Media & Entertainment
A TRUSTED ADVISOR ACROSS THE CONTENT CREATION, DISTRIBUTION AND EXHIBITION ECOSYSTEM
Solomon Partners’ Media & Entertainment Advisory Group provides M&A, capital markets, restructuring and financing advisory services to private and publicly traded clients ranging from multi-billion dollar global media companies to growth-oriented private companies and investment funds across the media, entertainment, communications and technology subsectors.
Solomon Partners’ expertise encompasses all aspects of the Media & Entertainment value chain, including: content creation and distribution across film, music/other audio, books, art, IP; revenue models supported by advertising, subscription/membership, royalties, tickets and leasing; experiential/location-based entertainment; DTC and B2B; and digital/technology-based businesses. The Media & Entertainment practice has an additional special focus on the Experience Economy resulting in extensive relationships, transaction experience and industry-specific insights into experiential entertainment and the related immersive, social-competitive and location-based entertainment concepts offering high-quality food and beverage in unique settings to promote authentic connections in the physical world. We remain active in M&A as well as capital raising and restructurings offering creative solutions and identifying unexpected partners or sources of capital for both growth and recapitalizations.
Solomon Partners’ Media & Entertainment bankers work closely with the firm’s other industry groups to advise clients on technology’s pervasive impact.
RECENT TRANSACTION EXPERIENCE
Solomon Partners’ recent M&A transactions include:
- Movie Tavern on its sale to Marcus Theatres
- Consortium of iSubscribed, WndrCo and General Catalyst on the acquisition of Intersections
- Exterion Media on its sale to Global
- NETFLIX on its acquisition of certain out of home media assets from Regency
- Cobb Theatres on its sale to CMX Cinemas
- MBS Textbook Exchange on its sale to Barnes & Noble Education
- PatientPoint on its capital raise to build out digital media across its doctor office and hospital network
- Marcus Theatres on its acquisition of Wehrenberg Theatres
- Gas Station TV and Verifone on the joint venture between GSTV and Verifone’s PetroMedia businesses
- AMI Entertainment on its sale to The Gores Group
- Cieslok Media on its sale to Bell Media
- Searchlight Capital Partners on its acquisition of TouchTunes Interactive Networks
- Starplex Cinemas on its sale to AMC Theatres
- Christie’s International on its acquisition of Collectrium
- The London Stock Exchange Group on its $2.7 billion acquisition of Russell Investments
- OUTFRONT Media (formerly CBS Outdoor) on its $690 million acquisition of the major market outdoor advertising portfolio of Van Wagner
- Under Armour on its acquisition of MapMyFitness
- Newsy on its sale to E.W. Scripps
- Sony on its $2.2 billion acquisition of EMI Music Publishing
- Zagat on its sale to Google
- eBay on its $2.4 billion acquisition of GSI Commerce.
Advised Puttshack on its growth capital raise led by Promethean Investments
Solomon Partners served as financial advisor to Star Cinema Grill on its pending sale to CMX Cinemas.
Serving as financial advisor to Vivendi on the sale of its 10% stake in Universal Music Group to a consortium led by Tencent
Served as advisor to Banijay Group on its acquisition of Endemol Shine Group from joint owners Apollo and Disney / Fox.
Served as financial advisor to MJR Digital Cinemas in its sale to Kinepolis Group.
Served as financial advisor to Barnes & Noble Founder, Chairman and 19% equity holder, Len Riggio on the sale of the Company to Elliott Management, owner of Waterstones.
Serving as investment banker to IPIC Entertainment on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
Advised Moviehouse & Eatery, an upscale dine-in movie theater circuit in Texas, on its sale to Cinépolis.
Served as financial advisor to VSS-Southern Theatres / Movie Tavern in connection with its sale to Marcus Theatres
Served as exclusive financial advisor to Cobb Theatres in connection with its sale to CMX Cinemas
Advised Santikos Enterprises in connection with the sale of its Houston theatres and property to Regal Entertainment Group
Served as advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of National CineMedia in connection with NCM's agreement with AMC to enable AMC to comply with the DOJ Final Order for Carmike
Served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to MBS Textbook Exchange and owner Leonard Riggio on the textbook wholesaler and e-commerce company's sale to Barnes & Noble Education
Advised Marcus Theatres on its acquisition of Wehrenberg Theatres
Advised HSNi in the divestiture of its TravelSmith and Chasing Fireflies businesses to Distinctive Apparel, Inc., a Blackstreet Capital portfolio company.
Served as advisor to the company on its sale of a collection of theatres to Cinépolis
Advised the company on its recapitalization and sale of a majority stake to private equity
Served as financial advisor to Skullcandy, Inc. on its sale to Mill Road Capital
Advised the company on its acquisition by Phunware
Advised the company on its sale to AMC Theatres
Advised the Australian company on its restructuring, including its sale of the teleports business to Speedcast.
Advised Christie’s International on its acquisition of Collectrium, a leading digital art collection management solution
Advised the Special Committee of the National CineMedia (NCM) Board of Directors on the sale of Fathom Events to its founding members.
Solomon Partners’s expertise encompasses all aspects of the value chain, including content creation and distribution, advertising and subscription supported models, ticketing and site-based entertainment, B2C and B2B, as well as digital and technology-based businesses.
Solomon Partners’s Media & Entertainment bankers work closely with the firm’s other industry groups to advise clients on technology’s pervasive impact.
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