BroadcastInteractive Media's acquisition of DecisionMark, parent of TitanTV,
was motivated by BIM's desire to tap both TitanTV's broadcast products,
including its ubiquitous program guides, and its workforce. BIM co-founder/CEO
Timur Yarnall says the website-services firm was keen on grabbing the 14
engineers among the TitanTV crew, all of which he says was retained.
"We picked up a tremendous amount of engineering talent," he says.
"We're thrilled with that."
In yesterday's release, BIM described TitanTV as "the foremost online
software and information provider to the broadcast industry, delivering data
and real-time information for signal coverage, PSIP and contract management, as
well as TV listings, program guides and its proprietary TitanCast video
Yarnall says the acquisition allows BIM, which offers stations the
user-generated content platform YouNews, among other online sales and content
services, to move further into the programming space. TitanTV had debuted a
broadband network in 2007 that included the web channels Titan Greens, Titan
Showbiz and Titan Laughs. The programming venture was later put on hold.
"The strategy was sound," says Yarnall, "but it was an expensive
The acquisition helps BIM push into the content-syndication business, though
Yarnall says BIM won't be the one producing content. Details will be announced
at NAB in April, he says.
Yarnall says BIM remains in acquisition mode. The ideal target would include
"very targeted niche content providers with some great momentum," he
says, as well as an advertising operations outfit, such as a video ad-serving
Yarnall would not reveal terms of the TitanTV deal, but described it as
BIM provides web solutions for over 180 media partners, including TV and radio
stations and newspapers.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.