PE-backed BTI Studios acquires German dubbing studio Berliner Synchron

BTI Studios, a portfolio company of Shamrock Capital, has acquired Berliner Synchron Gmbh, a dubbing studio in Germany. The seller was S&L Medien Gruppe. No financial terms were disclosed.

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November 12, 2018
Today global media localization company BTI Studios announced the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Berliner Synchron GmbH from Munich based S&L Medien Gruppe.

Berliner Synchron GmbH was founded in 1949 as the first professional dubbing studio in Germany. Since then it has dubbed more than 8000 titles into German, with the company still holding a leading position in the industry today.

The Berliner Synchron deal follows BTI’s acquisition of Dutch dubbing studio Creative Sounds last month, and will increase BTI’s offering to 63 recording studios across 24 facilities spanning Europe, the US and Asia.

Björn Lifvergren, BTI Studios founder and leader of the M&A team, commented on the deal; “The acquisition of Berliner Synchron is an important cornerstone in the geographic expansion of BTI Studios. It fits well into our strategy to establish presence in all key dubbing territories. Berliner Synchron has everything we are looking for in a dubbing company; a professional team with great management in state-of-the art studios.”

Maria Theresia Seidlein, owner of S&L Media Gruppe, “We are confident that BTI Studios is the right owner to take Berliner Synchron onwards. BTI´s international standing will boost the market position of Berliner Synchron and the future prospects of its employees.”

In 2016, Berliner Synchron moved into brand new, purpose built, state-of-the-art studios in the innovative EUREF Campus. Co-CEOs Dr Martina Berninger and Marcus Dröscher will continue to lead the successful German studio, and, together with their highly professional team, bring their wealth of knowledge in the German dubbing market to BTI Studios.

Dr. Martina Berninger commented on the transaction; “We are delighted to join BTI Studios, the fastest growing media localization company worldwide. Being part of the BTI group will give us access to greater technological resources and expertise to spur innovation and thus improve the quality of our services to our national and international customers.”

About Shamrock Capital
Shamrock Capital is a Los Angeles-based investment firm with approximately $1.6 billion of assets under management, investing exclusively in the media, entertainment and communications sectors. Shamrock was originally founded in 1978 as the family investment company of the late Roy E. Disney and has since evolved into an institutional money manager with a leading group of investors including endowment and pension funds. Shamrock partners with strong management teams and takes an active, collaborative approach to creating value in each investment. Shamrock’s current investments include Appetize, Branded Cities, BTI Studios, FanDuel, INgrooves Music Group, Maple Media, Mobilitie, Omega Wireless, Pixellot, Screenvision Media, Silvergate Media and Wpromote. For more information, visit: shamrockcap.com.

About BTI Studios
BTI Studios is among the world’s largest localization companies providing dubbing, subtitling, and access services in any language. Founded in 1995, BTI Studios today operates 23 local facilities globally, spanning a network of fully owned local sites across Europe, Asia and the US. BTI Studios’ clients are broadcasters, such as BBC Worldwide, Discovery Networks and Turner; major film studios such as NBC Universal, Warner, Disney and Fox; and OTT Platforms, such as Amazon, Netflix and Hulu.

About Berliner Synchron
Berliner Synchron currently employs over 60 FTE and has access to more than 3000 dubbing actors, directors and authors. It offers five recording studios, a high-end cinema mixing studio and a TV mixing studio in which more than 100 films and series are dubbed every year.