Visual Data Media Services has bought digital cinema mastering and distribution specialist Soho Digital Cinema (SDC).

The acquisition enables Visual Data to add Digital Cinema Mastering and Cinema Distribution to its services alongside its existing broadcast, streaming and VOD offerings,

Visual Data is using the acquisition to position itself as a one-stop-shop for all methods of digital content distribution so customers can now use SDC’s D-Cinema services including Screenfast, the digital cinema cloud distribution platform, as well as having access to Visual Data’s media distribution services and experience in distributing content to platforms like Netflix, Amazon and iTunes.

While the company will operate under the Visual Data brand, the Screenfast platform will retain its name and will continue to be developed. Symon Roue will continue to head up Visual Data in the UK, while SDC’s David Margolis has been appointed Director of Digital Cinema. The SDC team will relocate to Visual Data’s UK facilities in west London.

“Visual Data and Soho Digital Cinema had worked together on several projects and we saw clear synergies between our two companies, with our complementary product and service offerings and adjacent or converging markets,” said Symon Roue, Managing Director, Visual Data Media Services. “The acquisition is a positive move for all of our customers, enabling them to master and distribute all deliverables from one place, significantly streamlining the distribution process while saving time and money.”

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