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closed 6/2/2008 via PR Newswire

Gracenote merged with Sony Corporation,

synopsis: Sony Corporation of America announced that it has completed the acquisition of Gracenote, Inc. The agreement to consummate the acquisition was previously announced on April 22, 2008.
buyer: Sony Corporation (SNE:$81,741.13)
The Sony Group is primarily focused on the Electronics (such as AV/IT products & components), Game (such as PlayStation), Entertainment (such as motion pictures and music), and Financial Services (such as insurance and banking) sectors. "
target: Gracenote
Gracenote is a global leader in embedded technology, enriched content, and data services for digital entertainment solutions within the Internet, consumer electronics, mobile, and automotive markets.
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closed 2/1/2017 via PR Newswire

The Nielsen Company, Inc., acquired Gracenote, Inc.

synopsis: Nielsen announced it has completed its acquisition of Gracenote, the industry's leading media and entertainment metadata provider. Gracenote's global database and technology solutions include multichannel video programming distributors, smart televisions, streaming music services, connected devices, media players and in-car infotainment systems.
buyer: The Nielsen Company, Inc. (NLSN:$3,500.00)
Nielsen is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers Watch and Buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services across all devices where content is consumed. "
target parent: Tribune Media Company
target: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc., provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of music and video metadata.
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closed 8/6/2014 via BNC Analysis

Rhapsody International Inc., acquired Extension Entertainment Inc.

synopsis: Rhapsody has purchased music tech company Ex.fm, a music discovery startup. Ex.fm cataloged what songs online listeners tuned in to and then used that data for personalized recommendations. Exfm boasts powerful browser extensions to play any website containing music, a slick Site Player for publishers and mobile apps for iPhone and Android.
buyer parent: Columbus Nova Technology Partners
buyer: Rhapsody International Inc.
Rhapsody's leading streaming music services give members ad-free access to more than 32 million songs. Whether they're listening on their phone, at home, at work, or in the car, Rhapsody goes where they go. "
target: Extension Entertainment Inc.
Exfm is a music discovery platform powered by thousands of music sites on the web. An endless feed of great music lives at ex.fm curated by Tastemakers and users alike. Exfm also boasts powerful browser extensions to play any website containing music.
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closed 2/3/2014 via Company Press Release

Tribune Company, acquired Gracenote, Inc.

synopsis: Tribune Company has completed its acquisition of Gracenote from Sony Corporation of America. Gracenote is the largest source of music data in the world, featuring metadata for more than 180 million tracks, which helps power more than a billion smart phones and tablets, as well as the world's most popular streaming music services.
buyer: Tribune Company (TRCO:$1,920.00)
TRIBUNE is one of the country’s top media companies, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. It reaches more than 80 percent of U.S. households and is the only media organization with newspapers, television stations and websites in the nation’s top three markets. "
target parent: Sony Corporation
target: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. The company's partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks.
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closed 5/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, acquired Tunigo

synopsis: Spotify has acquired Tunigo. Tunigo curates playlists and suggests them to users based on genre, theme and mood. The acquisition fits into Spotify's overall strategy around music discovery by helping its users make sense of over 20 million tracks.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$10,182.00)
Spotify Limited provides a digital music service that gives on-demand access to songs on phones, computers, tablets, and more. It allows users to discover, manage, and share music with friends; and browse through various music collections as well as create a radio station. "
target: Tunigo
Tunigo offers the easiest and most fun way to find, create, and share new music and playlists. It curates playlists and suggests them to users based on genre, theme and mood.
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closed 1/28/2008 via BusinessWire

imeem, acquired Anywhere.FM

synopsis: imeem, the leading social media network, announced the strategic acquisition of Anywhere.FM, a San Francisco-based web music player and Internet radio service. The acquisition of Anywhere.FM brings valuable music uploading capabilities, a rich web music player, and powerful recommendation features.
buyer: imeem
imeem is the leading social media network where users create, recommend and discover music, film/video, art, and pop culture media and connect directly with people with similar tastes. imeem is the first social network to partner with all four major labels as well as thousands of indie labels. "
target: Anywhere.FM
Anywhere.FM is a powerful web music player that allows users to upload their music, play it from anywhere, and discover new music through Friend Radio. Anywhere.FM, founded and launched in 2007, is a Y Combinator-funded startup headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
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closed 7/19/2007 via PR Newswire

ROO Group, Inc., acquired Wurld Media

synopsis: ROO Group a global leader in online video solutions for content providers, advertisers and Web sites, today announced the completion of its acquisition of strategic P2P assets of Wurld Media, a leading peer-to- peer distribution company.
buyer: ROO Group, Inc. (RGRP:$0.00)
ROO Group Inc. through its 100% subsidiary ROO Media Corporation, is the online video solutions company focused on meeting the specific needs of large enterprise companies globally. "
target: Wurld Media
In 2005, Wurld Media launched Peer Impact, the first legal peer to peer (p2p) network to have successfully secured distribution agreements with all four major record labels, as well as a growing list of leading independent music labels.
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closed 2/12/2007 via BusinessWire

Bellrock Media, Inc., acquired Moderati, Inc.

synopsis: Premium entertainment content developer and producer Bellrock Media has acquired mobile industry leader Moderati Inc. The two firms merge to form one of the first fully integrated mobile and broadband entertainment providers offering ground breaking content and unparalleled distribution in both the U.S. and Japan.
buyer: Bellrock Media, Inc.
Bellrock Media strives to invent entertainment properties that ensure a captive audience and a sustainable popularity through cooperative ventures with major brands and also develops proprietary technology that enables next-generation content. "
target parent: Faith Inc.
target: Moderati, Inc.
Moderati is a mobile entertainment pioneer. One of the top mobile media companies in North America, Moderati has unparalleled distribution through the decks of 14 U.S. carriers for its personalization products. The company delivers content under carrier brands, partner brands, or its own brands.
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closed 2/12/2007 via BusinessWire

Electronic Arts Inc., acquired SingShot Media

synopsis: Electronic Arts Inc. announced the acquisition of SingShot Media, a San Francisco-based online karaoke community. SingShot’s web-based social networking platform allows site members to record their own renditions of famous songs, share their recordings with friends, rate and comment on other members’ tracks.
buyer: Electronic Arts Inc. (NasdaqGS:EA:$5,629.00)
Electronic Arts Inc. is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. EA develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. "
target: SingShot Media
SingShot is located in San Francisco and was created by people passionate about music, singing, and creating new consumer experiences that people can really enjoy. At SingShot, there are two main things you can do: Record your own versions of popular songs. Listen to other member's recordings.
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closed 4/1/2006 via

ZIM Corporation, acquired Advanced Internet Services, Inc.

synopsis: ZIM Corporation, a global mobile service provider, aggregator and application developer for the mobile market, today announced it has agreed to acquired a U.S.-based mobile content company, Advanced Internet Services Inc., in a combined share and cash deal worth approximately $1.1 million.
buyer: ZIM Corporation
ZIM is a mobile service provider, aggregator and application developer for the mobile market. ZIM's bridges the gap between data and mobility. "
target: Advanced Internet Services, Inc.
Founded in 2002, Advanced Internet Services was one of the first independent websites in North America to offer cell phone ring tones and wallpapers. The ring tone sites host a large catalog of polyphonic and MP3 ring tones for music spanning from the 1950's to the most popular current hits.
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closed 7/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

Deezer, acquired MUGO Inc.

synopsis: Deezer, an online music streaming service in France, has acquired MUGO, a social music app in Israel. MUGO's LIVE share feature allows users to instantly share and listen to songs with friends. The app helps users to keep up to date with what everybody is listening to and enables them to discover new music by connecting to other nearby MUGO users.
buyer: Deezer
Deezer is an online music streaming service in France. Deezer allows users to stream music anywhere, anytime across all devices, both online and offline. The platform offers over 56 million tracks and provides users with personalized recommendations for artists and songs they'll love. "
target: MUGO Inc.
MUGO is a social music app in Israel. MUGO's LIVE share feature allows users to instantly share and listen to songs with friends. The app helps users to keep up to date with what everybody is listening to and enables them to discover new music by connecting to other nearby MUGO users.
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closed 9/24/2018 via BusinessWire

Apple, Inc., acquired Shazam Entertainment Ltd

synopsis: Apple has acquired Shazam, an app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device. Shazam is one of the most popular apps of all time, downloaded over a billion times and used by hundreds of millions of people each month to connect to the world around them.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$378,323.00)
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices. "
target: Shazam Entertainment Ltd
Shazam is an app that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device. The software is available for Windows, macOS and smartphones.
price ($mm)
$400
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closed 12/18/2014 via PR Newswire

TuneCore, acquired DropKloud

synopsis: TuneCore has acquired DropKloud, a modern, digital enhancement to the street team promotion, allowing artists to drop digital content - whether it's exclusive access to a song, an invite to a pop-up showcase or behind the scenes photos - into 'Klouds' available to fans in specific physical locations.
buyer: TuneCore
TuneCore brings more music to more people, while helping musicians and songwriters increase money-earning opportunities and take charge of their own careers. The company has one of the highest artist revenue-generating music catalogs in the world. "
target: DropKloud
DropKloud is a modern, digital enhancement to the street team promotion, allowing artists to drop digital content - whether it's exclusive access to a song, an invite to a pop-up showcase or behind the scenes photos - into 'Klouds' available to fans in specific physical locations.
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announced 8/26/2014 via PR Web

Tastebuds Media Ltd., will acquire Moosify

synopsis: Tastebuds Media Ltd announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire moosify, a San Francisco-based music connection app. The app lets strangers connect via their similar music tastes and interests, running on the idea that these shared tastes mean they are likely to get on.
buyer: Tastebuds Media Ltd.
Tastebuds helps users meet new people through music. It makes it easier to meet like-minded people in the city. The service has attracted users from over 100 countries with thousands of songs sent between users every day. "
target: Moosify
Moosify is a San Francisco-based music connection app. The app lets strangers connect via their similar music tastes and interests, running on the idea that these shared tastes mean they are likely to get on. Users make profiles which highlight their favourite music, locations and photos.
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closed 8/6/2014 via BNC Analysis

Rhapsody International Inc., acquired Schematic Labs, Inc.

synopsis: Rhapsody has purchased music tech company Schematic Labs, the makers of SoundTracking. Schematic Labs are a small agile team of multi-disciplined software engineers and designers who have a passion for changing the world using technology and design, and improving how people share their lives on the social Web using mobile devices.
buyer parent: Columbus Nova Technology Partners
buyer: Rhapsody International Inc.
Rhapsody's leading streaming music services give members ad-free access to more than 32 million songs. Whether they're listening on their phone, at home, at work, or in the car, Rhapsody goes where they go. "
target: Schematic Labs, Inc.
Schematic Labs, Inc. are a small agile team of multi-disciplined software engineers and designers. They made SoundTracking, which combines music, photos, and geo-location, the SoundTracking app is a fun, expressive and easy way to share the soundtrack of your life using your iOS or Android device.
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announced 10/4/2013 via Company Press Release

Avex Group Holdings Inc., will acquire ET Square Inc.

synopsis: Avex Group Holdings Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Avex Entertainment Inc. has agreed to acquire 100% of the common shares in ET Square, a developer of entertainment applications. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
buyer: Avex Group Holdings Inc. (TSE:7860:$1,411.71)
Avex Group Holdings Inc. is the holding company for a group of entertainment-related subsidiaries based in Japan. Their subsidiary, Avex Entertainment Inc. operates as a music recording company which also provides theme music soundtracks to many anime and a few video games. "
target parent: Toyota Tsusho Corporation
target: ET Square Inc.
ET Square Inc. develops and sells applications for entertainment. Their music Chef recommends and distributes music through the app. Their CLAMP camera allows users to process photos. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Tokyo, Japan.
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closed 7/18/2012 via BNC Analysis

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc., acquired Rexly, Inc

synopsis: Live Nation Entertainment has acquired social music discovery startup Rexly. Rexly is a San Francisco-based company that developed an iPhone application to helps users find new music through their friends. It aggregates digital media consumption data to provide superior quality recommendations and enable social discovery.
buyer: Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (LYV:$6,268.45)
Live Nation Entertainment is the world's leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. "
target: Rexly, Inc
Rexly Inc. engages in social music discovery. It aggregates digital media consumption data to provide superior quality recommendations and enable social discovery.
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closed 10/19/2010 via BusinessWire

ReverbNation, acquired Sound Around

synopsis: ReverbNation, the leading Marketing and Promotion Platform for over 900,000 Musicians, Labels, Managers and Venues, has acquired Sound Around, a North Carolina mobile application development company focused on creating custom mobile applications for Bands and Musicians.
buyer parent: eMinor Inc.
buyer: ReverbNation
ReverbNation is the leading online music marketing platform used by more than 900,000 Artists, Managers, Record Labels, and Venues to grow their reach, influence, and business across the internet. "
target: Sound Around
Sound Around is a platform for bands and music artists to better connect with their fanbase by giving them a way to easily create their own iPhone App.
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closed 9/15/2011 via PR Newswire

Cellfish Media, LLC, acquired Bandsintown

synopsis: Cellfish, a leading mobile and social application publisher, announced its acquisition of Bandsintown, the #1 live concert tracking and discovery application on Facebook, and ranked in the site's top 5 music apps by monthly average users (MAU), along with Root Music, ReverbNation, Pandora, and Vevo for Artists.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Cellfish Media, LLC
Cellfish Media is a publisher of mobile and social applications targeted at music, sports and entertainment fans. It operates mobile and social properties, distributed through its own distribution network, and hrough partnerships with some of the world's leading operators, media and brands. "
target: Bandsintown
Bandsintown (BIT) is the leading Facebook application for live music fans and artists. BIT provides a personalized way for music fans to track their favorite artists so they never miss a live concert and to discover new touring artists, based on their musical preferences and location.
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closed 9/19/2019 via BNC Analysis

Tribe of Noise, acquired Free Music Archive

synopsis: Musician community and services company Tribe of Noise has acquired the Free Music Archive, a community of creators and an interactive library of curated, high-quality, free legal music. The FMA is a resource for audiophiles, and all of the audio has been hand-picked by one of their established audio curators.
buyer parent: Catenae Innovation PLC
buyer: Tribe of Noise
Tribe of Noise is a Netherlands-based digital music licensing company and website for connecting musicians with media professionals and businesses. Their online community represents over 34,000 artists from 194 countries and supplies music licenses to the film, TV, gaming and more. "
target parent: KitSplit
target: Free Music Archive
Free Music Archive (FMA) is a community of creators and an interactive library of curated, high-quality, free legal music, originally started by the radio station WFMU. The FMA is a resource for audiophiles, and all of the audio has been hand-picked by one of their established audio curators.
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closed 2/1/2017 via PR Newswire

The Nielsen Company, Inc., acquired Gracenote, Inc.

synopsis: Nielsen announced it has completed its acquisition of Gracenote, the industry's leading media and entertainment metadata provider. Gracenote's global database and technology solutions include multichannel video programming distributors, smart televisions, streaming music services, connected devices, media players and in-car infotainment systems.
buyer: The Nielsen Company, Inc. (NLSN:$3,500.00)
Nielsen is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers Watch and Buy. Nielsen’s Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services across all devices where content is consumed. "
target parent: Tribune Media Company
target: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc., provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of music and video metadata.
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closed 5/28/2015 via PR Newswire

Gracenote, Inc., acquired Infostrada Sports

synopsis: Gracenote, Inc., the world's leading provider of entertainment data and a division of Tribune Media, announced the acquisition of Infostrada Sports. Infostrada Sports focuses on the Olympics and European football sports data with coverage of more than 250 sports and has developed a sports data platform to deliver direct data feeds to its customers.
buyer parent: Tribune Media Company
buyer: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc., provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of music and video metadata. "
target parent: Consolidated Media Industries (CMI)
target: Infostrada Sports
Infostrada Sports offers unique data, media, analytic and event services to the sports industry. A central data platform has been developed for sports results on tens of thousands of athletes. This data can be exchanged, thus providing solutions to clients in all branches of professional sport.
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closed 5/28/2015 via PR Newswire

Gracenote, Inc., acquired SportsDirect, Inc.

synopsis: Gracenote, Inc., the world's leading provider of entertainment data and a division of Tribune Media Company, announced the acquisition of SportsDirect, a leading provider of sports data and statistics for more than 50 leagues and 2,000 teams. Media companies rely on SportsDirect for sports analysis, news and coverage, scores, statistics and photos.
buyer parent: Tribune Media Company
buyer: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc., provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of music and video metadata. "
target: SportsDirect, Inc.
SportsDirect Inc. is the leader in delivering high quality sports content and cross-platform solutions. SDI's cross-platform delivery solutions for Web, Mobile and Print range from the flexibility of raw feeds to off-the-shelf solutions, all powered by state-of-the-art technology.
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closed 10/2/2014 via PR Newswire

Gracenote, Inc., acquired HWW

synopsis: Gracenote, a division of Tribune Media Company, announced that it has acquired HWW, Australia's leading provider of TV and movie data from Mi9, which is owned by Nine Entertainment Co. HWW has data describing millions of TV programs and movies across more than 700 national and local TV channels in Australia.
buyer parent: Tribune Company
buyer: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. The company's partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks. "
target parent: Nine Entertainment Co. Pty Ltd.
target: HWW
HWW is the leading supplier of Australian TV and Movie metadata to a broad range of clients across new and traditional media including: major online publishers, Subscription TV providers, IPTV players and print publishers.
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closed 9/3/2014 via PR Newswire

Gracenote, Inc., acquired Baseline StudioSystems

synopsis: Gracenote announced it has acquired Baseline, a provider of film and television information and services. Baseline's industry-leading database deepens Gracenote's existing video metadata by adding detailed, descriptive information about movies and TV productions to power next generation TV and video experiences for viewers.
buyer parent: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
buyer: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. The company's partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks. "
target parent: Hollywood Media Corporation
target: Baseline StudioSystems
Baseline StudioSystems is the premier licensor and syndicator of film and TV entertainment data and associated applications to professionals in the film, television, media and financial sectors.
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closed 2/3/2014 via Company Press Release

Tribune Company, acquired Gracenote, Inc.

synopsis: Tribune Company has completed its acquisition of Gracenote from Sony Corporation of America. Gracenote is the largest source of music data in the world, featuring metadata for more than 180 million tracks, which helps power more than a billion smart phones and tablets, as well as the world's most popular streaming music services.
buyer: Tribune Company (TRCO:$1,920.00)
TRIBUNE is one of the country’s top media companies, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. It reaches more than 80 percent of U.S. households and is the only media organization with newspapers, television stations and websites in the nation’s top three markets. "
target parent: Sony Corporation
target: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. The company's partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks.
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closed 6/12/2012 via PR Newswire

Gracenote, Inc., acquired Bulldog United

synopsis: Gracenote® announced it has acquired Bulldog United, a developer of video fingerprinting technology for Smart TVs. This move strengthens Gracenote's portfolio of Smart TV technologies and will enable the company to incorporate a powerful combination of video fingerprinting technology and its existing audio fingerprinting technology.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Gracenote, Inc.
Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. The company's partners in the entertainment community include major music publishers and labels, prominent independents and movie studios and television networks. "
target: Bulldog United
Bulldog United is a developer of video fingerprinting technology for Smart TVs. It periodically takes a unique "digital content fingerprint" from the TV program contained within the broadcast feed. The unaltered TV program travels freely through the cable operator and down to a web‑connected TV.
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closed 6/2/2008 via PR Newswire

Gracenote merged with Sony Corporation,

synopsis: Sony Corporation of America announced that it has completed the acquisition of Gracenote, Inc. The agreement to consummate the acquisition was previously announced on April 22, 2008.
buyer: Sony Corporation (SNE:$81,741.13)
The Sony Group is primarily focused on the Electronics (such as AV/IT products & components), Game (such as PlayStation), Entertainment (such as motion pictures and music), and Financial Services (such as insurance and banking) sectors. "
target: Gracenote
Gracenote is a global leader in embedded technology, enriched content, and data services for digital entertainment solutions within the Internet, consumer electronics, mobile, and automotive markets.
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closed 3/23/2022 via Company Press Release

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, acquired Haven Studios

synopsis: Haven Studios, a video game developer based out of Montreal, has been acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment, which is responsible for the PlayStation brand.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Haven Studios
Haven Studios is a video game developer based out of Montreal. Their vision is to create a modern multiplayer experience that brings gamers together in positive and meaningful ways.
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announced 3/3/2022 via BNC Analysis

Sony Pictures Television, Inc., will acquire Industrial Media

synopsis: Sony Pictures Television, one of the television industry’s leading content providers, will acquire Industrial Media, an independent nonfiction production company. Industrial Media creates and produces content for audiences worldwide. Their work includes shows such as American Idol, 90 Day Fiancé, Indian Matchmaking, Selena+Chef and more.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Pictures Television, Inc.
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. SPT produces and distributes programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. Their portfolio of shows include Crossing Swords, The Blacklist, Cobra Kai, and more. "
target: Industrial Media
Industrial Media is an independent nonfiction production company. Industrial Media works with industry-leading production companies to create and produce content for audiences worldwide. Their work includes shows such as American Idol, 90 Day Fiancé, Indian Matchmaking, Selena+Chef and more.
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announced 2/1/2022 via gamesindustry.biz

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, will acquire Bungie, Inc.

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment is acquiring Bungie, an independent, employee-owned game development studio dedicated to creating hopeful worlds that inspire passionate player communities and lifelong friendships. They are the developers behind Marathon, Myth, Halo, and Destiny.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Bungie, Inc.
Bungie is an independent, employee-owned game development studio dedicated to creating hopeful worlds that inspire passionate player communities and lifelong friendships. They are the developers behind Marathon, Myth, Halo, and Destiny.
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Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, acquired Valkyrie Entertainment

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment, a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, has acquired Valkyrie Entertainment, a game developer and service provider. Valkyrie provides art production and co-development services to clients in the video games industry. The company has worked on titles such as Infamous 2, God of War, and more.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Valkyrie Entertainment
Valkyrie Entertainment is a game developer and service provider. Valkyrie Entertainment provides high quality art production and co-development services to clients in the video games industry. The company has worked on titles such as Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, God of War, and more.
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closed 12/1/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Pictures Television, Inc., acquired Bad Wolf

synopsis: Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Cardiff-based production company Bad Wolf Ltd, the award-winning production company behind some of the most ambitious and globally-acclaimed dramas in recent years, including His Dark Materials (HBO/BBC), The Night Of (HBO) and I Hate Suzie (Sky).
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Pictures Television, Inc.
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing, distributing and carrying programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. "
target: Bad Wolf
Cardiff-based production company Bad Wolf Ltd is the award-winning production company behind some of the most ambitious and globally-acclaimed dramas in recent years, including His Dark Materials (HBO/BBC), A Discovery Of Witches (Sky), Industry (HBO/BBC), The Night Of (HBO) and I Hate Suzie (Sky).
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announced 9/8/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, will acquire Firesprite Limited

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) announced that SIE has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Firesprite Games, the UK-based videogame studio with a history of developing highly-polished showpieces for cutting-edge hardware. Firesprite has a strong record of developing showcase games for PlayStation console and peripheral launches.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Firesprite Limited
Firesprite Games is a UK-based videogame studio with a history of developing highly-polished showpieces for cutting-edge hardware. Firesprite has a strong record of developing showcase games for PlayStation console and peripheral launches, such as The Playroom (PS4) and The Playroom VR (PS VR).
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closed 7/1/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, acquired Nixxes Software B.V.

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) announced that SIE has completed the acquisition of Nixxes Software B.V., an industry-leading Dutch studio with more than 20 years of experience in game development and optimization. Based in Utrecht, Netherlands, Nixxes will join PlayStation Studios Technology, Creative & Services Group.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Nixxes Software B.V.
Nixxes Software B.V. is an industry-leading Dutch studio with more than 20 years of experience in game development and optimization. Nixxes is regarded for their work on handling PC Ports for Crystal Dynamics, IO Interactive and Eidos Interactive.
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closed 6/30/2021 via BusinessWire

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, acquired Housemarque

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment, a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, has acquired Housemarque, a video game development studio in Finland. Housemarque develops top-notch games with a focus on tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. Their titles include Returnal, Nex Machina, Resogun and more.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Housemarque
Housemarque is a video game development studio in Finland. Housemarque develops top-notch games with a focus on tight gameplay, impeccable audiovisual execution, and technical excellence. Their titles include Returnal, Nex Machina, Matterfall, Resogun, Outland, and more.
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closed 6/23/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Music Entertainment Inc., acquired Alamo Records

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in Alamo Records, the New York-based multi-genre label founded by music industry entrepreneur Todd Moscowitz focused on the discovery and development of next-generation talent.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. "
target: Alamo Records
Alamo Records is the New York-based multi-genre label founded by music industry entrepreneur Todd Moscowitz focused on the discovery and development of next-generation talent.
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closed 6/17/2021 via BNC Analysis

Sony Music Entertainment Inc., acquired Somethin’ Else

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment has announced the acquisition of Somethin’ Else. Specializing in audio, entertainment, music and arts content, Somethin’ Else is the UK’s largest independent podcast and audio producer and the BBC’s biggest independent producer of programs, covering a variety of music genres and flagship speech shows for the broadcaster.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. "
target: Somethin’ Else
Specializing in audio, entertainment, music and arts content, Somethin’ Else is the UK’s largest independent podcast and audio producer and the BBC’s biggest independent producer of programs, covering a variety of music genres and flagship speech shows for the broadcaster.
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closed 4/21/2021 via BNC Analysis

Senbla, acquired General Entertainment Associates

synopsis: Senbla, a concert promoter and producer based in the UK, has acquired a 51% stake in General Entertainment Associates (GEA Live), a live entertainment company in the Neatherlands. GEA Live produces and promotes concerts and theatrical tours. The company has created events for titles and artists such as Christina Aguilera, De La Guarda, and more.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Senbla
Senbla is a London a based concert promoting and production company, promoting shows and national tours throughout various venues in the UK. It has previously worked with artists including Joss Stone, Ennio Morricone, Marc Almond, Soft Cell, Burt Bacharach, Kristen Chenoweth and more. "
target: General Entertainment Associates
General Entertainment Associates (GEA Live) is a live entertainment company in the Neatherlands. GEA Live produces and promotes concerts, festivals, and theatrical tours. The company has created events for titles and artists such as Christina Aguilera, Garou, De La Guarda, and more.
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closed 4/14/2021 via BNC Analysis

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc., acquired Sony New Media Solutions Inc.

synopsis: Deluxe announced the acquisition of Sony New Media Solutions (NMS), which offers media platform services to leading global media companies, including Sony Pictures Entertainment. The integration of Sony NMS into Deluxe’s existing digital media supply chain platform will offer media companies access to a comprehensive suite of services.
buyer: Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Inc.
Deluxe provides secure distribution and localization services for studios, OTT platforms, and content creators. Its cloud-based solutions offer customizable, end-to-end solutions that enable customers to create and distribute content and streaming experiences to audiences on a global scale. "
target parent: Sony Corporation
target: Sony New Media Solutions Inc.
Sony New Media Solutions (NMS) offers media platform services to leading global media companies, including Sony Pictures Entertainment. Sony NMS's solution Ven.ue offers a service suite that encompasses a revolutionary end-to-end digital media management and distribution solution.
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announced 4/14/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Music Entertainment Inc., will acquire Som Livre Ltda.

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment (SME) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Globo Comunicação E Participações S.A. to acquire Brazilian independent music company Som Livre. Som Livre is home to many of Brazil’s most popular artists including Marilia Mendonça, Jorge & Mateus, Wesley Safadão, and more.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. "
target parent: Grupo Globo
target: Som Livre Ltda.
Brazilian music label Som Livre was founded by Globo in 1969 for the release and promotion of soundtracks of TV shows. Som Livre has a strong play in live events, being a producer of festivals in the country through various brands, such as Festeja and Samba D+.
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$253
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announced 2/3/2021 via BNC Analysis

Sony Music Entertainment Inc., will purchase AWAL and Kobalt Neighbouring Rights from AWAL UK Limited

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment, a global recorded music company, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Kobalt Music Group to acquire Kobalt’s recorded-music operations, including AWAL, and Kobalt Neighboring Rights.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. "
seller parent: Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
seller: AWAL UK Limited
The acquisition includes Kobalt’s recorded-music operations, including AWAL, and Kobalt Neighboring Rights. AWAL is an independent distribution company with headquarters in London, UK. Acquired by Kobalt Music in December 2011, AWAL is Kobalt’s recordings company.
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announced 12/10/2020 via BusinessWire

FUNimation, will acquire Crunchyroll

synopsis: AT&T has agreed to sell its Crunchyroll anime business to Funimation Global Group, LLC. Crunchyroll is the world’s most popular anime brand that connects anime and manga fans across 200+ countries and territories with 360-degree experiences.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: FUNimation
Funimation distributes the best anime to a passionate, global community of fans. Funimation delivers anime to fans and is pioneering an omnichannel approach to engaging and entertaining millions where they want it most—streaming, home entertainment, theatrical, merchandising, live events, and more. "
target parent: AT&T
target: Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll is the world’s most popular anime brand that connects anime and manga fans across 200+ countries and territories with 360-degree experiences.
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closed 12/9/2020 via BNC Analysis

The Orchard, acquired Human Re-Sources

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment has acquired Human Re Sources, J. Erving’s Los Angeles-based artist distribution and services company, from the music and tech company Q&A. It will become part of The Orchard, Sony’s global independent music distribution and artist and label services company.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: The Orchard (:$62.27)
The Orchard is a leading music distribution company operating in 45 markets worldwide. Their artist & label services offerings include full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more. "
target parent: Q&A
target: Human Re-Sources
Human Re Sources offers artist distribution services. Since its 2019 launch, Human Re Sources signed and developed artists such as YBN Nahmir, Pink Sweat$, Baby Rose, Bren Joy and more.
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announced 11/12/2020 via Company Press Release

AFFIRM Entertainment, Inc., will acquire Pure Flix

synopsis: AFFIRM Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire faith and family entertainment streaming service, Pure Flix.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: AFFIRM Entertainment, Inc.
AFFIRM Entertainment, Inc. is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment which also owns AFFIRM Films and the recently launched AFFIRM Television. AFFIRM Films, launched in 2007, is an industry leader in faith-based/inspirational film. "
target: Pure Flix
Pure Flix streaming video on demand was originally created by Pure Flix Entertainment LLC, a leader in faith and family entertainment around the world.
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closed 7/15/2020 via BNC Analysis

Syco Entertainment, acquired Syco Entertainment

synopsis: Simon Cowell has bought out Sony Music Entertainment’s 75% share in their joint venture Syco Holdings, which owns TV formats such as “Got Talent” and “The X Factor.” Syco Holdings, to be renamed Syco Entertainment, retains ownership of all the company’s television formats.
buyer: Syco Entertainment
Simon Cowell executive produces and serves as a judge on NBC’s highly popular alternative series “America’s Got Talent” and “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” Cowell is a record company executive, television and film producer and global entertainment icon. "
target parent: Sony Corporation
target: Syco Entertainment
Syco Entertainment, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music, is one of the world’s leading global music, television and film production companies, responsible for some of the most successful global entertainment franchises. Syco’s television assets include Got Talent and The X Factor.
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closed 7/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

Sony Pictures Television, Inc., acquired Eleven Film

synopsis: Sony Pictures Television has acquired Eleven Film, a studio that produces quality drama, documentary and comedy for the UK and international markets. Their work includes SEX EDUCATION for Netflix, TRUE HORROR for Channel 4, GAP YEAR for E4, THE ENFIELD HAUNTING for Sky, GLUE for E4, and CAST OFFS for Channel 4.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Pictures Television, Inc.
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. SPT boasts a program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, original animated series, and more. "
target: Eleven Film
Founded in 2006, Eleven produces quality drama, documentary and comedy for the UK and international markets. Their work includes SEX EDUCATION for Netflix, TRUE HORROR for Channel 4, GAP YEAR for E4, THE ENFIELD HAUNTING for Sky, GLUE for E4, and CAST OFFS for Channel 4.
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closed 1/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, acquired THiS Music

synopsis: Sony/ATV, the leading music publisher with a catalogue of more than 3 million copyrights, has acquired THiS Music, a company that provides music publishing services based in Nashville, Tennessee.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the leading music publisher with a catalogue of more than 3 million copyrights, ranging from songs by iconic names including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Queen and The Rolling Stones to contemporary superstars such as Lady Gaga. "
target: THiS Music
THiS Music, LLC provides music publishing services. THiS Music, LLC is based in Nashville, Tennessee.
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closed 10/19/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Nacon, acquired Neopica BV

synopsis: Nacon, a French video game company based in Lesquin, has acquired Neopica, a renowned Belgian studio that has developed around sixty games, including a number of casual games designed to appeal to the widest possible audience.
buyer: Nacon (:$187.68)
Nacon, formerly Bigben Interactive SA is a French video game company based in Lesquin. Established in 1981, the company designs and distributes accessories for video game consoles, and publishes and distributes video games for various platforms. "
target: Neopica BV
Created in 2007, Neopica is a renowned Belgian studio that has developed around sixty games, including a number of casual games designed to appeal to the widest possible audience, particularly children, before moving on to more complex simulation games.
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closed 7/22/2020 via Company Press Release

Aico Ltd, acquired Homelync

synopsis: Aico, the UK market leader in domestic Fire and Carbon Monoxide protection, has acquired Homelync, an award-winning, innovative technology firm that specialize in smart home integration and analytics technology.
buyer parent: Ei Electronics
buyer: Aico Ltd
Aico, an Ei Company, are the UK market leader in domestic Fire and Carbon Monoxide protection, pioneering new technologies and offering high quality Fire and Carbon Monoxide alarms. "
target: Homelync
Homelync are an award-winning, innovative technology firm that specialize in smart home integration and analytics technology. With industry-leading expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT), software development and integration, the Homelync team are at the forefront of this progressive market.
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closed 7/31/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Synaptics, acquired DisplayLink

synopsis: Synaptics has acquired DisplayLink Corp., a leader in high-performance video compression technology. DisplayLink’s high performance software compression technology enables universal docking and casting of high bandwidth video from any device to any display using any transport medium such as USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
buyer: Synaptics (SYNA:$1,351.40)
Synaptics is the pioneer and leader of human interface solutions, bringing innovative and intuitive user experiences to intelligent devices. Synaptics has a broad portfolio of touch, display, biometrics, voice, audio, and multimedia products. "
target: DisplayLink
DisplayLink Corp. is a leader in high-performance video compression technology. DisplayLink’s high performance software compression technology enables universal docking and casting of high bandwidth video from any device to any display using any transport medium such as USB, Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
price ($mm)
$305
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$94
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closed 7/1/2020 via BNC Analysis

Google, acquired North Inc.

synopsis: Alphabet’s Google announced that it has acquired North Inc., a Canadian company that makes smart glasses that display computerized information superimposed over the real world, similar to Google Glass.
buyer: Google (GOOGL:$257,637.00)
Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services, products, and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube. Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. "
target: North Inc.
North, Inc., formerly Thalmic Labs, makes smart glasses that display computerized information superimposed over the real world, similar to Google Glass. They are based in Ontario, Canada.
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closed 6/10/2020 via Company Press Release

BOND Mobility, acquired e-motionlabs

synopsis: BOND Mobility has acquired e-motionlabs, a micromobility technology company that operates a fleet of e-bikes in Belgium, Germany, France and Netherlands under the brand KINGO. The company also focuses on vehicle (IOT) connectivity technology addressing the needs of e-bike OEMs and micromobility fleet operators.
buyer: BOND Mobility
BOND Mobility is a premium e-bike sharing operator, founded in Switzerland. BOND Mobility operates e-bikes that deliver speed and range comparable to cars and transit while offering an active, low-carbon mobility option to urban communities. "
target: e-motionlabs
e-motionlabs was founded in 2015, building and operating a fleet of e-bikes in Belgium, Germany, France and Netherlands under the brand KINGO. From 2018, the company focuses on vehicle (IOT) connectivity technology addressing the needs of e-bike OEMs and micromobility fleet operators.
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announced 5/26/2020 via PR Newswire

Polygon International AB, will acquire Hiotlabs AB

synopsis: Polygon has signed an agreement to acquire Hiotlabs AB. Hiotlabs is a Swedish based company offering market leading technology solutions based on Internet of Things and Machine Learning. The solutions consist of sensors and software platform, with the purpose of detecting and preventing water damages in buildings.
buyer: Polygon International AB
Polygon is the European market leader in property damage restoration, serving a range of sectors including insurance, property management, government and industrial clients. "
target: Hiotlabs AB
Hiotlabs is a Swedish based company offering market leading technology solutions based on Internet of Things and Machine Learning. The solutions consist of sensors and software platform, with the purpose of detecting and preventing water damages in buildings.
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closed 4/27/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Proxy, acquired Motiv Inc.

synopsis: Proxy, creator of digital identities for the physical world, announced that it has acquired Motiv, maker of the world’s most popular smart ring, to bring digital identity signals to wearables for the first time and revolutionize the way people use technology to interact with the world around them.
buyer: Proxy
Founded in 2016, Proxy's mission is to digitize people's identity and make it universally accessible, secure and private. Their first product is a simple way to access an office or building with just a phone, without even so much as pulling it out of your pocket. "
target: Motiv Inc.
Founded in 2013, Motiv is a breakthrough wearable technology company focused on designing products that fit seamlessly into people's lives and keep them living better. Motiv offers fitness & health tracking and online identity security features.
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closed 11/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Google, acquired Fitbit Inc.

synopsis: Fitbit, Inc. has been acquired by Google LLC. Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness.
buyer: Google (GOOGL:$257,637.00)
Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services, products, and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube. Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. "
target: Fitbit Inc. (FIT:$1,550.22)
Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leader in the Connected Health & Fitness category, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness.
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$1,504
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closed 7/17/2019 via PR Newswire

Breville Group Limited, acquired ChefSteps

synopsis: Australian global kitchen appliance maker Breville Group have acquired ChefSteps, a food and technology company. ChefSteps, with its website, is designed to inspire creativity and encourage experimentation in the kitchen through high-quality interactive content, techniques, tools, and resources.
buyer: Breville Group Limited (ASX:BRG:$497.76)
Breville is an Australian publicly listed company with a group of global subsidiaries who are the leading providers of small electrical appliances in the consumer products industry. The group of companies delivers world-class innovative products, enabling our global group to build strength. "
target: ChefSteps
ChefSteps is a smart kitchen product company building tools to help people cook more, enjoy cooking and get incredible results. Built by a team of chefs, engineers, and videographers, their product Joule and its app reflect their commitment to creating content-rich products that educate and inspire.
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closed 12/6/2018 via BusinessWire

ADTRAN, Inc., acquired SmartRG

synopsis: ADTRAN, Inc., the leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, announced its acquisition of SmartRG Inc, a pacesetter and accomplished innovator of carrier-class, open-source connected home platforms and cloud services for broadband service providers.
buyer: ADTRAN, Inc. (ADTN:$516.03)
ADTRAN, Inc. is the leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. "
target: SmartRG
SmartRG Inc. offers the best whole-home Wi-Fi service delivery platform in its class. Its innovative technology and elegant designs help broadband operators migrate, manage and monetize the increasingly connected home experience while exceeding subscriber expectations.
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closed 6/22/2018 via BusinessWire

Sphero, acquired Specdrums

synopsis: Sphero, the leader in bringing together play and STEAM learning, announced its acquisition of Specdrums, a Boulder-based music tech startup. Specdrums offers app-controlled rings worn on a user’s fingers that turn color into sound with a simple tap.
buyer: Sphero
Sphero is an industry-leading robotics toy company that bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual world with its smartphone-controlled robots. "
target: Specdrums
Specdrums is a Boulder-based music tech startup founded in 2016. Specdrums offers app-controlled rings worn on a user’s fingers that turn color into sound with a simple tap.
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closed 3/21/2018 via Company Press Release

Guardian Access & Door Hardware, acquired Garageio

synopsis: Guardian Access & Door Hardware, a manufacturer of operators and parts for the garage door industry, has acquired Alottazs Labs LLC, creator of Garageio. Garageio is a mobile application that allows users to securely control and monitor their garage door using their existing garage door opener and smartphone.
buyer: Guardian Access & Door Hardware
Guardian Access & Door Hardware specializes in the design and manufacture of operators, die castings, component stampings and plastic moldings for the garage door industry. Guardian strives to exceed the expectations of their customers through their comprehensive service and innovative designs. "
target: Garageio
Alottazs Labs LLC is a company that specializes in software/hardware solutions that simplifies everyday life. The company's Garageio mobile application allows users to securely control and monitor their garage door using their existing garage door opener and smartphone.
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closed 11/16/2017 via PR Newswire

Dash Robotics, acquired Bots Alive

synopsis: Dash Robotics, a company that is building the backbone of connected toys by creating technology to reimagine what's possible for the world's leading toy and gaming brands, announced the acquisition of Bots Alive, a robotics and AI company that uses computer vision and machine learning to bring life-like behavior to toys.
buyer: Dash Robotics
Dash Robotics is creating the backbone of connected toys. Their Platform for Connected Toys enables rapid development of hardware, software and backend analytics, making it easy to transform traditional toys and brands for the digital age. "
target: Bots Alive
Bots Alive builds software for toy makers to create novel play experiences by transforming ordinary toys into autonomous characters that think and act for themselves. Bots Alive's technology is optimized for mobile devices enabling users to leverage their smartphones as the toy’s eyes and brain.
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closed 4/19/2017 via Market Wire

Fulham Co., Inc., acquired Control Network Solutions Ltd

synopsis: Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, announced the acquisition of the assets of partner company Control Network Solutions (CNS), the UK-based creator of the elitedali™ smart lighting control and management system.
buyer: Fulham Co., Inc.
Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of LED modules & drivers, LED emergency lighting systems, electronic fluorescent ballasts, lamps, EHID ballasts, and more. "
target: Control Network Solutions Ltd
Control Network Solutions (CNS) is the UK-based creator of the elitedali™ smart lighting control and management system. CNS's smart IoT based lighting control solution for all types of commercial buildings is disrupting the traditional a market, globally.
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announced 1/4/2017 via Company Press Release

Rakuten Kobo Inc., will acquire Tolino

synopsis: Rakuten Kobo Inc. from Canada, one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading service providers, will acquire the Tolino technology platform from Deutsche Telekom. Tolino is a brand name of e-readers and tablets marketed by leading booksellers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
buyer parent: Rakuten Inc.
buyer: Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Founded in December 2009, Toronto-based Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering more than 5 million eBooks and magazines to millions of users across the world. "
target parent: Deutsche Telekom
target: Tolino
Tolino is a brand name of e-readers and tablets marketed by leading booksellers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Since 2014, the e-reader has also been available in Belgium, Netherlands, and Italy.
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closed 8/1/2016 via PR Newswire

CRF Health, acquired Entra Health

synopsis: CRF Health, the leading global provider of eCOA solutions for the life sciences industry, has acquired Entra Health, a global leader in mobile health IT, cloud-based remote monitoring, health data exchange and analytics solutions. The acquisition expands CRF Health's offerings into the expanding market of wireless medical and wellness devices.
buyer parent: Vitruvian Partners LLP
buyer: CRF Health
CRF Health is a leading provider of electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment (eCOA) solutions for global clinical trials. CRF Health’s TrialMax eCOA solutions consistently demonstrate the industry’s highest data accuracy, patient and site compliance, and patient retention. "
target: Entra Health
Entra Health is a mobile health IT company focused on cloud-based remote patient monitoring, telehealth, health data exchange and analytics solutions. They provide technology solutions and services ranging from their own FDA Class II software platform to their one-stop shopping for health devices.
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announced 6/23/2016 via GlobeNewswire

Alarm.com, Inc., will purchase Connect and Piper from iControl Networks, Inc.

synopsis: Alarm.com Holdings, Inc., the leading platform solution for the connected home and business, will acquire Connect and Piper from Icontrol Networks. Connect provides an interactive security and home automation platform that powers several service providers’ solutions. Piper designs, produces and sells a Wi-Fi-enabled video and home automation hub.
buyer parent: ABS Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Alarm.com, Inc. (ALRM:$457.25)
Alarm.com is the leading platform solution for the connected home. Alarm.com makes connected home technology broadly accessible to millions of home and business owners. "
seller: iControl Networks, Inc.
iControl Networks is a venture-backed software and services company providing award-winning solutions for the home management market. iControl Connect combines wifi and Z-Wave technologies with leading security control panels. Piper is an all- in - one smart home system that is customizable.
price ($mm)
$140
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closed 5/18/2016 via Reuters

Fitbit Inc., acquired Coin

synopsis: Fitbit Inc, a company that offers compact, wireless, wearable sensors that track a person’s daily activities in order to promote a healthy lifestyle, acquired Coin, a company that makes devices that use near-field communication (NFC) chips. NFC allows users to pay for purchases through their wearable devices or smartphones.
buyer: Fitbit Inc. (FIT:$1,550.22)
Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leader in the Connected Health & Fitness category, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness. "
target: Coin
Coin is a consumer electronics and financial technology company bringing simplicity and security to payments. Through the Coin developer program, wearables makers now have a turnkey solution for integrating secure payments into their devices (e.g. fitness trackers, smartwatches, jewelry).
price ($mm)
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closed 9/8/2016 via BusinessWire

Rovi Corporation, acquired TiVo Inc.

synopsis: Rovi Corporation announced that it has completed its acquisition of TiVo Inc. The company is adopting the iconic TiVo brand, marking the emergence of a new global leader in innovative products and licensable inventions that power consumer entertainment experiences and transform the value of audience relationships.
buyer: Rovi Corporation (ROVI:$510.63)
Rovi is leading the way in the discovery and personalization of digital entertainment. It creates personalized and data-driven ways for viewers to discover the right entertainment and for providers to discover the right audiences. "
target: TiVo Inc. (TIVO:$661.39)
TiVo Inc. is a global leader in next-generation television services. TiVo's innovative cloud-based SaaS solutions enable viewers to consume content across all screens in and out-of-the home.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,561 [$1,234]
rev ($mm)
$490
EBITDA ($mm)
$85
EV / rev
2.5x
EV / EBITDA
14.5x
announced 6/20/2014 via BNC Analysis

Nest Labs, Inc., will acquire Dropcam

synopsis: Home automation company Nest Labs will acquire the video-monitoring startup Dropcam, which makes Web-connected home security cameras, in a deal worth $555 million in cash. Nest will fold the company into its existing line of smart-home products, which currently includes the Protect smoke detector and Learning Thermostat.
buyer parent: Google Inc.
buyer: Nest Labs, Inc.
Hitting the market in 2011 with its thermostat and following in 2013 with the Protect smoke detector, Nest established itself early on as an industry favorite in the nascent smart-appliance market by bringing refreshing design and powerful software to once-immutable and ignored devices. "
target: Dropcam
Dropcam offers a limited line of tightly integrated hardware and software. The camera company has only three products: the Dropcam, Dropcam Pro, and Dropcam Tab. All three devices are aimed at helping customers monitor home activity through motion sensors and video recordings.
price ($mm)
$555
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
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