Quality Solutions/Firebrand Technologies has been acquired by Media Do International, the U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based Media Do Ltd. Fran Toolan, who founded the company in 1987 as a provider of technology support to publishers, will stay on as CEO for a minimum of three years.
As Quality Solutions expanded the scope of its offerings to include digital distribution and marketing, Toolan rebranded Quality Solutions as Firebrand in 2007. He acquired the digital galley service, NetGalley, in 2008. Media Do, one of the largest e-book distributors companies in the world, has been NetGalley’s partner in Japan since 2016.
“Firebrand and NetGalley have never been stronger as companies, and I believe that becoming part of the Media Do Group ensures continuity for our customers and opportunities for our team for many years to come,” Toolan said in a statement. Toolan told PW he doesn’t expect to see any changes in Firebrand’s day-to-day operations.
“We are very pleased to bring Firebrand and NetGalley into the Media Do family,” said Daihei Shiohama, CEO of Media Do International, in a statement. “We have long respected the works of the Firebrand Group, and are very excited about the prospects of working closely with them in the future.”