London-based Voices.com acquires California based Voicebank.net
London-based Voices.com has tightened its grip on the global voiceover market by buying an indirect competitor, the company announced Wednesday.
On the heels of an $18-million investment by banking giant Morgan Stanley, the downtown firm has acquired Voicebank.net – which is used by more than 1,600 ad agencies, casting directors and TV/film studios.
Financial terms were not made public.
“The acquisition will create a new paradigm for the process of securing voice talent across the globe,” Voices.com CEO David Ciccarelli said in a statement.
“Acquiring Voicebank.net will see (us) strengthening relationships in the community and further delivering on the evolving needs of clients and talent alike.”
Voices.com was founded in 2005 by Stephanie Ciccarelli and her husband, David. It’s the top global website connecting buyers of voiceover services with more than 200,000 voice actors in 100 languages and dialects. It represents voice talent – who star in everything from TV commercials to automated phone systems – in 139 countries.
It has 100 full-time employees.
California-based Voicebank.net will continue running as a separate operation, despite the purchase.
Launched in 1998, its website is used by production and advertising companies to post job opportunities and to communicate with talent and their managers.
The two companies combined will “address all segments of the market and include all engagement types from animation dubbing to global television spots to podcasts to gaming,” Voices.com officials say.
This article was first published by London Free Press.