Voices.com to acquire Voicebank.net

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By Ted Liu

Voices.com, a portfolio company of Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital, has agreed to acquire Voicebank.net, Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Launched in 1998, Beverly Hills, California based Voicebank.net is a leading online platform for casting and project management workflow utilized by more than 1,600 of the top global advertising agencies, casting directors and creative, television and film production studios.

London, Ontario based Voices.com is the largest global online marketplace for audio and voice over products and services comprised of nearly half a million business clients and voice actors. Its flagship website, www.voices.com, records approximately two million unique visitors annually and has enabled over 250,000 transactions to date.

Combined, Voices.com and VoiceBank.net will address all segments of the market and include all engagement types from animation dubbing to global television spots to podcasts to gaming. While operating as separate platforms, VoiceBank.net will immediately benefit from Voices.com’s deep investment in its technology and systems. Production companies and corporate clients will now be able to turn to Voices.com for all of their audio and voice over requirements, large and small.

“The acquisition will create a new paradigm for the process of securing voice talent across the globe,” said Voices.com CEO and Founder, David Ciccarelli. “Years of customer feedback and an ongoing commitment to continue to revolutionize the voice over industry has resulted in this transaction. Acquiring Voicebank.net will see Voices.com strengthening relationships in the community and further delivering on the evolving needs of clients and talent alike.”

“From early meetings, it was clear to me that our companies had much in common, including a similar vision for the future. That, in combination with it being the right time for each of us, resulted in this acquisition,” said Jeff Hixon, the CEO and Founder of Voicebank.net for the past 19 years. “As a leading company in the voice over industry, this relationship with Voices.com will be an invaluable benefit for both Voicebank.net and our customers.”

The acquisition follows Voices.com’s recent closing of US $18 million growth investment from Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital.

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