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Jigsaw24 shores up position with root6 acquisition

Media and entertainment specialist Jigsaw24 has picked up one of its main rivals in the sector

Media and entertainment tech player Jigsaw24 has acquired fellow market specialist root6 to create a significant audio and video services and solutions operation.

The deal, the terms of which were undisclosed, will see two of the main players in the media and entertainment IT space coming together.

One of the main benefits of the tie-up include complementing the managed services expertise of Jigsaw24 with the technical capabilities of root6.

Jigsaw24’s CEO Martin Balaam said that root6 had a very strong history and reputation in the creative industries vertical.

“They have an unbeatable history of providing the very best audio and video solutions to the creative industries – we have been truly envious of their technical capabilities and over the moon that we are now one team," he said.

"We truly believe that we’re at a point of change in creative technology as businesses increasingly start to demand cloud-based solutions. Our combined business – root6’s unparalleled technical knowledge and Jigsaw24’s datacentre, managed service and logistical expertise – is perfectly placed to meet that demand,” he added.

In response, Rupert Watson, sales and marketing director at root6, who is staying with the business, said that it made sense to join forces with a firm that had been one of its main competitors.

“Jigsaw24 have long been the major player in the UK Creative Technology market and we have seen them building their technical expertise in the Media and Entertainment sector," he said.

"The natural fit made it a no-brainer. We are looking forward to working together to take our solutions to the next level; creating a complete one-stop-shop for current and future Jigsaw24 customers," he added.

Over the past few years Jigsaw24 has used acquisition as a way of extending its reach and bolstering its position in the market with Matrix and Square Group being added in 2014.

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