Screen Digest buys Adams Media


London-based media intelligence firm Screen Digest has agreed to acquire Adams Media Research, the Carmel, Calif.-based home entertainment market intelligence provider.

The acquisition is for an undisclosed amount of cash and Screen Digest stock.

"This is a hugely significant deal for both companies at a crucial time in the sector," Screen Digest managing director Allan Hardy said Thursday. "Media players across the world are experiencing changes of seismic proportions, and we now offer more expertise, more data and broader geographic coverage to assist them in running their businesses better than anyone else."

AMR was established in 1993 by president Tom Adams, who will continue as its president and join the board of Screen Digest.

The firms have had a working relationship for several years. The combined company will develop several new research services, the first one being Global Media Intelligence, a online service for media-focused institutional investors that tracks more than 300 companies in 50 countries.