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Sale of Gracenote, Inc. by Sony Corporation of America 2013.12.27

New York, USA - December 23, 2013 - Sony Corporation of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell all of the shares of Gracenote, Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, to Tribune Company for $170 million subject to standard adjustments. Sony expects to record a gain within operating income of approximately $60 million at the completion of the sale, based on the above sale price, subject to standard adjustments. Sony expects this sale to close prior to March 31, 2014 subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals.

Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, SONY Corporation at the 2012 International CES.
January 9, 2012. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Photo courtesy of Sony Corporation
 

New York, USA - December 23, 2013

Sony Corporation of America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation ("Sony"), today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell all of the shares of Gracenote, Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, to Tribune Company for $170 million subject to standard adjustments.

Photo courtesy of Sony Corporation
 
Sony expects to record a gain within operating income of approximately $60 million at the completion of the sale, based on the above sale price, subject to standard adjustments.

Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, SONY Corporation.
Photo courtesy of Sony Corporation
 
Sony included an anticipated gain from this sale in the forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, which was announced on October 31, 2013.

Photo courtesy of Sony Corporation
 
Sony expects this sale to close prior to March 31, 2014 subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals.



About Sony Corporation of America

Sony Corporation of America, located in New York, NY, is the U.S. headquarters of Sony Corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan.

Photo courtesy of Sony Corporation
 
Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, and Sony Online Entertainment LLC.

With some 900 million Sony devices in hands and homes worldwide today, a vast array of Sony movies, television shows and music, and the PlayStation Network and the Sony Entertainment Network, Sony creates and delivers more entertainment experiences to more people than anyone else on earth.

Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $72 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, and employs 146,300 people worldwide.


About Gracenote

Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands.

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
Gracenote is the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of music and video metadata, featuring descriptions of more than 130 million tracks and TV listings for 28 countries.

A wholly owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Gracenote has offices in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Seoul, Taipei and San Francisco with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, California, USA.


Source: Sony Corporation

http://www.sony.net/  



Tribune Company To Acquire Gracenote

Tribune Expands into Music Technology and Metadata


Chicago, USA - December 23, 2013

Tribune Company today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Sony Corporation of America to purchase Gracenote, the global leader in music technology and metadata.

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
Gracenote is the largest source of music data in the world, featuring metadata for more than 180 million tracks, which helps power more than a billion smart phones and tablets, as well as the world’s most popular streaming music services.

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
Tribune Company will combine Gracenote with Tribune Media Services (TMS), the premier provider of television and movie metadata, creating one of the largest entertainment metadata companies in the world.

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
“This transaction extends and complements TMS' best-in-class core competency in the metadata business, while also deepening Tribune's slate of subscription services,”
said Peter Liguori, Tribune Company President and Chief Executive Officer.

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
TMS has been the gold standard for collecting and syndicating entertainment data for years and currently reaches hundreds of millions of viewers through electronic streams of information on TV, online and in print.

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
Gracenote is the industry standard for music recognition technology and its database gets 550 million look-ups each day and more than 16 billion every month, making it the most trafficked music data source on the planet.

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
Gracenote technology is featured in thousands of mobile apps and 50 million cars have been equipped with Gracenote.

The company also provides data and information for one million movies and TV shows to 30 countries and holds over 90 U.S. and foreign patents.

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
“Gracenote and TMS are an ideal fit,”
said Shashi Seth, President of Tribune Digital Ventures, which includes oversight of TMS.
“Both companies have substantial digital footprints and are well-respected leaders in their areas globally. Together we will become an even greater force in the global entertainment data business by servicing new and existing customers with better data, new products, and new services to help an evolving entertainment industry.”

Stephen White, President of Gracenote.
Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
“Given the breadth of the Tribune Company and its commitment to revolutionizing digital media, I firmly believe that we have found the right home to grow our business and realize Gracenote’s long-term vision,”
said Stephen White, President of Gracenote.
“The marriage of these world-class music and video data platforms, from TMS and Gracenote, will help us reimagine how people discover and connect with music, movies and TV shows across all devices.”

Photo courtesy of Gracenote
 
Tribune is purchasing all of the shares of Gracenote, Inc., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, for $170 million subject to standard adjustments.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, upon receipt of regulatory approvals.



About Gracenote

Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies to the world’s hottest entertainment products and brands.

 
 
Gracenote is the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported by the largest source of music and video metadata, featuring descriptions of more than 180 million tracks and TV listings for 30+ countries.

A wholly owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Gracenote has offices in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Seoul, Taipei and San Francisco with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., USA.

For more information, visit our website www.gracenote.com  

or follow us at @GracenoteTweets

and www.facebook.com/PoweredbyGracenote 


About Tribune

TRIBUNE is one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive.

The company’s broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV, Tribune Studios and Chicago’s WGN-AM.

In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press.

Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience.


Media Contacts/Tribune:

Christa Robinson
Chief Communications Officer

212/210-2794 (office)
christa@tribune.com  


Media Contact/Gracenote:

Graham McKenna
VP/Marketing

510-428-7288
gmckenna@gracenote.com  


Investor Relations/Tribune:

Donna Granato
VP/Corporate Finance & Investor Relations

212/210-2703 (office)
dgranato@tribune.com  


Source: Gracenote, Inc.

http://www.gracenote.com/  



ASTROMAN Magazine - 2012.02.04

Sony names Kazuo Hirai as President and CEO; Sir Howard Stringer to become Chairman of the Board of Directors

http://www.astroman.com.pl/index.php?mod=magazine&a=read&id=1165  


ASTROMAN Magazine - 2011.03.06

Sony Names Doug Morris New Head of Sony Music Entertainment

http://www.astroman.com.pl/index.php?mod=magazine&a=read&id=909  



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