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closed 1/12/2022 via PR Newswire

BackStage, acquired Sharegrid

synopsis: Backstage, the leading freelancer marketplace and application suite for creators, announced that it has acquired ShareGrid, the largest and most trusted marketplace for high-quality, on-demand equipment rental for content creation.
buyer parent: TA Associates
buyer: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable. "
target: Sharegrid
ShareGrid is the world's most trusted online marketplace for sharing film and photography equipment with others in the same city. ShareGrid members rent everything from tripods to DSLRs to drones, providing a full range of equipment available for their members to create the highest quality of work.
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closed 3/2/2006 via PR Newswire

Apax Partners, acquired Pictage, Inc.

synopsis: Pictage, Inc., the nation's leading provider of wedding photography solutions to professional photographers, and Apax Partners, L.P., one of the world's leading private equity investment groups, announced that funds advised by Apax Partners are investing $29 million to acquire a majority ownership interest in Pictage.
buyer parent: Apax Partners & Co. Ventures Ltd.
buyer: Apax Partners
Apax Partners is one of the world's leading private equity investment groups. It operates across the United States, Europe and Israel and has more than 30 years of investing experience. Funds under the management or advice of Apax Partners total $35 billion around the world. "
target: Pictage, Inc.
Founded in early 2000, Pictage has quickly grown into the largest e-commerce service provider and online lab in the country, currently serving over 5000 thousand professional photographers nationwide.
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closed 1/28/2015 via BusinessWire

Adobe Systems Incorporated, acquired Fotolia

synopsis: Adobe has acquired privately-held Fotolia, a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video. Fotolia will be integrated into Adobe Creative Cloud, providing current and future Creative Cloud members with the ability to access and purchase over 34 million images and videos.
buyer: Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE:$15,099.00)
Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Adobe’s tools and services allow our customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success. "
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
target: Fotolia
Fotolia is a leading marketplace for royalty-free photos, images, graphics and HD video. Buyers access over 34 million images, vectors and videos at great prices, while contributing artists receive the highest commission rate on the market. Fotolia currently operates in 23 countries in 14 languages.
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closed 6/22/2012 via BusinessWire

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., acquired Fotolia

synopsis: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. announced the completion of the acquisition of Fotolia. Fotolia offers its users over 17 million digital images and videos. Fotolia is the leading microstock platform in Europe and is ranked among the top stock photography websites globally, providing a unique marketplace for photographers to sell their images.
buyer: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR:$16,236.15)
KKR is a leading global investment firm with $62.3 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2012. With offices around the world, KKR manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes. "
target: Fotolia
With over 17 million digital images and videos to choose from, Fotolia offers one of the largest image databases of quality. Over 3 million people choose Fotolia for affordable, royalty-free images, graphics and HD videos.
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$150
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closed 9/12/2019 via BusinessWire

Spotify Ltd, acquired SoundBetter

synopsis: Spotify, the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, announced that it has acquired SoundBetter, a leading global audio production and collaboration marketplace helping creators worldwide connect and hire top audio professionals.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$10,182.00)
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. "
target: SoundBetter
SoundBetter is a leading global audio production and collaboration marketplace helping creators worldwide connect and hire top audio professionals. Since its founding in 2012, SoundBetter has helped tens of thousands of music professionals buy and offer services across the globe.
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closed 6/1/2022 via GlobeNewswire

StudioNow Inc., acquired Snapwire

synopsis: StudioNow, the leading global content production marketplace for top brands, agencies, and media companies, announced its acquisition of Snapwire, a venture-backed marketplace that connects visual creators to brands and businesses who need photos and videos.
buyer: StudioNow Inc.
StudioNow is the No. 1 Content Production Marketplace. StudioNow works directly with top-tier brands, including Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Walgreens, Netflix, delivering high-quality video at scale through a global network of over 12,000 top-ranked producers, animators, editors, and photographers. "
target: Snapwire
Snapwire is a leading self-serve visual content marketplace with over 1M registered creator users providing visual content solutions in over 180 countries. Snapwire's platform has produced over 100,000 photoshoots for location documentation.
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closed 11/11/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Zenfolio, Inc., acquired Format

synopsis: Zenfolio, the leader in creative and business solutions for photographers, announced that it has acquired Format, a major website-building platform and marketplace based in Toronto, Canada, used by professional photographers and artists worldwide.
buyer parent: Centre Lane Partners, LLC
buyer: Zenfolio, Inc.
Zenfolio Inc. offers advanced business solutions enabling photographers to easily show, share and sell their images. For the past 15 years, Zenfolio has proudly served photographers around the globe. "
target: Format
Format is a major website-building platform and marketplace based in Toronto, Canada, used by professional photographers and artists worldwide. Format empowers professional photographers and creatives by transforming them into successful entrepreneurs.
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closed 5/26/2021 via PR Newswire

Collage merged with ShootProof,

synopsis: Collage.com, a provider of a variety of photo and home products, has merged with ShootProof, a leader in software, purchasing, education, and productivity solutions for professional photographers. With the merger, ShootProof has created Foreground, a family of brands that help photographers and photo consumers create memories that last a lifetime.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: ShootProof
ShootProof is a leading provider of online gallery software, sales, and business management tools for professional and semi-professional photographers around the world. Their platform enables photographers to share and sell their photos commission-free in customizable galleries and apps. "
target: Collage
Collage is a leading provider of a variety of photo and home products, including photo blankets, canvases, phone cases, pillows, and more. Whether it's designing a collage or printing a single image, creating the perfect custom product is fast, easy, and fun.
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closed 4/8/2021 via PR Web

WorthPoint Corporation, acquired History In Photographs

synopsis: WorthPoint Corporation has purchased the assets of HistoryInPhotographs.com (HIP), a digital repository and e-commerce site for more than 50,000 historic photographic images of American life dating from the 1860s. HIP digitally restores the negatives, cleaning away the dirt, blemishes, and discoloration often buried in the original emulsion.
buyer: WorthPoint Corporation
WorthPoint manages the largest online resource for researching, valuing, and preserving antiques, art, and collectibles. The company’s suite of offerings includes a Price Guide, a resource gallery for identifying maker’s marks, autographs, patterns, and symbols (M.A.P.S.), and a digital Library. "
target: History In Photographs
History in Photographs (HIP) is a digital repository and e-commerce site for more than 50,000 historic photographic images of American life dating from the 1860s. HIP's team digitally restores the negatives, cleaning away the dirt, blemishes, and discoloration often buried in the original emulsion.
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announced 2/24/2017 via Company Press Release

PIXTA Inc., will acquire Topic Images Inc.

synopsis: PIXTA Inc., a company that operates an online marketplace site of stock photos, illustrations, vectors, and footage in Japan, is acquiring TOPIC Images Inc., a Korean company that owns and operates an online database for photographs. They offer stock images such as photographs, illustrations and motion clips.
buyer: PIXTA Inc. (TSE:3416:$15.70)
PIXTA Inc. operates an online marketplace site of stock photos, illustrations, vectors, and footage in Japan. It serves designers, Web directors, publishers, or other creative professionals. PIXTA Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. "
target: Topic Images Inc.
TOPIC Images Inc. owns and operates an online database for photographs. They offer stock images such as photographs, illustrations and motion clips. TOPIC Images Inc. was founded in 1992 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
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$1.16*
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closed 1/22/2014 via BNC Analysis

Riplay SAS merged with Vodkaster SAS,

synopsis: French movie-interest social network provider Vodkaster is to merge with DVD digitisation specialist Riplay with a view to launching a new Netflix-like video-on-demand service in the country. Riplay SAS operates an online platform and allows users to digitize their DVDs and buy and sell digital versions of DVDs for viewing on multiple devices.
buyer: Vodkaster SAS
Vodkaster is the social network that keeps users in touch with movies, stars, and filmmakers. The company is based in Paris, France. "
target: Riplay SAS
Riplay SAS operates an online platform and allows users to digitize their DVDs and buy and sell digital versions of DVDs for viewing on multiple devices. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in Paris, France.
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closed 10/24/2013 via BusinessWire

Shutterfly, Inc., acquired BorrowLenses

synopsis: Shutterfly, Inc., the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services, announced that it has acquired BorrowLenses, the premier online marketplace for photographic and video equipment rentals. BorrowLenses’s Founders, Max Shevyakov and Mark Gurevich, will join Shutterfly Inc.
buyer: Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY:$2,086.78)
Shutterfly, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services. The Shutterfly, Inc. brands include Shutterfly; Tiny Prints, premium cards & stationery; Wedding Paper Divas, wedding invitations & stationery; & Treat, personalized greeting cards. "
target: BorrowLenses
BorrowLenses is the premier online marketplace for photographic and video equipment rentals. Rent camera bodies, lenses, lighting kits, and more via their easy to use website navigation or search for a specific item in the search bar. Equipment is also available for sale on the site.
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closed 4/30/2013 via BusinessWire

Shutterfly, Inc., acquired MyPublisher, Inc.

synopsis: Shutterfly, Inc., the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services, announced that it has acquired MyPublisher, one of the pioneers in the photo book industry and creator of easy-to-use photo book-making software.
buyer: Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY:$2,086.78)
Shutterfly, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services. The Shutterfly, Inc. brands include Shutterfly; Tiny Prints, premium cards & stationery; Wedding Paper Divas, wedding invitations & stationery; & Treat, personalized greeting cards. "
target: MyPublisher, Inc.
MyPublisher has established itself as one of the leaders in custom photo-book software, bookstore quality printing and superior customer service. MyPublisher has sold and shipped more than 5 million photo books since 2002.
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closed 12/8/2021 via BNC Analysis

Minly, acquired Oulo

synopsis: Minly, an online and mobile platform that connects celebrities and fans in the MENA region, has acquired Oulo, a celebrity shoutout platform in Dubai. Oulo is a mobile platform that allows users to book personalized shoutout videos from many of the region's most famous celebrities.
buyer: Minly
Minly is an online and mobile platform that connects celebrities and fans in the MENA region. Minly enables fans to connect with their favorite celebrities through various Minly Experiences, such as personalized video shoutouts, direct text messages and voice notes. "
target: Oulo
Oulo is a celebrity shoutout platform in Dubai. Oulo aims to provide fans in the Middle East with memorable and personalized experiences with their favourite celebrities. Their mobile platform allows users to book personalized shoutout videos from many of the region's most famous celebrities.
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closed 10/19/2020 via BNC Analysis

Volojoy merged with Chattyco,

synopsis: Volojoy has merged with Chattyco, a platform for personalized video messages in Germany. Volojoy is a German marketplace where fans can order video shout-outs from talents. Volojoy allows users to book personalized shout-out videos from a variety of talents, including actors, models, musicians, and more.
buyer: Chattyco
Chattyco is a platform for personalized video messages in Germany. Chattyco enables fans to request celebrities and influencers to record greetings or other video clips for their loved ones. The celebrities and influencers set the prices themselves and can also support a charity of their choice. "
target: Volojoy
Volojoy is a German marketplace where fans can order video shout-outs from talents. Volojoy allows users to book personalized shout-out videos for themselves or their friends and family. The platform offers a variety of talents users can choose from, including actors, models, musicians, and more.
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announced 8/23/2016 via Reuters

PIXTA Inc., will acquire Snapmart Inc.

synopsis: PIXTA Inc., a company that operates an online marketplace site of stock photos, illustrations, vectors, and footage in Japan, is acquiring Snapmart Inc., a company that develops a mobile application that sells photos taken by smartphone users. Snapmart is based in Japan.
buyer: PIXTA Inc. (TSE:3416:$15.70)
PIXTA Inc. operates an online marketplace site of stock photos, illustrations, vectors, and footage in Japan. It serves designers, Web directors, publishers, or other creative professionals. PIXTA Inc. was founded in 2005 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. "
target parent: OPT Incubate Inc.
target: Snapmart Inc.
Snapmart Inc. develops a mobile application that sells photos taken by smartphone users. The company was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
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closed 11/17/2014 via BusinessWire

Shutterfly, Inc., acquired GrooveBook

synopsis: Shutterfly, Inc., the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services, announced that it has acquired GrooveBook, a mobile photo book app subscription service that sends customers a keepsake book of their mobile phone photos each month.
buyer: Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY:$2,086.78)
Shutterfly, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services. The Shutterfly, Inc. brands include Shutterfly; Tiny Prints, premium cards & stationery; Wedding Paper Divas, wedding invitations & stationery; & Treat, personalized greeting cards. "
target: GrooveBook
GrooveBook is a mobile photo book app subscription service that sends customers a keepsake book of their mobile phone photos each month. GrooveBook is an iPhone and Android app and subscription service that prints up to 100 mobile phone photos in a 4.5" x 6.5" Groovebook and mails it to customers.
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closed 6/17/2020 via PR Newswire

Fearless Ent, acquired FilmOla

synopsis: Fearless Films, Inc. (Fearless Ent), an independent full-service production company in Canada, has acquired FilmOla, an online marketplace where content is showcased and updated instantly to a trusted global community of viewers. FilmOla offers over 5,000 movies and 1,000 TV series that rotate every month.
buyer: Fearless Ent (OTCPK:FERL:$0.00)
Fearless Films, Inc. (Fearless Ent) is a full-service production company in Canada. Fearless specializes in short film and feature film production in addition to script writing, copywriting, fulfillment and distribution. Their productions include The Great Chameleon, Bag the Wolf, and more. "
target: FilmOla
FilmOla is an online marketplace where content is showcased and updated instantly to a trusted global community of viewers. FilmOla offers over 5,000 movies and 1,000 TV series that rotate every month. Their library of content covers a variety of genres, including action, comedy, drama, and more.
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closed 11/21/2018 via BNC Analysis

Generos Media Group, Inc., acquired FishFlix.com

synopsis: Generos Media Group, Inc. has completed their acquisition of all assets pertaining to Fishflix.com. FishFlix.com is one of the most comprehensive websites for Christian Movies. Featuring thousands of high-quality Christian DVDs at everyday low prices.
buyer: Generos Media Group, Inc.
Generos Media Group INC. a group of e-commerce-based businesses that bring family friendly entertainment options to families seeking options void of any violent and graphic content. "
target: FishFlix.com
FishFlix.com is one of the most comprehensive websites for Christian Movies. Featuring thousands of high-quality Christian DVDs at everyday low prices. FishFlix is an online store with a mission to bring The Greatest Christian and Family-Friendly Films in the World at Great Prices.
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closed 5/23/2018 via BNC Analysis

Paytm, acquired TicketNew

synopsis: Paytm, India's largest digital goods and mobile commerce platform, has acquired TicketNew from Alibaba Pictures, a Chinese film company under the Alibaba Group. TicketNew is a 10+ years old Movie Ticketing Marketplace that has presence in over 300+ cities in India.
buyer parent: One97 Communications Ltd.
buyer: Paytm
Paytm is India's largest digital goods and mobile commerce platform - inspired and driven by a commitment to great consumer experience. Paytm is also a leading payment solutions provider to e-commerce merchants using its RBI approved semi-closed wallet. "
target parent: Alibaba Group
target: TicketNew
TicketNew is a 10+ years old Movie Ticketing Marketplace that has presence in over 300+ cities in India. The company holds a strong position in the movie ticketing space in the country due to its unmatched network of neighbourhood theatres to large cinema chains across urban and rural areas.
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$35
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closed 1/12/2022 via PR Newswire

BackStage, acquired Sharegrid

synopsis: Backstage, the leading freelancer marketplace and application suite for creators, announced that it has acquired ShareGrid, the largest and most trusted marketplace for high-quality, on-demand equipment rental for content creation.
buyer parent: TA Associates
buyer: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable. "
target: Sharegrid
ShareGrid is the world's most trusted online marketplace for sharing film and photography equipment with others in the same city. ShareGrid members rent everything from tripods to DSLRs to drones, providing a full range of equipment available for their members to create the highest quality of work.
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announced 2/9/2022 via PR Newswire

Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, will acquire BackStage

synopsis: Cast & Crew, a leading end-to-end cloud-based platform powering global entertainment production and content creation, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Backstage, a leading provider of talent marketplace and content creation tools for the creative economy.
buyer parent: EQT AB
buyer: Cast & Crew Entertainment Services
Cast & Crew services the entertainment industry by providing technology-enabled payroll and human resources, accounting and financial, and workflow and productivity software. These solutions include payroll processing, residuals processing, workers' compensation services, labor relations, and more. "
target parent: TA Associates
target: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable.
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closed 1/12/2022 via PR Newswire

BackStage, acquired Sharegrid

synopsis: Backstage, the leading freelancer marketplace and application suite for creators, announced that it has acquired ShareGrid, the largest and most trusted marketplace for high-quality, on-demand equipment rental for content creation.
buyer parent: TA Associates
buyer: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable. "
target: Sharegrid
ShareGrid is the world's most trusted online marketplace for sharing film and photography equipment with others in the same city. ShareGrid members rent everything from tripods to DSLRs to drones, providing a full range of equipment available for their members to create the highest quality of work.
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closed 9/8/2021 via PR Newswire

BackStage, acquired Coverfly

synopsis: Backstage, the leading freelancer marketplace and application suite for creators, announced that it has acquired Coverfly. Coverfly is the industry's leading online platform for connecting emerging screenwriters with entertainment industry reps, dedicated to improving Hollywood's talent-discovery process.
buyer parent: TA Associates
buyer: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable. "
target: Coverfly
Coverfly is the industry's leading online platform for connecting emerging screenwriters with entertainment industry reps, dedicated to improving Hollywood's talent-discovery process. Coverfly allows for a free and meritocratic process to identify the best emerging writing talent.
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closed 9/8/2021 via BNC Analysis

BackStage, acquired Voice123

synopsis: Backstage, the leading freelancer marketplace and application suite for creators, announced that it has acquired Voice123. Voice123 is the world's first and most trusted marketplace for professional voice actors. It provides a dynamic, enjoyable, and nuisance-free online platform where it's easy to find the right voice for every need.
buyer parent: TA Associates
buyer: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable. "
target: Voice123
Voice123 is the world's first and most trusted marketplace for professional voice actors. It provides a dynamic, enjoyable, and nuisance-free online platform where it's easy to find the right voice for every conceivable voice-over need.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired StarNow

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired StarNow, a New Zealand-based talent platform for actors, models, influencers and musicians.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: StarNow
StarNow is the leading auditions and jobs website for actors, models, dancers, photographers, stylists, crew, and musicians. They have over four million members worldwide, and they work with some of the industry’s top casting professionals.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired The Mandy Network

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired The Mandy Network, a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: The Mandy Network
Mandy Network is a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals. Over 2.9 million creative professionals use Mandy to find work and to network, including Actors, Film and TV Crew, Backstage Theatre, Voiceover Artists, Dancers, Singers, Musicians and more.
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closed 1/30/2013 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired Sonicbids

synopsis: Backstage, LLC announced that it has acquired Sonicbids, the leading platform for bands to connect with promoters and market themselves online. The deal, financed by Guggenheim Partners, combines the two leading entities for actors, musicians, casting directors and promoters to showcase and discover talent.
buyer parent: Guggenheim Partners, LLC
buyer: Back Stage
Founded in 1960, Backstage is the world's most trusted name in casting, auditions and entertainment-industry opportunities. Backstage helps actors, models, dancers, singers, comedians, variety performers, voice-over artists, and crew members find gigs. "
target: Sonicbids
Sonicbids is the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. It connects more than 400,000 bands with 30,000 promoters from over 100 different countries.
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announced 10/17/2011 via BNC Analysis

Prometheus Global Media, will acquire Back Stage

synopsis: Prometheus Global Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, has struck a strategic alliance with a group of investors led by John Amato that will acquire a stake in Back Stage, which provides news and information on the performing arts sector, particularly TV, film and theatre.
buyer parent: Guggenheim Partners, LLC
buyer: Prometheus Global Media
Prometheus Global Media is a diversified company with leading assets in the media and entertainment arenas, including: Music; Film; and Advertising & Marketing. Its assets include Billboard and its related conference events, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Mediaweek, and more. "
target: Back Stage
Back Stage is a magazine that provides news and information on the performing arts sector, particularly TV, film and theatre. Back Stage reaches a potential audience of more than 2 million entertainers and industry professionals.
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announced 2/9/2022 via PR Newswire

Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, will acquire BackStage

synopsis: Cast & Crew, a leading end-to-end cloud-based platform powering global entertainment production and content creation, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Backstage, a leading provider of talent marketplace and content creation tools for the creative economy.
buyer parent: EQT AB
buyer: Cast & Crew Entertainment Services
Cast & Crew services the entertainment industry by providing technology-enabled payroll and human resources, accounting and financial, and workflow and productivity software. These solutions include payroll processing, residuals processing, workers' compensation services, labor relations, and more. "
target parent: TA Associates
target: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable.
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closed 6/17/2022 via PR Newswire

Talent Systems, LLC, acquired Staff Me Up, Inc.

synopsis: Talent Systems, a leading provider of casting and auditioning software, has acquired Staff Me Up, the leading hiring platform for media production. Staff Me Up provides freelancers with access to exclusive production jobs and gives media production companies the ability to efficiently hire qualified crew members.
buyer: Talent Systems, LLC
Talent Systems is a leading provider of casting and auditioning software. Talent Systems enables casting directors and agents worldwide to source and manage talent across film, television, commercials, theater and digital projects. "
target: Staff Me Up, Inc.
Staff Me Up is the leading hiring platform for media production. Staff Me Up provides freelancers with access to exclusive production jobs and insights to help them advance their careers; and gives media production companies the ability to efficiently hire qualified crew members.
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closed 9/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

StudioBinder Inc., acquired ProductionBeast

synopsis: StudioBinder Inc., a film production management software company allowing video professionals and agencies to create call sheets, shot lists, storyboards, and more, announced that it has acquired ProductionBeast, a job board and social networking community for television and film. Film companies use ProductionBeast’s job board to find talent.
buyer: StudioBinder Inc.
StudioBinder offers a cloud-based solution for video production management. Their product allows productions to better manage themselves with team collaboration features, script breakdowns, scheduling, shot listing, storyboarding, call sheets, contact management and more. "
target: ProductionBeast
ProductionBeast connects television, film and video freelancers with employers in the entertainment industry. Production companies use ProductionBeast’s job board to find the best talent. Its social networking features allows freelancers, vendors, and companies to create profiles and connect.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired StarNow

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired StarNow, a New Zealand-based talent platform for actors, models, influencers and musicians.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: StarNow
StarNow is the leading auditions and jobs website for actors, models, dancers, photographers, stylists, crew, and musicians. They have over four million members worldwide, and they work with some of the industry’s top casting professionals.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired The Mandy Network

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired The Mandy Network, a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: The Mandy Network
Mandy Network is a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals. Over 2.9 million creative professionals use Mandy to find work and to network, including Actors, Film and TV Crew, Backstage Theatre, Voiceover Artists, Dancers, Singers, Musicians and more.
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closed 6/24/2021 via PR Web

Togetherwork, acquired Acceptd

synopsis: Togetherwork has acquired Acceptd, the premier application and audition platform for the arts. Togetherwork’s portfolio of offerings includes advanced payment offerings, which will allow Acceptd’s customers to transact more efficiently with modern features, move across all geographies, and ensure compliance.
buyer parent: GI Partners
buyer: Togetherwork
Togetherwork is a leader in software and payments for member-based organizations, helping them grow, become more efficient, increase revenues and provide excellent service to their members and constituents. They operate across the non-profit, higher education, and recreation and leisure end markets."
target: Acceptd
Acceptd is a leading software platform connecting artists and art organizations. Arts organizations of all types and sizes are empowered by Acceptd to dramatically reduce the administrative side of recruiting while increasing the size of their applicant talent pool.
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announced 3/24/2021 via PR Web

iHire, will acquire Work in Sports

synopsis: iHire announced plans to acquire WorkInSports, a leading employment hub of the sports industry. Post-acquisition, WorkInSports will be fully integrated with iHire’s platform, allowing job seekers in the sports industry to take advantage of iHire’s advanced job matching technology, career resources, resume writing tools, and more.
buyer: iHire
iHire is a leading career-oriented platform that brings candidates and employers together in 56 industry-focused communities. They believe that by narrowing job seekers’ and employers’ searches within a specific industry, they can connect high-quality talent with the right opportunities. "
target: Work in Sports
Phoenix-based WorkInSports has been widely recognized as the #1 source for jobs in the sports industry. With over 8,000 sports employers nationwide actively posting their latest openings, WorkInSports has helped thousands of job seekers follow their passion and discover their dream career in sports
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closed 5/13/2020 via Company Press Release

Sportsfield Co., Ltd., acquired Spojoba

synopsis: Sportsfield, a Japanese provider of recruitment support services for the sports industry, has acquired Spojoba from Sports Mario, a sporting goods retailer in Japan. Spojoba is a Japanese recruitment site that specializes in the sports industry. Spojoba offers over 400 job listings for a variety of sports, including baseball, golf, soccer and more.
buyer: Sportsfield Co., Ltd. (TSE:7080:$17.76)
Sportsfield is a Japanese provider of recruitment support services for the sports industry. Sportsfield plans and operates Sponavi, the largest sports-focused job-hunting event for university graduates. The company also provides recruitment consulting services. "
target parent: Sports Mario Co., Ltd.
target: Spojoba
Spojoba is a Japanese recruitment site that specializes in the sports industry. Spojoba offers over 400 sports related job listings. The platform offers jobs for a variety of sports, including baseball, golf, martial arts, soccer, winter sports, bicycling, and more.
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closed 12/20/2012 via Forbes

Adobe Systems Incorporated, acquired Behance

synopsis: Adobe announced that it is acquiring Behance, “a leading online social media platform that enables creatives to showcase and share their work,” to become part of their Creative Cloud suite of tools and online services for designers. The privately-held portfolio powerhouse has one million members and also host portfolios.
buyer: Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE:$15,099.00)
For over 25 years, Adobe Systems Incorporated’s award-winning software and technologies have redefined business, entertainment, and personal communications by setting new standards for producing and delivering content that engages people virtually anywhere at anytime. "
target: Behance
Behance's core product is the Behance Network, the leading platform for creative professionals across all industries. Members create multi-media portfolios that showcase their work within the Network, as well as throughout partner sites and organizations, and the industry-specific Served Sites.
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announced 4/25/2018 via BNC Analysis

Snappr Pty. Ltd., will acquire Photographers.com.au

synopsis: On-demand photography start-up Snappr will take over Photographers.com.au, one of Australia's largest advertising platforms for professional photographers. With about 5000 registrants, Photographers.com.au offers a user generated photographers directory where people can search, find and hire the services of a photographer.
buyer: Snappr Pty. Ltd.
Snappr is an online marketplace for on-demand professional photographers. They connect professional photographers with businesses and consumers who need quality photography for an amazing price. They offer photographers for events, graduations, fashion, portraits, real estate and more. "
target: Photographers.com.au
Photographers.com.au is one of Australia's largest advertising platforms for professional photographers with about 5000 registrants. It offers a user generated photographers directory where people can search, find and hire the services of a photographer.
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closed 4/27/2006 via BusinessWire

Aquent LLC, acquired Designer Resource International, Ltd.

synopsis: Aquent, the world's largest creative and marketing services firm specializing in the placement of creative, marketing, production and IT professionals, announced the acquisition of Designer Resource International Ltd, a leading staffing firm, with a global business specializing in Fashion design, production, technical and sales recruitment.
buyer: Aquent LLC
For more than twenty years Aquent has led the way in transforming how companies find and utilize marketing and creative talent to execute their brand strategies. Aquent's pioneering approach to staffing and services has helped thousands of companies build their internal marketing and communications."
target: Designer Resource International, Ltd.
Designer Resource International Ltd has been operating within the Fashion industry for over nine years. Supplying the world’s top brands, such as Burberry, Gucci Group, Calvin Klein, Nike, Puma International, Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Disney, etc. with the highest calibre professionals.
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