Deluxe, a global provider of digital and cloud-based solutions for studios and distributors, has acquired UK-based Sundog Media Toolkit. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Deluxe: Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed

Founded in 2013 by CEO Richard Welsh and CTO Chris Ralph, Sundog quickly established a market foothold with its highly automated cloud-based platform that creates specialised multi-format, multi-language files for theatrical distribution and streaming platforms. Welsh and Ralph have joined Deluxe in senior executive positions.

“We are thrilled to welcome Richard, Chris and the rest of the Sundog team into the Deluxe family. Sundog will provide us with an expansion and enhancement of our robust technology-driven services, adding efficiency, speed and scale,” said Cyril Drabinsky, CEO of Deluxe. “This acquisition confirms our commitment to innovation that puts us ahead of the increasing complexity and scale needs of our customers’ day and date multi-platform releases.”

“We’re delighted to be joining Deluxe. We established Sundog to bring advanced SaaS technology and workflows to the media industry and we’re very excited about taking the next steps on the Sundog journey together with Cyril and the Deluxe team,” said Welsh. “With our combined drive for innovation and Deluxe’s global footprint, we will be able to extend our cloud automation technologies to customers worldwide.”

Deluxe provides leading content creators and distributors with a portfolio of media services including Cinema (mastering, key generation and distribution to theatres), along with Localization & Fulfillment (subtitling, dubbing, encryption, transcoding and distribution of movies and tv content), Home Entertainment (compression, encoding and authoring), and digital asset management, virtual screening and live-streaming events via its One Showcase solution.

The Sundog technology, integrated with the overall Deluxe One workflow, will create the industry’s most sophisticated and comprehensive end-to-end solution for mastering content, including asset/library management, localisation and final delivery.