US media production firm bags connectivity provider
NEP Group has acquired SIS LIVE Ltd, a leading provider of connectivity services and a subsidiary of UK-based Sports Information Services (SIS).
NEP is a worldwide technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports and entertainment.
The acquisition complements NEP’s broadcast services and media solutions businesses, strengthening the company’s support of live sports, broadcast and entertainment clients across the UK, Europe and worldwide.
The addition is also consistent with NEP’s strategy to grow its media solutions segment. Connectivity capabilities are critical to NEP delivering a full suite of managed services that enable its clients to make, manage and show the world their content.
“We are excited to bring the wealth of knowledge of SIS LIVE’s leadership team and the company’s talented staff into the NEP Worldwide Network,” said Stephen Jenkins, president of NEP UK & Ireland.
“With SIS LIVE, NEP will be able to offer additional and enhanced connectivity capabilities critical to delivering the best managed service and solutions to our clients. It’s a great fit culturally for both of our companies - a win for clients and our teams all around.”
SIS LIVE boasts two dedicated network operations centres providing 24/7 service monitoring and management, 17 antennas across two geographically diverse teleports and over 150 connected venues.
With its large fibre and satellite hybrid fleet and fully managed services offerings, the company delivers content to millions of viewers worldwide and supports clients such as BBC, ITV, ITN and Sky Sports.
Following a short transition period, SIS LIVE will become NEP Connect, which will serve clients globally as part of the NEP Worldwide Network and go to market under the NEP brand.
SIS LIVE’s current leadership team will continue to run the business under the direction of managing director David Meynell, who will report into the NEP UK & Ireland division.
“We have worked with NEP for a number of years and have been impressed by their technical innovation and consistent, superior service to their clients,” said Meynell.
“I’m extremely proud of all we’ve accomplished at SIS LIVE and pleased that combining talents and resources with a company like NEP will take our business to the next level.”