The acquisition will see Memnon merging with ES Broadcast’s media content services subsidiary LMH

ES Broadcast has acquired Sony’s archiving solutions arm, Memnon for an undisclosed fee.

Memnon provides digitisation and restoration services from its bases in Belgium, the US, Israel and Australia.

The acquisition expands the services of ES Broadcast (through its media content services subsidiary LMH), which is primarily known for equipment sales and rental, and systems integration.

ES Broadcast operates across 10 locations in the UK, US and Spain, with clients including sports bodies, broadcasters, service providers, institutions, and historic and national library archives.

As part of the acquisition Memnon CEO Baku Morikuni is to step down, with Memnon founder Michel Merten leading the management of the company’s EMEA and APAC operation.

Andrew Dapuzzo will lead the business in the US.

LMH, which delivers media services to UK clients, is led by managing director Gary Edwards, who will help to oversee the integration of the two businesses.

ES Broadcast group CEO Ben Murphy said: “The acquisition is an integral part of our global strategy of increasing the focus on services-led solutions. It is a powerful combination of two leading service providers, with the ability to reach a global audience of media and entertainment clients, as well as institutional businesses such as museums, libraries, archives and universities.

“Combining the expertise of Memnon’s existing team with the wider pool of highly technical talent at ES Broadcast’s disposal creates the exciting prospect of further solution innovation and service development across the business, which will only be of benefit to our customers.”

Edward Saunders, executive chairman of ES Broadcast, added: “With LMH having grown its digitisation and archiving offering significantly in recent years, there are a lot of synergies with Memnon, which is recognised as a leading light in that area. We are excited to be bringing Memnon into the group and enabling its customers to access the wide range of services and unsurpassed technical expertise that ES Broadcast offers.”

Adam Fry, vice-president, Professional Solutions Europe, Sony Europe, said: “With its leading digitisation, restoration, and preservation of historical content expertise and its worldwide footprint, Memnon already contributes in a unique way to the content and media industry. ES Broadcast has been a business partner for Sony in Europe for many years and we believe that the combination of capabilities of both companies will have a positive impact on the whole industry.