Fast growing Spring Media acquires majority stake in Latvian media house Sportacentrs

International sports rights agency Spring Media has today announced the acquisition of a majority share in Sportacentrs, a Latvia based sports media house encompassing the international sports TV production arm PolarHD as well as Latvia’s biggest sports news website Sportacentrs.com and the free-to-air TV channel Sportacentrs. The acquisition follows a lengthy cooperation between the two companies.

Commenting on the acquisition, Tobias Osmund, CEO of Spring Media said:

“We have long been impressed by Sportacentrs’ ability to deliver quality sports productions all over Europe at very competitive prices. The vertical integration of a production company is an important part of Spring Media’s strategic plan for growth as we continue to bring outstanding value to our clients and partners.”

Torsten Billing, Partner at Spring Media said:

“With Sportacentrs we now have the capability to offer up to 10 simultaneous productions across Europe, in a cost efficient manner with computer based production units and OCR technology for graphics and statistics. This will be of great benefit for Spring Media and the sports and events we work with. In addition we see great potential for development of Sportacentrs’ DTT channel and digital consumer media products as we strengthen them with Spring Media’s catalogue of sports rights.”

Kristaps Zālītis, CEO of Sportacentrs (SIA 4.vara) said:

“We have been looking for a partner to further strengthen our international offering. Spring Media fully supports our growth ambitions and will provide the international network we need to expand.”

ABOUT SPRING MEDIA

Spring Media is a fast-growing international sports media company that provides media rights distribution, as well as digital-, production-, distribution- and consulting services for sporting events. Spring Media has a global reach with head office in Stockholm, and regional offices in Hamburg, Astana and Mexico City. Spring Media owns, manages, produces and distributes over 3,000 hours of live sports annually to over 200 broadcasters around the world.

ABOUT SPORTACENTRS (SIA 4.vara)

Sportacentrs (SIA 4.vara) is a Latvia based sports media house encompassing the international sports TV production business PolarHD as well as Latvia’s biggest sports news website Sportacentrs.com and the free-to-air TV channel Sportacentrs. PolarHD has international clients such as FIBA, UEC, International Floorball Federation, Curling Champions Tour, Norwegian Athletics Association and the Swedish Basketball Federation. Latvian clients include the National parliament, and the leading mobile operator LMT. PolarHD has over 10 years of production experience and produces more than 4500 hours of live sports annually.

For further information, please contact:

Tobias Osmund, CEO, Spring Media – +46 706 30 01 34 – tobias.osmund@springmedia.se

Torsten Billing, Partner, Spring Media – +46 708 22 70 99 – torsten.billing@springmedia.se

//Stockholm 11/07/2018

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