13 May 2022 David Titmus

Verbit Acquires U.S. Captioning Company

Verbit has increased its footprint in the media and entertainment sector by acquiring U.S. Captioning Company. The addition to Verbit’s portfolio will strengthen its position as a global leader in AI-powered solutions built for each industry’s unique needs.

U.S. Captioning is a renowned US-based provider of closed captioning services for national TV stations, networks, producers, and programmers. As the market leader in captioning solutions and voice AI transcription, Verbit continues to seek out growth opportunities to better serve its more than 2,500 customers and attract new ones.

Established in 1999, U.S. Captioning offers post-production captioning in over 45 languages in addition to its real-time captioning capabilities. It has developed long-lasting relationships with networks and stations that have become household names, such as Sinclair Broadcast Group. These media brands and companies will join Verbit’s robust list of iconic media and cross-industry customers.

“The addition of U.S. Captioning and its national TV station customers into the Verbit fold advances us as the essential partner to deliver on every captioning and transcription need of  the media and entertainment industry,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Founder of Verbit. “I’m excited to continue consolidating the fragmented transcription market through this latest global expansion effort.”

Verbit and U.S. Captioning’s leadership are excited to bring additional highly-trained professionals and specialized media industry expertise into the Verbit fold to further support its joint mission to make media content and experiences more accessible and engaging.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with Verbit and add our loyal customers, professional experience, and capabilities to its broad portfolio of captioning and transcription offerings,” said Beth Aschenbrenner, President and CEO, U.S. Captioning. “We’ll also now have access to Verbit’s highly accurate technologies and capabilities, which our customers will greatly benefit from as well.”

This announcement follows Verbit’s recent acquisitions of VITAC, Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) and Take Note, all of which have improved the company’s ability to serve and deliver customized solutions across the media, education, government, and market research verticals. Verbit continues to seek out ways to accelerate its growth by expanding into new verticals, geographies, and functionalities.

Verbit’s vertical-built voice AI solutions continue to evolve to provide partners with the tools they need to offer engaging and equitable experiences that not only meet accessibility guidelines, but make verbal information searchable and actionable.

U.S. Captioning shares a similar vision to Verbit’s in its genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and hearing loss, among others who greatly benefit or simply prefer to watch content with captions. The company is committed in its efforts to help others through providing communication access for all.

U.S. Captioning Company started as a division of Country World Productions in 1999, and has grown to become the flagship for the company and an industry leader. It will complement and assist in the efforts of VITAC, Verbit’s media arm.