

The press release announcing the new trade name highlights the origin of MX1 from the below statement.

“Bringing it all together for the first time, MX1 aims to be the new number 1 in Media eXperience.”

SES’s new MX1 subsidiary will have 16 offices worldwide and six media centers.  MX1 is now responsible for distributing more than 1,000 TV channels, managing 440 channels of playout, and delivering content to over 120 subscription VOD platforms.

MX1 and SES’s HD Plus subsidiary will constitute the SES Media Solutions group led by Wilfried Urner.  HD Plus is a HD satellite TV offering in Germany.

Mr. Urner commented on the acquisition as follows, “We are confident that the new MX1 will leverage the expertise and success they have garnered in their respective key markets to expand their product portfolio. The addition of MX1 to the SES group is a first step in globalising SES’s video services business and in accelerating the completion of our goal to become one of the leading next generation media service providers”

Avi Cohen, CEO of MX1, added, “This is an exciting day for us as we introduce a new company to the industry and our new brand name and logo…This merger allows us to scale-up on a global basis and become the world’s leading media services provider, delivering next-generation digital video and media solutions to our worldwide customers.”


Related Content:

Press Release: SES Press Release on Completion of the Acquisition

Press Release: MX1 Reveals New Company Brand as a World-Leading Media Services Company

SES to Acquire RR Media for $242 Million in All-Cash Deal



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deltatre Acquired by Bruin Sports Capital

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jun 30 2016

deltatre is being acquired by investment firm Bruin Sports Capital.  deltatre provides a variety of professional services for multi-platform content delivery within the sports vertical.  Clients include the ATP, BBC, BT Sport, English Premier League, FIFA, and UEFA.  deltatre is headquartered in Turin, Italy with offices throughout Europe.

deltatre had been a subsidiary of Italian parent Mediacontech, who owned all Class A shares, equating to 51% of the share capital of deltatre.  Mediacontech also had a minority interest in LMGR, the business controlling the remaining 49% of deltatre.

As part of an agreement with creditors in late 2013, Mediacontech had pledged to divest deltatre no later than December 31, 2016.  The divestiture process was initiated in the third quarter of 2015 and run by HSBC, who acted as the exclusive financial advisor.

The 2015 annual filing of Mediacontech provides some interesting background on the sale process.  110 potential buyers, both strategic and private equity, reviewed the opportunity to purchase deltatre.  In connection with the sale process, Mediacontech executed 40 non-disclosure agreements to allow for more detailed sharing of information on deltatre.

Based on a press release from Mediacontech the purchase price of the transaction was €122.1 million, with €62.2 million due in cash at closing.  The closing is expected to occur by the end of October 2016.  It is unclear in the press release whether the purchase price equates to an enterprise value.  Sportcal is reporting an estimate of enterprise value of €145 million.  Since the co-founders of deltatre, Giampiero Rinaudo and Luca Marini, are maintaining a significant minority interest (through their ownership position in LMGR), the purchase price likely represents an acquisition of less than 100% of the equity capital.

For the 2015 calendar year, deltatre had revenue of €57.4 million and EBITDA of €8.3 million.  Using the enterprise value figure of €145 million and 2015 financial results, the valuation of deltatre was 2.5x Revenue and 17.5x EBITDA.  Given 2016 is an even year with several significant events in Europe such as the European Football Championship, it is likely 2016 results will outperform 2015.  The sensitivity to the even and odd sporting calendar in Europe is apparent in deltatre’s historical revenue pattern. 2012 revenue was €45.3 million (London Olympics), 2013 revenue was €34.0 million, and then 2014 revenue was €56.5 million (Sochi Olympics).

In the annual filing discussing 2015 results, Mediacontech attributed the strong 2015 results of deltatre to a combination of early initiatives for the 2016 European Football Championship and the Rio Olympics; the successful geographic expansion France, Germany, and Switzerland; and the first European Olympic Games in Baku 2015.

Bruin Capital Sports was launched in January 2015 by sports business executive George Pyne.  Investors in Bruin Capital Sports’ fund include the advertising firm WPP.  Commenting on the deltatre acquisition, Mr. Pyne said “At Bruin Sports Capital we understand the importance of media and technology as tools for global engagement in sport, and believe with our experience and access to long-term flexible capital we can help deltatre continue to innovate and grow their business.”

Giampiero Rinaudo will remain the CEO of deltatre.  “Celebrating our 30th anniversary we believed there was still a lot of potential in deltatre, but we understood that the next level of growth needed a new partner that could really support us in our plans and long-term strategy” Mr. Rinaudo said.



Related Content: 

deltatre Press Release



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AT&T acquires QuickPlay Media

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
May 16 2016

AT&T announced today its intention to acquire Quickplay Media, a managed service provider for multi-screen distribution.  Transaction terms were not disclosed.  The deal is expected to close in mid-2016 with AT&T planning to retain more than 350 employees from the Quickplay team.

The acquisition is pending review of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in the US and the Competition Act in Canada.  The transaction size threshold for triggering a Hart-Scott-Rodino-Act review is $78 million, so the transaction is at least greater than $78 million – though likely more.

Quickplay had raised more than $195 (CAD) million of capital across six rounds of fundraising.

Private equity firm Madison Dearborn took a majority stake in the business in July 2012 with an investment of approximately $100 million and then subsequently led a March 2015 round of financing for an additional $57 million of capital.

Earlier rounds of series B, C, and D fundraising had raised a combined $37.7 million and included institutional investors General Catalyst Partners, JLA Ventures, and Ventures West.

Quickplay is headquartered in Toronto, with a significant presence in the San Diego area based on its acquisition of network operations center assets from the former Flo TV business in July 2011.  More recently in March 2015, Quickplay had acquired Roundbox, a technology provider for optimizing video applications over mobile networks.

The acquisition builds on an existing partnership between AT&T and QuickPlay.  Quickplay was already supporting AT&t U-verse TV Everywhere offering.  The press release announcing the transaction cited the intention for Quickplay to support the upcoming DirecTV streaming offers of DirecTV Now, DirecTV Mobile, and DirecTV Preview.

Quickplay also supports several other large video distributors including Bell, HOOQ, Rogers Communications, Verizon, and Vodafone.

Commenting on the Quickplay acquisition, John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group stated, “Quickplay’s multitenant IP distribution infrastructure, combined with AT&T’s leading scale in IP connected end points, will allow us to host and distribute all forms of video traffic. We intend to scale and operate an industry-leading video distribution platform, and viewers will get the high-quality online video viewing experience they desire.”

Founder and CEO of Quickplay, Wayne Purboo was quoted in the press release, as follows, “We’ve spent more than a decade developing an advanced technology and service platform that can deliver premium video content to any device and over any network. Our solution is highly automated and scalable. With AT&T, we’ll have the resources we need to further scale, grow the business, and continuously enhance that platform.”

This acquisition follows other purchases of video technology suppliers by large Telecom organizations, including the recent purchase of Volicon by Verizon and the purchase of Ooyala by Telstra.


Related Content: 

AT&T Press Release: Acquisition of Quickplay Media



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Francisco Partners Acquires SintecMedia

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Apr 27 2016

Sintec and FP logo

Francisco Partners has acquired SintecMedia, a well-known provider of broadcast business management software.

Financial details of the transaction were not made public. However, according to Reuters, the deal was valued at approximately $400 million.

Francisco Partners is a technology-focused private equity firm.  Francisco has existing familiarity with the media technology sector having purchased Grass Valley from Technicolor in January 2011 .  Francisco operated Grass Valley for nearly four years before exiting the investment in 2014 with Grass Valley’s sale to Belden.

SintecMedia had been owned by private equity firm Riverwood Capital.  Riverwood acquired SintecMedia in 2010 from existing venture capital investors including Walden Israel and Sequoia Capital.  Riverwood then supported SintecMedia through a series of acquisitions including Argo Systems , StorerTV , and more recently Broadway Systems.  In early 2014 Riverwood provided almost half the financing to support Sintec’s acquisition of competitor Pilat Media in a transaction valued at $103.5 million.

In the press release announcing the transaction, CEO and co-Founder of SintecMedia Amotz Yarden, stated, “Nothing is changing in SintecMedia’s business operations. We will continue to play a pivotal role in the way advertising is bought, sold and managed in the diverse media industry and our customers will continue to receive future-proof technological continuity combined with our innovative aptitude and deep domain expertise. I look forward to many years of exciting growth.”

Matt Spetzler from Francisco Partners added, “We have followed SintecMedia for over six years and are thrilled to back the company and its management team as they continue to consolidate their leading position in helping media companies monetize their assets. The broadcast and media industries are entering a phase of innovation and change and SintecMedia is uniquely positioned to help customers capitalize on this opportunity with a strong market position and new products.”


Related Content:

Press Release: Francisco Partners Acquires SintecMedia



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Don’t Miss The Media Technology Business Summit at the 2016 NAB Show

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Conference Sessions, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 16 2016

Media Technology Business Summit

1:00pm – 5:00pm, Sunday, April 17, 2016

Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N249

Open to all 2016 NAB Show Registrants


2016 Devoncroft NAB Media Technology Busienss Summit


Conference Agenda

1:00pm – Strategic Industry Analysis: Valuations, M&A, and Equity Finance

  • Joshua Stinehour, Principal Analyst Devoncroft



1:25pm – Follow the Money: Trends Driving Media Investment

  • Joe Zaller, Founder & President Devoncroft



1:50pm – Change is the New Normal: Transforming for Business Success in the New Media Landscape

  • Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, Group CTO, & Head of Group Function Ericsson



2:10pm – The Vendor C-Suite: Strategies for an Evolving Market

  • Louis Hernandez, Jr., President & CEO Avid
  • Charlie Vogt, CEO Imagine Communications
  • Larry Kaplan, Founder & CEO SDVI
  • Dan Castles, CEO Telestream



2:50pm – The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions

  • John Honeycutt, CTO Discovery Communications
  • Renu Thomas, EVP Media Operations, Engineering & IT Disney/ABC Television Group
  • Richard Friedel, EVP and GM Fox Network Engineering and Operations
  • Håvard Myklebust, CTO TV2 Norway



3:30pm – Leveraging Hyperscale IT Infrastructure for Next-Generation Media Workflows

  • Michelle Munson, President, CEO, and Co-Founder Aspera, an IBM Company
  • Michael Koons, VP, Worldwide Systems Engineering Cisco Systems
  • Tom Burns, CTO, Media & Entertainment EMC/Isilon
  • Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, Group CTO, & Head of Group Function Ericsson



4:00pm – Service Provider C-Suite: Perspectives on Industry Trends

  • Chris Walters, CEO Encompass Digital Media
  • Ramki Sankaranarayanan, Founder & CEO Prime Focus Technologies
  • Avi Cohen, CEO RR Media



4:30pm – AWS Keynote – “All In”: Cloud Transformation of the Media Industry

  • Alex Dunlap, General Manager AWS CloudFront
  • Sam Blackman, CEO and Co-Founder Elemental Technologies



We look forward to seeing you there. Additional information on the Summit is available from the Devoncroft Partners website and the NAB Show website.




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Media Technology CTOs to Discuss What Drives Their Investment Strategies at 2016 NAB Show Conference

Analysis, broadcast industry technology trends, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Conference Sessions, technology trends | Posted by Joe Zaller
Apr 11 2016

If you want to understand what’s driving media technology investments, don’t miss The Broadcaster C-Suite: Trends Driving Investment Decisions” at the 2016 NAB Show.

This moderated panel discussion about how evolving business models will drive media technology spending features four top executives: Richard Friedel- EVP and GM FOX NE&O; Håvard Myklebust – CTO of TV2 in Norway;  John Honeycutt – CTO of Discovery Communications; and Renu Thomas – EVP Media Operations, Engineering and IT at the Disney/ABC Television Group.


Devoncroft NAB 2016 Broadcaster Panel


This panel is just one of the sessions in the 2016 Media Technology Business Summit, produced by Devoncroft Partners and the NAB Show.

Designed to be a thought-provoking kickoff to the 2016 NAB Show, this half-day conference examines the “the business of the media business” from the perspective of all levels of the media value chain.  It is also an opportunity to network with the media technology executive community ahead of the start of the exhibition.

The Media Technology Business Summit is a half-day conference.  It starts at 1pm on Sunday April 17th, 2016 in room N249 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

This event has been standing-room only for the past four years.  So please come early if you want a seat.

Admission is open to all registered 2016 NAB Show attendees (remember to bring your NAB Show badge).

Full details are available here, and on the NAB Show website.




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Verizon DMS Announces Acquisition of Volicon

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Mar 16 2016

Verizon Digital Media Services announced an agreement to acquire Volicon, a provider of compliance monitoring solutions for the broadcast industry.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition of Volicon adds to Verizon Digital Media Services previous acquisitions in the media technology sector of upLynk in November 2013 and Edgecast Networks in December 2013.

The press release announcing the transaction offered background on the rationale for the acquisition.  Verizon Digital Media Services President Bob Toohey stated, “Volicon’s role as a trusted provider to more than 1,200 broadcast and video operators around the world, combined with deep expertise in video monitoring and analysis, will improve visibility, transparency, and quality of our clients content and ads over our global delivery footprint.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Volicon Founder and CEO Eli Warsawski said, “This undertaking represents a strategic opportunity for our products to evolve and for our customers to greatly benefit.”

Volicon was founded in 2005 and had raised approximately $2 million dollars in two separate fundraising rounds.


Related Content:

Verizon DMS Press Release on Acquisition



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Harmonic Closes Thomson Video Networks Acquisition

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A, SEC Filings | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 02 2016

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Harmonic said it has completed the acquisition of rival compression vendor Thomson Video Networks (TVN), nearly a month earlier than the April 1, 2016 date predicted in the company’s Q4 and full-year 2015 announcement.

This indicates that conditions of the deal were met ahead of schedule.

In a filing with securities regulators, Harmonic said the completion of the “transaction will be subject to TVN’s reacquisition of its patent portfolio from France Brevets (a third-party patent licensing firm), the receipt of certain historical audited financial statements of TVN prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, the receipt of certain regulatory approvals required under French law, and certain other customary closing conditions.”

The Harmonic-TVN deal was structured as a “put option” for TVN’s shareholders.  A put option gives the holder the right but not the obligation to sell shares to the option writer (in this instance Harmonic).  The “put” option is subject to the selling TVN shareholders’ 60-day consultation process with TVN’s employee works council in France.  When/if TVN’s shareholders execute the “put” option subsequent to the consultation process, then the parties would immediately execute a formal purchase and sale agreement.

According to filings with securities regulators, “On February 11, 2016, pursuant to the terms of the Put Option Agreement,” a Harmonic company “entered into a securities purchase agreement (SPA) relating to the purchase of 100% of the share capital and voting rights of Thomson Video Networks.”

The terms of the deal include an initial purchase price of $75,000,000, “subject to customary working capital and other closing adjustments as set forth in the SPA, payable at closing of the transaction. In addition, there may be additional post-closing payments in amounts respectively capped to (i) the difference between €76,000,000 (as converted from euros into U.S. dollars) and $75,000,000, with respect to an adjustment based on TVN’s 2015 revenue, and (ii) $5,000,000, with respect to an adjustment based on TVN’s 2015 backlog that ships during the first half of 2016, all of which at such times and under the circumstances set forth in the SPA.

TVN has changed ownership several times in the past five years.  TVN was divested by Technicolor in 2011 in a management-led buyout sponsored by Fonds de Consolidation & Développement des Entreprises (FDCE) for a reported price of around $8 million.  When Technicolor announced that it had sold TVN to FDCE in 2009, it said that the company had 525 employees and operated in 15 countries, and that its 2009 revenues was €61m.

Institutional investor Edmon de Rothschild Investment Partners then acquired a 49% stake in TVN in December 2014.

“We are pleased to announce the closing of the TVN acquisition,” said Patrick Harshman, President and CEO of Harmonic. “By bringing together two powerhouses in the video industry, we further extend our position as the market leader. With expanded global R&D, sales and support teams, we are accelerating innovation and driving delivery of best-in-class solutions, products, capabilities and support services for our customers.”



Related Content:

Press Release: Harmonic Completes Acquisition of Thomson Video Networks

Harmonic-TVN — Put Option Agreement and Securities Purchase Agreement

Delayed Purchasing Decisions Drive Harmonic Revenue Down 13 Percent in 2015

Harmonic Announces Binding Offer to Acquire Thomson Video Networks for up to $90 Million

Press Release: Harmonic Announces Binding Offer to Acquire Thomson Video Networks

Press Release: Thomson Video Networks Receives Harmonic Group’s Acquisition Offer



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SES to Acquire RR Media for $242 Million in All-Cash Deal

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Feb 26 2016

Satellite service provider SES announced an acquisition agreement with RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM), a provider of media services to the broadcast and media industries.  SES intends to merge the operations of RR Media with its Platform Services group (“SES PS”) to create a larger global media solution provider.SES_Platform_Services_logo

During its 2015 earnings release, SES indicated the contract backlog of SES PS was over €300 million.  By comparison, the RR Media contract backlog as of September 30, 2015 was $262 million.

Wilfried Urner, Chief Executive Officer of SES PS, commented, “RR Media has successfully developed the capability to manage and deliver premium content effectively, helping its customers to reach a global audience over multiple satellite, cable TV, IPTV, online and mobile platforms. SES, as the largest global platform for video in terms of reach and channels, adds global scale and considerable insights from the successful development of SES PS in Europe.”

SES will pay all-cash for the acquisition of 100% of the shares of RR Media at a price of $13.291 (USD) per share. The consideration equates to an Enterprise Value of USD $242 (USD) million, which represents a 52% premium to RR Media’s share price on February 25, 2016.

During RR Media’s Q3 2015 earnings release Management had issued 2015 revenue guidance of $140 million to $143 million with adjusted EBITDA in the range of $17.6 million and $20.4 million.  Using the midpoint of this guidance, the implied valuation multiples are 1.7x 2015 Revenue and 12.7x 2015 adjusted EBITDA.  As part of SES’s earnings release for 2015, management indicated the acquisition is anticipated to be earnings accretive in the first year.

RR Media is expected to generate between $160 million and $170 million for the full year 2016. The growth estimates for 2016 are based on recognizing the full contribution of two acquisitions made by RR Media in 2015 for Satlink Communications and Eastern Space Systems (ESS).

The announced acquisition has already been approved by the Boards of Directors of both SES and RR Media.  It remains subject to regulatory approvals and the approval of the shareholders of RR Media.  The transaction is expected to close in Q2 or Q3 2016.

Commenting on the announcement, Avi Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of RR Media, said, “SES Platform Services is an important industry player with the capabilities to service strong upper tier clients. With the combined infrastructure and industry expertise, the integrated company will have the capability to deliver innovative solutions to top tier clients, emerging markets and global customers. RR Media’s growth strategy has focused on top tier client and increasing scale. This deal achieves both of these strategic goals.”



Related Content: 

SES Press Release: RR Media to Merge with SES Platform Services, Creating a World-Leading Global Media Solutions Provider

RR Media Press Release: RR Media to Merge with SES Platform Services




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