Matter Communications acquires video-production shop Skyscope

It is the Newburyport, Massachusetts-based firm's third acquisition in four years.

Matter CEO Scott Signore
Matter CEO Scott Signore

NEWBURYPORT, MA: Matter Communications has bought Skyscope, a b-to-b video-production agency, in its third acquisition in four years, the firm said on Tuesday.

Matter CEO Scott Signore said the addition of Skyscope’s team will double the video capabilities of Studio-C, Matter’s creative and video service.

Since founding Matter 13 years ago, Signore said the firm has grown with "great regularity," with its headquarters in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and offices in Boston; Providence, Rhode Island, Boulder, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon. Skyscope has offices in Worcester and Cambridge, both in Massachusetts.

The deal increases the size of Matter’s creative team to 20 and its total employee headcount to 120.

"We’re committed to helping our clients tell a story robustly and visually," Signore said. "As we’ve been growing and the market demands more creative assets and clients demand more, we want to make sure we have what they’re looking for, and we found a winner in Skyscope."

Details of the deal between the two private entities were not disclosed, Signore said. But he noted negotiations were finalized in late March.

Signore added there will be no management changes and Skyscope will continue to operate its facilities in Cambridge and Worcester, but he expects greater integration soon.

"I expect to have Skyscope representation in our offices shortly," he said.

Sam Shepler is Skyscope’s CEO, while Alex Dunn serves as the shop’s COO, according to its website. The MD of Studio-C is Elise Ouellette, who doubles as VP of the PR and social media teams.

In 2013, Matter acquired a Boston-based firm specializing in PR and social media called ThinkMedia Partners. Two years later, it acquired another Boston-based firm called Search Maven Media, a search marketing organization.

"For the time being, we’re still looking to widen our reach within the U.S.," Signore said. "We’re doing that already by having a presence in some new, exciting geographies like Portland and Boulder. We’re looking for a greater national presence in creative services and [the Skyscope deal] is a big step in that direction."

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