Malik Khan, CEO of LTN Global, and Andreas Jacobi, CEO of Make.TV, are presenting a united front in Hall 14 following LTN’s acquisition of the Cologne-based company, which took place only days before IBC2019 opened its doors.
The Make.TV stand has already been updated to include the name of its new owner, and both CEOs are on hand to discuss why LTN acquired Make.TV and what the expected synergies will be between the two companies.
Khan said Make.TV is to remain a separate unit run by Jacobi and will help LTN to realise its ambition of enabling tier one media companies to resolve problems as they arise. “We started life as a transport company, but we now do transformational services for our customers,” he said.
Make.TV is in fact the third acquisition made by LTN Global in 2019, following its purchase of software developer Crystal in July and Niles Media Group in May. The three new acquisitions have one important thing in common: they all own their technology.
“If you own your own technology you develop a partnership with your customers and you can help them when they have problems,” said Khan.
Make.TV has developed a cloud-based service that enables content creators to access, curate, and publish live video streams to affiliates, social media, and OTT platforms. Previously reliant on public cloud providers Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, Jacobi said being part of LTN Global will “significantly enhance the services we can provide to customers, who now can acquire, deliver, and curate content via the most advanced transport solution available”.
Malik said the three acquisitions means LTN “has the pieces we need for this year”. Although he would not be drawn on future plans, it seems possible that more purchases may lie ahead as LTN continues its drive to help customers “maximise eyeballs” on their content in a today’s competitive landscape, produce and distribute content more quickly and do more with less money. “Our customers have to fail quickly and succeed quickly,” he said.
Make.TV is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 14.A24.