CCI to buy Escenic – the perfect match

CCI, known among the world's largest media companies as a provider of multichannel publishing software solutions, is now strengthening its position through the acquisition of Escenic from Vizrt. CCI and Vizrt have been strategic partners for the past six years, and have signed an agreement that also allows Vizrt to continue selling Escenic products as an integral part of its overall solutions offering.

November 13, 2013

"This is the perfect match. Escenic is an important part of our business, due to its strong expertise in online publishing. CCI and Vizrt have enjoyed a great cooperation during the last 6 years, and we have been able to provide the best of breed solutions to the news industry as a direct result of this partnership. The latest example is the corporate-wide CCI NewsGate editorial and Escenic online solution to McClatchy in the US. This acquisition is a natural next step in the close cooperation between our companies, "said Dan Korsgaard, CEO of CCI.

For CCI customers this offers a complete publishing solution provided by a single vendor.

Dan Korsgaard, CEO, CCI

“For CCI customers this offers a complete publishing solution provided by a single vendor. For Escenic-only customers we will not only continue to offer Escenic as a standalone system, but also offer the additional benefit of being serviced by a larger professional services organization,“ Korsgaard continues.

Martin Burkhalter, CEO of Vizrt, stated, “We are pleased with the signing of this agreement. We are convinced of the importance of the Escenic product range for our customers, and we will continue to provide fully integrated solutions, which form an important part of our sales strategy. We will continue to meet current and future challenges and opportunities that our customers are facing in the implementation of their multiplatform distribution strategy.

Considering the dynamics in Escenic’s core markets, we believe that CCI, which is highly focused on the online market place, provides a great platform for Escenic to ensure future growth.”

Both companies are committed to ensuring that current and potential Escenic and Vizrt customers will continue to receive the highest level of service. Vizrt and CCI have also agreed that CCI will sell and implement the Viz Media Engine (VME) video solution, further cementing the strong relationship between the two companies.

About Escenic

Escenic AS is a leading provider of online publishing solutions, based in Oslo, Norway and has a subsidiary Escenic Asia in Bangladesh. Escenic provides a multi-channel and mobile ready publishing solution including the Escenic Content Engine, a high performance content management and delivery system for modern websites, the Widget Framework, with readymade building blocks, websites and a powerful front-end user interface. Escenic customers include: Schibsted, De Telegraaf, News International, Telegraph Media Group, Trinity Mirror, SVT (Swedish TV), Axel Springer, JP/Politikens Hus, Independent, WAZ, TV2 Norway, Dallas Morning News, Infoglobo, The Hindu, The Globe and Mail, RSI and many more.

About CCI

CCI is provider of editorial and advertising solutions for multimedia news environments. Our CCI AdDesk, CCI NewsGate and CCI NewsDesk products are the most robust and powerful systems in the industry, and are implemented in news organizations across five continents. We provide the platform to support evolving needs of the world's largest news organizations, and scalable solutions to help growing media brands optimize their business strategies. Constant innovation and strong customer commitment remain the cornerstones of CCI's business model. CCI is part of the Stibo Group, which holds a D&B AAA rating. CCI is an Oracle Certified Partner, an Adobe Gold Solution Partner and a Vizrt partner.

About Vizrt

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry - from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt's products are used by the world's leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.