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Digital Savant sold off to ShowBizData

Shohet now answers to Eberle

ShowBizData said Tuesday it has acquired Digital Savant for an undisclosed price, while separately, the film production and credit database and directory service has tapped Alex Shohet as prexy.

Shohet, founder and CEO of Digital Savant, will report to Oliver Eberle, founder and CEO of privately held ShowBizData, based in Los Angeles.

Digital Savant is the creator and distribber of Media Taxi, a Web-based software service that distribs electronic press kit and marketing materials online to journalists, producers, film buyers and other entertainment professionals.

Clients include Fox and Warner Bros. Intl. Television Distribution.

ShowBizData will incorporate Media Taxi’s offerings in both ShowBizData.com and the newly launched Cannesmarket.com film market Web sites, while also expanding the service.

“ShowBizData’s goal is to continue to provide a comprehensive centralized information system as a foundation of online marketplaces that target various sectors of the entertainment industry,” Eberle said.

As part of the acquisition, Shohet and Digital Savant’s 12 employees will relocate to ShowBizData’s downtown Los Angeles offices. The combined company will total 38 staffers.

Eberle said ShowBizData wasn’t looking for a prexy; Shohet came with the package.

Shohet is also the founder of Computer Physicians and Sandbox Technologies.

ShowBizData operates a database that includes over 400,000 entertainment professionals and profiles 45,000 media companies. New acquisition should help beef up ShowBizData’s offerings in what has become a crowded space, now dominated by other players including iFilmpro.com, among others. iFilm recently acquired Film Finders.

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