Deal Enhances Sony’s Media Solutions and Cloud-based Services and Capabilities for Advanced Master Control Automation and Asset Management
PARK RIDGE, N.J., April 23, 2017 – Sony Electronics Inc. has acquired Crispin Corporation, which will be integrated as a wholly-owned subsidiary into Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions Americas group.
Crispin develops master control automation and asset management solutions for broadcasters, cable operators and other television and media operations. This acquisition allows Crispin and Sony to combine their respective expertise in broadcast and production workflow applications to offer customers a turn-key source for content distribution and management.
Sony has previously worked with Crispin on several media solutions projects, most notably the Public Media Management master control and cloud-based distribution service for PBS and TEGNA’s Media Clearinghouse project, which automated the process of distributing syndicated programs across its entire group, using Sony’s Ci media cloud services. Both projects relied on Crispin’s master control automation and Loading Dock technologies, as well as tight integration with Sony’s Ci media cloud services, as critical components.
“We’ve worked with Sony as a technology partner for many years, and extending that collaboration makes sense for both of our companies and our existing customers,” said Alan DeVaney, CEO of Crispin Corporation. “We’re very familiar with the markets that are important to Sony and our expertise and resources perfectly complement Sony’s media workflow technologies.”
Sony and Crispin again recently collaborated to develop a new solution, Managed Media Distribution Center. This system distributes content, transcodes, monitors and performs analytics, conducts quality control and enables collaboration – all while maintaining metadata and status sync across all stations.
The integration of Crispin into Sony’s family will accelerate this type of joint development, with Sony leveraging Crispin’s expertise in high-level software to provide end-to-end solutions and managed services in new and existing professional markets.
“Sony is focused on helping our customers find efficiencies in every aspect of their business, from automated workflows to location free media access to flexibility and speed in moving files,” said John Studdert, VP, sales and marketing, Sony Electronics. “Our customers expect a ‘one-stop’ source when making solutions-based decisions. Now with Crispin a part of the Sony family, we can install and integrate the best technology available, together with providing content creation, monitoring and distribution services.”