Bill Gates Company Corbis Takes Over WSM Communications

May 19, 2014

Corbis Entertainment, viagra a division of Corbis, a Bill Gates company, today announced the acquisition of WSM Communications, a global-sports marketing and sponsorship agency headquartered in London. 

The announcement was made here today by Gary Shenk, Chief Executive Officer, Corbis. 

Over its 15-year history, WSM has helped brands like Unilever, MasterCard, British Airways and Aberdeen Asset Management enhance their business with integrated strategies in the world of sports – with an accent on sponsorship activation in golf, cricket, rugby, soccer, sailing and tennis.  To complement its London home base, WSM has offices in the U.S. and is working on exciting projects in both regions.

“Sports are a natural extension of the comprehensive entertainment marketing solutions Corbis has pioneered for leading brands across the world, from product integration to celebrities to rights and music clearances,” said Shenk.

“Bringing WSM, its clients and leading sports events and access into our business is an exciting development,” begins Mark Owens, Executive Vice President, Corbis Entertainment. “Sports are a natural extension of what we already offer our clients,” adds Owens, “another high-profile form of entertainment populated with its own celebrities and A-list events.  WSM’s long track record and unique depth in fast-growing worldwide sports like golf and soccer makes them a natural fit, with assets that we can leverage across all Corbis Entertainment Global Clients.

As a leading entertainment marketing group, Corbis Entertainment specializes in Brand Integration, talent negotiations, music licensing, rights clearance and representation as well as the recently launched Branded Entertainment Network (BEN).

“We’re delighted to be joining Corbis Entertainment,” adds Andrew White, Chief Executive Officer, WSM Communications.  “Corbis gives our clients and people the opportunity to work on a broader global stage and helps us to grow our expanding global business. The opportunities around sport, sponsorship and BEN are a real game-changer for WSM and the sports marketing industry as a whole.”

White continues, “Being part of a Bill Gates company, another independent and privately-owned business, allows us to grow our offering for existing and new clients. I’ve committed my long-term future to Corbis and I’m very excited about this new challenge.”