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NEP buys two European OB firms

NEP buys two European OB firms
David Wood
30 April 2015

NEP has bought Europe OB companies Outside Broadcast and RecordLab TV and Media, expanding its presence in Belgium and Germany.

Outside Broadcast NV, established in 1989, is a technical service provider for the broadcast industry which employs 76 people and owns five HD outside broadcast units.

The company services clients in Belgium as well as throughout Europe.

RecordLab is a subsidiary of Outside Broadcast, based in Cologne, Germany and is focussed on OB provision to the German and Austrian market.

The deal is expected to be finalised today and is the latest of a series of acquisitions this year from NEP which bought The Screen Scene Group, billed as the  largest supplier of post production and live broadcast facilities in Ireland, in February and  Swedish company Mediatec in March.

Headquartered in the United States, NEP has offices in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Dubai and Australia.

NEP ceo Kevin Rabbitt said: “Outside Broadcast has a fantastic reputation in Europe. I am excited for md Timo Koch and his entire team to join the NEP worldwide network.

“This deal will greatly expand NEP’s presence in Europe, including Germany – which we view as a very important market - and offer a great opportunity for us to work with Timo to continue to grow Outside Broadcast as part of NEP.”

In addition to being one of Europe’s leading OB providers Outside Broadcast offers studio production through their Insight Studios and ENG, news crews and post-production through Mediasense.

Based in Belgium, Outside Broadcast services clients across the European broadcast and corporate industries.

Based in Germany, RecordLab provides outside broadcast solutions for the sports and entertainment industries.

“We are thrilled to become part of NEP. Their worldwide presence and outstanding depth of resources will give us a tremendous platform to continue our growth in Europe,” said Outside Broadcast md Timo Koch.

“I am excited to explore the opportunities that this will offer to our staff and our clients, both from Outside Broadcast and RecordLab.”

This transaction will be finalized tomorrow in conjunction with NEP’s acquisition of Mediatec, which was announced earlier this month.

With Mediatec, Outside Broadcast and RecordLab now part of NEP, the company offers over 110 high-definition (HD) outside broadcast units, HD flypacks, satellite uplink trucks. smaller camera systems and other audio visual packages.

The inventory also includes specialty and wireless cameras, postproduction facilities in Dublin, Oslo, Helsinki, Zurich, Munich and Leuven (Rotselaar) as well as studio facilities in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Oslo, Helsinki and Brussels.

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