Deluxe acquires the German studio behind dubs of Stranger Things and The Crown

Deluxe, a Burbank-based media production company, recently announced that it has acquired the German dubbing company Creative Sound Conception Studio (CSC Studio).

Financial details behind the deal have not been disclosed to the public. CSC Studio has been providing dubbing services in German for more than 30 years, and claims to dub more than 50 films per year and over 300 television episodes per year, laying claim to projects like the German dubs of popular shows like Stranger Things and The Crown. Deluxe has cited the increased demand for localized entertainment as part of the reason for its interest in acquiring the German dubbing studio. 

“With the increase in global content production, including the rise of local language original content that is being localized and distributed in more languages than ever before, this acquisition provides Deluxe with an expanded footprint and capacity to meet growing market demands,” said Chris Reynolds, the executive vice president and general manager of Deluxe, according to an Aug. 2 report from Hollywood Reporter

Initially part of the Fox Film Corporation, Deluxe has played a large role in shaping the US media landscape since it was founded in 1915. Since its founding, the company has opened offices in several locations, along with specialized dubbing studios in Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. According to Hollywood Reporter, Deluxe has made several other acquisitions lately, acquiring Sony New Media Solutions in April 2021 and a 50% stake in Gofilex, a Dutch film distribution company just a few months later.

CSC Studio will be rebranded as Deluxe Germany, and will join Deluxe’s three other European dubbing studios as the company seeks to expand its global operations. The Hollywood Reporter speculated that the company’s recent acquisitions, along with the hiring of Samantha Kim, a former Netflix Korea executive, indicate that the company is preparing to increase its global presence.

“Deluxe currently has dubbing studios in Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona,” Reynolds said. “With the addition of Deluxe Germany, we are motivated to continue expanding our owned and operated footprint through both organic expansion and additional acquisitions.”

Andrew Warner
Andrew Warner is a writer from Sacramento. He received his B.A. in linguistics and English from UCLA and is currently working toward an M.A. in applied linguistics at Columbia University. His writing has been published in Language Magazine, Sactown Magazine, and The Takeout.


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