Thomson closes deal to acquire Grass Valley Group.
Company becomes a leading supplier of content creation, production and distribution systems; to showcase combined products at NAB booth #19524
Paris, France, March 4, 2002 - Thomson multimedia (Paris Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) today extended its digital media leadership with the announcement that it has formally acquired the Grass Valley Group, a privately held company headquartered in Nevada City, California. Having received regulatory approval in both Europe and the United States, the Boards of both companies have voted to approve the transaction, which is valued at approximately $172 million (U.S.).
By combining the products, technologies, and services of the Grass Valley Group with those of its Broadcast Solutions business, Thomson becomes one of the leading providers of digital content creation, production, and distribution systems to pre-eminent news, information, and entertainment companies worldwide. It also creates one of the most ready sources of technologies for leveraging broadband opportunities as broadcast, IT, and Internet technologies converge.
"Whether it’s cinema, broadcast, or broadband, the Thomson Broadcast Solutions business offers the open, flexible platforms upon which you can confidently build your digital media facility and your future business plans. No other company has the singular digital media focus, and integrated vision that Thomson does," said Marc Valentin, Vice President of the Broadcast Solutions business of Thomson. "Our current and future customers can now rely on a truly unique end-to-end product portfolio and an unrivaled global support organization."
"We’re thrilled to be going to NAB as a company dedicated to providing the focus, solutions, and research and development necessary to realize the workflow and capital efficiencies our customers are demanding," said Tim Thorsteinson, president and CEO of the Grass Valley Group. "What customers have come to expect from the Grass Valley Group - technology leadership and world-class customer support - have only been strengthened through this acquisition."
COMBINED NAB BOOTH LOCATED IN NEW LVCC SOUTH HALL)
Thomson also announced today that it would house its Broadcast Solutions products, including those of the Grass Valley Group, as well as its Nextream product lines in one booth (#19524) at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters convention (NAB 2002) in Las Vegas. The booth will be located on the second floor of the newly constructed South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
(For the exact location of the booth, please visit http://www.nab.org/conventions/vr2/floorplan-launch.html
Product demonstrations on the Thomson booth at NAB ’02 will range from cameras and film imaging systems to networked servers, shared-storage systems, switchers, and media networking and control products that include routers, modular products, and facility control and automation systems. Other products featured on the stand will include solutions for digital news production, high-definition presentation, and Internet distribution.
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About Thomson multimedia.
With sales of 10.5 billion Euros (U.S. $ 9.3 billion) in 2001
and 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson multimedia
(Paris Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), provides a wide range
of video (and enabling) technologies, systems, finished products
and services to consumers and professionals in the entertainment
and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media
transition, Thomson multimedia has five principal activities:
Digital Media Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products,
Patents and Licensing, and New Media Services. The company distributes
its products under the THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names.
For the latest Grass Valley Group product information visit www.grassvalleygroup.com
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