Investment will fuel organic and M&A growth as entertainment industry needs continue to swell
Visual Data Media Services announced today that it has partnered with Endeavour Capital, a local mid-market investment firm, to support its next phase of growth. John Trautman, Founder and CEO, and Symon Roue, Managing Director of the Company’s European division, will remain shareholders and, along with the current management team, will continue to lead the Company.
Since its founding in 1995, in Burbank, CA, Visual Data has grown organically and through acquisitions. In recent years, as content production needs and direct to consumer digital entertainment offerings (Netflix, Disney+, Apple+, etc.) have continued to grow, Visual Data has been recognized as an industry leader for its outstanding customer service and innovative technology.
For the second year in a row, Visual Data won the prestigious Netflix Preferred Fulfilment Partner of the Year – Americas (high volume) award, besting its previous Redelivery Rate by nearly a full percentage point and improving its On-Time Rate by over +4%.
With Endeavour Capital’s support, Visual Data’s management looks forward to building on current momentum and further investing in the Company, its service offerings, global footprint, and strategic acquisitions.
“I’m really excited about this next chapter; we have built a great foundation and are ready to build on that to create something game-changing for our industry,” said Trautman. “This is a boom time for entertainment, our clients’ needs are growing, and we are positioned to meet those needs. We’re going to be looking at expanding services to provide a true end-to-end solution for our clients, plus continue focused development of our Vida content management service.”
“We chose Endeavour Capital as a highly aligned partner to invest in Visual Data, due to their fantastic reputation and long-term approach to investing,” said Roue. “The team is really looking forward to scaling our presence up in new territories, entering new markets, and investing in our new technology platform.”
To accelerate the Company’s next stage of growth, Henry Shapiro will join the Company’s Board as Lead Director. Henry formerly served as the CEO of MarketCast, a global entertainment research and analytics company, and is currently its Chairman.
“I’m looking forward to working with John and his team to support the Company’s ambitious growth plans,” said Shapiro. “As an industry leader, Visual Data is well positioned to take full advantage of the strong dynamics underlying this growing sector of the entertainment economy.”
Leland Jones of Endeavor Capital said: “Endeavour is very excited to be investing behind the Visual Data team. The company has a great foundation in its reputation and service quality and we want to help them build off of that through innovation and investments in new capabilities.”
About Endeavour Capital
Endeavour Capital was founded in 1991 to be a patient source of capital and long-term partner to leading private businesses and management teams. Today, Endeavour Capital is investing its seventh fund and has offices in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and Denver. The firm invests in companies based in the Western U.S., often with global operations, and focuses on business services, consumer, industrial, healthcare and logistics industries. Endeavour Capital has partnered successfully with companies in a variety of business and media services sectors to execute on organic and acquisition-based growth strategies. www.endeavourcapital.com