By BackStage

closed 9/8/2021 via PR Newswire

BackStage, acquired Coverfly

synopsis: Backstage, the leading freelancer marketplace and application suite for creators, announced that it has acquired Coverfly. Coverfly is the industry's leading online platform for connecting emerging screenwriters with entertainment industry reps, dedicated to improving Hollywood's talent-discovery process.
buyer parent: TA Associates
buyer: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable. "
target: Coverfly
Coverfly is the industry's leading online platform for connecting emerging screenwriters with entertainment industry reps, dedicated to improving Hollywood's talent-discovery process. Coverfly allows for a free and meritocratic process to identify the best emerging writing talent.
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closed 9/8/2021 via BNC Analysis

BackStage, acquired Voice123

synopsis: Backstage, the leading freelancer marketplace and application suite for creators, announced that it has acquired Voice123. Voice123 is the world's first and most trusted marketplace for professional voice actors. It provides a dynamic, enjoyable, and nuisance-free online platform where it's easy to find the right voice for every need.
buyer parent: TA Associates
buyer: BackStage
Backstage enables productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. The company’s mission is to make the content creation process more efficient, effective and scalable. "
target: Voice123
Voice123 is the world's first and most trusted marketplace for professional voice actors. It provides a dynamic, enjoyable, and nuisance-free online platform where it's easy to find the right voice for every conceivable voice-over need.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired StarNow

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired StarNow, a New Zealand-based talent platform for actors, models, influencers and musicians.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: StarNow
StarNow is the leading auditions and jobs website for actors, models, dancers, photographers, stylists, crew, and musicians. They have over four million members worldwide, and they work with some of the industry’s top casting professionals.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired The Mandy Network

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired The Mandy Network, a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: The Mandy Network
Mandy Network is a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals. Over 2.9 million creative professionals use Mandy to find work and to network, including Actors, Film and TV Crew, Backstage Theatre, Voiceover Artists, Dancers, Singers, Musicians and more.
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closed 1/30/2013 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired Sonicbids

synopsis: Backstage, LLC announced that it has acquired Sonicbids, the leading platform for bands to connect with promoters and market themselves online. The deal, financed by Guggenheim Partners, combines the two leading entities for actors, musicians, casting directors and promoters to showcase and discover talent.
buyer parent: Guggenheim Partners, LLC
buyer: Back Stage
Founded in 1960, Backstage is the world's most trusted name in casting, auditions and entertainment-industry opportunities. Backstage helps actors, models, dancers, singers, comedians, variety performers, voice-over artists, and crew members find gigs. "
target: Sonicbids
Sonicbids is the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. It connects more than 400,000 bands with 30,000 promoters from over 100 different countries.
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announced 10/17/2011 via BNC Analysis

Prometheus Global Media, will acquire Back Stage

synopsis: Prometheus Global Media, the parent company of The Hollywood Reporter, has struck a strategic alliance with a group of investors led by John Amato that will acquire a stake in Back Stage, which provides news and information on the performing arts sector, particularly TV, film and theatre.
buyer parent: Guggenheim Partners, LLC
buyer: Prometheus Global Media
Prometheus Global Media is a diversified company with leading assets in the media and entertainment arenas, including: Music; Film; and Advertising & Marketing. Its assets include Billboard and its related conference events, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, Mediaweek, and more. "
target: Back Stage
Back Stage is a magazine that provides news and information on the performing arts sector, particularly TV, film and theatre. Back Stage reaches a potential audience of more than 2 million entertainers and industry professionals.
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closed 9/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

StudioBinder Inc., acquired ProductionBeast

synopsis: StudioBinder Inc., a film production management software company allowing video professionals and agencies to create call sheets, shot lists, storyboards, and more, announced that it has acquired ProductionBeast, a job board and social networking community for television and film. Film companies use ProductionBeast’s job board to find talent.
buyer: StudioBinder Inc.
StudioBinder offers a cloud-based solution for video production management. Their product allows productions to better manage themselves with team collaboration features, script breakdowns, scheduling, shot listing, storyboarding, call sheets, contact management and more. "
target: ProductionBeast
ProductionBeast connects television, film and video freelancers with employers in the entertainment industry. Production companies use ProductionBeast’s job board to find the best talent. Its social networking features allows freelancers, vendors, and companies to create profiles and connect.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired StarNow

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired StarNow, a New Zealand-based talent platform for actors, models, influencers and musicians.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: StarNow
StarNow is the leading auditions and jobs website for actors, models, dancers, photographers, stylists, crew, and musicians. They have over four million members worldwide, and they work with some of the industry’s top casting professionals.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired The Mandy Network

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired The Mandy Network, a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: The Mandy Network
Mandy Network is a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals. Over 2.9 million creative professionals use Mandy to find work and to network, including Actors, Film and TV Crew, Backstage Theatre, Voiceover Artists, Dancers, Singers, Musicians and more.
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closed 6/24/2021 via PR Web

Togetherwork, acquired Acceptd

synopsis: Togetherwork has acquired Acceptd, the premier application and audition platform for the arts. Togetherwork’s portfolio of offerings includes advanced payment offerings, which will allow Acceptd’s customers to transact more efficiently with modern features, move across all geographies, and ensure compliance.
buyer parent: GI Partners
buyer: Togetherwork
Togetherwork is a leader in software and payments for member-based organizations, helping them grow, become more efficient, increase revenues and provide excellent service to their members and constituents. They operate across the non-profit, higher education, and recreation and leisure end markets."
target: Acceptd
Acceptd is a leading software platform connecting artists and art organizations. Arts organizations of all types and sizes are empowered by Acceptd to dramatically reduce the administrative side of recruiting while increasing the size of their applicant talent pool.
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announced 3/24/2021 via PR Web

iHire, will acquire Work in Sports

synopsis: iHire announced plans to acquire WorkInSports, a leading employment hub of the sports industry. Post-acquisition, WorkInSports will be fully integrated with iHire’s platform, allowing job seekers in the sports industry to take advantage of iHire’s advanced job matching technology, career resources, resume writing tools, and more.
buyer: iHire
iHire is a leading career-oriented platform that brings candidates and employers together in 56 industry-focused communities. They believe that by narrowing job seekers’ and employers’ searches within a specific industry, they can connect high-quality talent with the right opportunities. "
target: Work in Sports
Phoenix-based WorkInSports has been widely recognized as the #1 source for jobs in the sports industry. With over 8,000 sports employers nationwide actively posting their latest openings, WorkInSports has helped thousands of job seekers follow their passion and discover their dream career in sports
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closed 5/13/2020 via Company Press Release

Sportsfield Co., Ltd., acquired Spojoba

synopsis: Sportsfield, a Japanese provider of recruitment support services for the sports industry, has acquired Spojoba from Sports Mario, a sporting goods retailer in Japan. Spojoba is a Japanese recruitment site that specializes in the sports industry. Spojoba offers over 400 job listings for a variety of sports, including baseball, golf, soccer and more.
buyer: Sportsfield Co., Ltd. (TSE:7080:$17.76)
Sportsfield is a Japanese provider of recruitment support services for the sports industry. Sportsfield plans and operates Sponavi, the largest sports-focused job-hunting event for university graduates. The company also provides recruitment consulting services. "
target parent: Sports Mario Co., Ltd.
target: Spojoba
Spojoba is a Japanese recruitment site that specializes in the sports industry. Spojoba offers over 400 sports related job listings. The platform offers jobs for a variety of sports, including baseball, golf, martial arts, soccer, winter sports, bicycling, and more.
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closed 12/20/2012 via Forbes

Adobe Systems Incorporated, acquired Behance

synopsis: Adobe announced that it is acquiring Behance, “a leading online social media platform that enables creatives to showcase and share their work,” to become part of their Creative Cloud suite of tools and online services for designers. The privately-held portfolio powerhouse has one million members and also host portfolios.
buyer: Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE:$14,389.00)
For over 25 years, Adobe Systems Incorporated’s award-winning software and technologies have redefined business, entertainment, and personal communications by setting new standards for producing and delivering content that engages people virtually anywhere at anytime. "
target: Behance
Behance's core product is the Behance Network, the leading platform for creative professionals across all industries. Members create multi-media portfolios that showcase their work within the Network, as well as throughout partner sites and organizations, and the industry-specific Served Sites.
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announced 4/25/2018 via BNC Analysis

Snappr Pty. Ltd., will acquire Photographers.com.au

synopsis: On-demand photography start-up Snappr will take over Photographers.com.au, one of Australia's largest advertising platforms for professional photographers. With about 5000 registrants, Photographers.com.au offers a user generated photographers directory where people can search, find and hire the services of a photographer.
buyer: Snappr Pty. Ltd.
Snappr is an online marketplace for on-demand professional photographers. They connect professional photographers with businesses and consumers who need quality photography for an amazing price. They offer photographers for events, graduations, fashion, portraits, real estate and more. "
target: Photographers.com.au
Photographers.com.au is one of Australia's largest advertising platforms for professional photographers with about 5000 registrants. It offers a user generated photographers directory where people can search, find and hire the services of a photographer.
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closed 4/27/2006 via BusinessWire

Aquent LLC, acquired Designer Resource International, Ltd.

synopsis: Aquent, the world's largest creative and marketing services firm specializing in the placement of creative, marketing, production and IT professionals, announced the acquisition of Designer Resource International Ltd, a leading staffing firm, with a global business specializing in Fashion design, production, technical and sales recruitment.
buyer: Aquent LLC
For more than twenty years Aquent has led the way in transforming how companies find and utilize marketing and creative talent to execute their brand strategies. Aquent's pioneering approach to staffing and services has helped thousands of companies build their internal marketing and communications."
target: Designer Resource International, Ltd.
Designer Resource International Ltd has been operating within the Fashion industry for over nine years. Supplying the world’s top brands, such as Burberry, Gucci Group, Calvin Klein, Nike, Puma International, Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Disney, etc. with the highest calibre professionals.
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closed 9/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

StudioBinder Inc., acquired ProductionBeast

synopsis: StudioBinder Inc., a film production management software company allowing video professionals and agencies to create call sheets, shot lists, storyboards, and more, announced that it has acquired ProductionBeast, a job board and social networking community for television and film. Film companies use ProductionBeast’s job board to find talent.
buyer: StudioBinder Inc.
StudioBinder offers a cloud-based solution for video production management. Their product allows productions to better manage themselves with team collaboration features, script breakdowns, scheduling, shot listing, storyboarding, call sheets, contact management and more. "
target: ProductionBeast
ProductionBeast connects television, film and video freelancers with employers in the entertainment industry. Production companies use ProductionBeast’s job board to find the best talent. Its social networking features allows freelancers, vendors, and companies to create profiles and connect.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired StarNow

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired StarNow, a New Zealand-based talent platform for actors, models, influencers and musicians.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: StarNow
StarNow is the leading auditions and jobs website for actors, models, dancers, photographers, stylists, crew, and musicians. They have over four million members worldwide, and they work with some of the industry’s top casting professionals.
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closed 2/24/2021 via BusinessWire

Back Stage, acquired The Mandy Network

synopsis: Backstage, a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators, announced that it has acquired The Mandy Network, a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals.
buyer: Back Stage
Backstage is a leading freelancer marketplace connecting talent and content creators. They enable productions, brands, marketing agencies and businesses to efficiently discover and work with highly skilled creative talent. "
target: The Mandy Network
Mandy Network is a UK-based talent platform for cast, crew, production services and creative professionals. Over 2.9 million creative professionals use Mandy to find work and to network, including Actors, Film and TV Crew, Backstage Theatre, Voiceover Artists, Dancers, Singers, Musicians and more.
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closed 6/24/2021 via PR Web

Togetherwork, acquired Acceptd

synopsis: Togetherwork has acquired Acceptd, the premier application and audition platform for the arts. Togetherwork’s portfolio of offerings includes advanced payment offerings, which will allow Acceptd’s customers to transact more efficiently with modern features, move across all geographies, and ensure compliance.
buyer parent: GI Partners
buyer: Togetherwork
Togetherwork is a leader in software and payments for member-based organizations, helping them grow, become more efficient, increase revenues and provide excellent service to their members and constituents. They operate across the non-profit, higher education, and recreation and leisure end markets."
target: Acceptd
Acceptd is a leading software platform connecting artists and art organizations. Arts organizations of all types and sizes are empowered by Acceptd to dramatically reduce the administrative side of recruiting while increasing the size of their applicant talent pool.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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announced 3/24/2021 via PR Web

iHire, will acquire Work in Sports

synopsis: iHire announced plans to acquire WorkInSports, a leading employment hub of the sports industry. Post-acquisition, WorkInSports will be fully integrated with iHire’s platform, allowing job seekers in the sports industry to take advantage of iHire’s advanced job matching technology, career resources, resume writing tools, and more.
buyer: iHire
iHire is a leading career-oriented platform that brings candidates and employers together in 56 industry-focused communities. They believe that by narrowing job seekers’ and employers’ searches within a specific industry, they can connect high-quality talent with the right opportunities. "
target: Work in Sports
Phoenix-based WorkInSports has been widely recognized as the #1 source for jobs in the sports industry. With over 8,000 sports employers nationwide actively posting their latest openings, WorkInSports has helped thousands of job seekers follow their passion and discover their dream career in sports
price ($mm)
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closed 5/13/2020 via Company Press Release

Sportsfield Co., Ltd., acquired Spojoba

synopsis: Sportsfield, a Japanese provider of recruitment support services for the sports industry, has acquired Spojoba from Sports Mario, a sporting goods retailer in Japan. Spojoba is a Japanese recruitment site that specializes in the sports industry. Spojoba offers over 400 job listings for a variety of sports, including baseball, golf, soccer and more.
buyer: Sportsfield Co., Ltd. (TSE:7080:$17.76)
Sportsfield is a Japanese provider of recruitment support services for the sports industry. Sportsfield plans and operates Sponavi, the largest sports-focused job-hunting event for university graduates. The company also provides recruitment consulting services. "
target parent: Sports Mario Co., Ltd.
target: Spojoba
Spojoba is a Japanese recruitment site that specializes in the sports industry. Spojoba offers over 400 sports related job listings. The platform offers jobs for a variety of sports, including baseball, golf, martial arts, soccer, winter sports, bicycling, and more.
price ($mm)
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closed 12/20/2012 via Forbes

Adobe Systems Incorporated, acquired Behance

synopsis: Adobe announced that it is acquiring Behance, “a leading online social media platform that enables creatives to showcase and share their work,” to become part of their Creative Cloud suite of tools and online services for designers. The privately-held portfolio powerhouse has one million members and also host portfolios.
buyer: Adobe Systems Incorporated (ADBE:$14,389.00)
For over 25 years, Adobe Systems Incorporated’s award-winning software and technologies have redefined business, entertainment, and personal communications by setting new standards for producing and delivering content that engages people virtually anywhere at anytime. "
target: Behance
Behance's core product is the Behance Network, the leading platform for creative professionals across all industries. Members create multi-media portfolios that showcase their work within the Network, as well as throughout partner sites and organizations, and the industry-specific Served Sites.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 4/25/2018 via BNC Analysis

Snappr Pty. Ltd., will acquire Photographers.com.au

synopsis: On-demand photography start-up Snappr will take over Photographers.com.au, one of Australia's largest advertising platforms for professional photographers. With about 5000 registrants, Photographers.com.au offers a user generated photographers directory where people can search, find and hire the services of a photographer.
buyer: Snappr Pty. Ltd.
Snappr is an online marketplace for on-demand professional photographers. They connect professional photographers with businesses and consumers who need quality photography for an amazing price. They offer photographers for events, graduations, fashion, portraits, real estate and more. "
target: Photographers.com.au
Photographers.com.au is one of Australia's largest advertising platforms for professional photographers with about 5000 registrants. It offers a user generated photographers directory where people can search, find and hire the services of a photographer.
price ($mm)
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closed 4/27/2006 via BusinessWire

Aquent LLC, acquired Designer Resource International, Ltd.

synopsis: Aquent, the world's largest creative and marketing services firm specializing in the placement of creative, marketing, production and IT professionals, announced the acquisition of Designer Resource International Ltd, a leading staffing firm, with a global business specializing in Fashion design, production, technical and sales recruitment.
buyer: Aquent LLC
For more than twenty years Aquent has led the way in transforming how companies find and utilize marketing and creative talent to execute their brand strategies. Aquent's pioneering approach to staffing and services has helped thousands of companies build their internal marketing and communications."
target: Designer Resource International, Ltd.
Designer Resource International Ltd has been operating within the Fashion industry for over nine years. Supplying the world’s top brands, such as Burberry, Gucci Group, Calvin Klein, Nike, Puma International, Levi’s, Abercrombie & Fitch, Disney, etc. with the highest calibre professionals.
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