Sony Europe has announced the acquisition of Memnon Archiving Services, a Brussels-based company providing a service in the field of digitisation and digital archive preservation.
Memnon’s archiving services and technologies coupled with Sony’s extensive workflow and media solutions and leadership position in the broadcast industry will create new market opportunities for advanced media asset management and digitisation solutions for media companies, broadcasters and institutions around the world.
Katsunori Yamanouchi, vice president, Sony Professional, Sony Europe, commented, “Memnon have industry leading experience in handling and managing precious archives, experience which is recognised by a wide range of highly regarded institutions around the world. Together with Memnon, Sony will be able to support customers in the challenge to preserve hundreds of millions of hours of AV archive content and invaluable assets, in various formats. This is an ideal extension to Sony’s Media Lifecycle Service and current worldwide portfolio of AV and IT solutions, enhancing an already impressive offering of asset digitisation, storage, distribution and monetisation capabilities.”
Michel Merten, CEO Memnon Archiving Services, added, “This acquisition by Sony creates the opportunity to bring together Memnon’s unique expertise around digitisation, archiving and monetisation of great volumes of audio-visual archives, held by broadcasters, public and private institutions, universities, sports organisations, amongst many, with Sony’s great heritage and exceptional knowledge of broadcast and audio-visual technologies. Our combined capabilities will help our customers around the world address their urgent preservation challenges of their most precious assets: their contents. “
Baku Morikuni, head of media lifecycle service, Professional Solutions, Sony Europe commented: “The acquisition of Memnon by Sony today is an important milestone as we continuously evolve and strengthen our media asset digitisation and management services and solutions. Sony and Memnon will harness their respective strengths to develop and deliver state-of-the-art solutions for media companies faced with growing archiving challenges”.
Sony’s acquisition of Memnon Archiving Services is effective as of 1 July and will include all assets, including Intellectual Properties Rights as well as their technology and software solutions engineering capabilities. Memnon will become a part of Sony Professional, Sony Europe.