RR Donnelley Acquires Helium to Expand Its Content Creation Offerings
CHICAGO—June 21, 2011—R. R. Donnelley & Sons has acquired Andover, MA-based Helium, a company in which it took an equity position in September 2009. Helium is the world’s largest writing community and social publishing platform, serving publishers and other content managers with cost-effective, premium local and lifestyle editorial content. Its freelance marketplace enables publishers and others to access and commission content used in books, websites, catalogs, newspapers, magazines and other communications.
“This is a superb addition to our suite of content creation, management and delivery services,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, RR Donnelley’s president and CEO. “Our previous investment in Helium gave us the opportunity to demonstrate its fit with our global offering. In combination with our premedia capabilities, Helium expands our content creation resources to enable us to offer end-to-end services to publishers and other customers. We believe that no other provider is capable of packaging an offer that so broadly encompasses each phase of content management, from inception to delivery.”
Helium’s online community offers publishers, catalogers and other customers stock and custom content as well as a comprehensive range of editorial solutions.
“Since taking a position in Helium we have had an opportunity to expose this content development service to a broad range of publishing, multi-channel retailing and other customers,” said John Paloian, the company’s chief operating officer. “The ability to bundle solutions such as Helium's with our complete offering of content delivery resources distinguishes RR Donnelley in a unique way. It allows us to address our customers' needs across the full breadth of the supply chain.”
Recent acquisitions Journalism Online, 8touches and Nimblefish join with Helium in accelerating RR Donnelley’s ability to provide services and resources beyond its traditional scope.
“We are uniquely positioned to help publishers and other customers originate content, deliver it through a variety of media and even enact systems that increase revenue by allowing online publications to charge for access to selected content on their websites,” concluded Quinlan.
About RR Donnelley
RR Donnelley (Nasdaq:RRD) is a global provider of integrated communications. Founded more than 146 years ago, the company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance ROI and ensure compliance. Drawing on a range of proprietary and commercially available digital and conventional technologies deployed across four continents, the company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector. www.rrdonnelley.com