London’s Voices.com announced today that it will be acquiring California-based Voicebank.net, an online platform for casting voice-over talent and project management workflow for an undisclosed amount.
Launched in 1998, Voicebank.net is used by more than 1,600 global advertising agencies, casting directors and production studios to post voice-over opportunities, connect with talent and manage projects. The casting network has become a leading digital platform for talent and management agents, including those for actors and voice-over artists.
Voices.com’s online marketplace connects global buyers of audio and voice-over products with voice talent in 139 countries. Each year, Voices.com records roughly two million unique visitors, enabling 250,000 transactions to date.
“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.
Hixon said the relationship with Voices.com will be an “invaluable benefit” for his platform’s customers, although Voicebank.net will continue operating as a separate platform. Voices.com said the acquisition will allow the company to address all segments in the online voice-over market and include project opportunities ranging from animation dubbing to podcasts to gaming.
“The acquisition will create a new paradigm for the process of securing voice talent across the globe,” said David Ciccarelli, Voices.com CEO and founder. “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.”
Voices.com has recently positioned themselves to expand its global operations. In July, Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital invested $18 million in Voices.com, the company’s first institutional capital since its founding in 2005.