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Why Lions Gate Is on the Road to Failure

June 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

Lions Gate’s fourth quarter results were mediocre, as was its FY 2008 – 2009.  There are several reason for this, including developing softness in the DVD market; over-spending on marketing and promotion; its ill-advised acquisition of the TV Guide cable channel; and a distribution deal it made with the kiddie-video firm Hit Entertainment.  See Joe […]

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CBS – Annual Reports

April 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Here is a selection of annual reports from CBS. I post these to support this article and as part of my on-going project to make accessible earlier reports from influential entertainment companies. The same caveats that pertain to the Warner Communications reports also apply here. CBS 1970 Annual Report CBS 1972 Annual Report CBS 1973 […]

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Warner Communications – Annual Reports

April 8th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Here are the Annual Reports for Warner Communications; Time Warner; AOL Time Warner; and the Warner Music Group.  In some cases I have substituted what the Securities and Exchange Commission calls “Form 10-K,” which is a different version of the annual report (typically with more information).  Some of the ones from the 1970s are copies […]

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Relativity Media Changes Focus from Being a Film Financing Company to Being a Litigation Company

November 13th, 2008 · No Comments

A release off Bloomberg News ran today (November 13th) in the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, and other industry media: “Relativity Sues Citi over financing.”  It detailed the travails of Ryan Kavanaugh and his company Relativity Media.  Relativity has been phenomenally successful in financing movies by packaging film slates and brokering them to Wall […]

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Without a Script

March 18th, 2008 · No Comments

A couple of years ago I was the subject of a profile in the Los Angeles Daily Journal. The topic: reality television. Here’s a .jpg of the front page of the article. Some quotes from the text (which, incidentally, I still totally stand by): David Kronemyer … heads a production company called Cerberus Films. [He] […]

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Deconstructing the Writer’s Guild Strike

January 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

By now, everybody pretty much has had it with the “writer’s strike.” There simply isn’t a way for the writers to “win,” whatever that means. The large, international multi-media conglomerates – which, for sake of consistency, I’ll refer to as “LIMMC’s – simply are too well hedged. In addition to Disneyland and Disney Studios, Disney […]

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Structured Capital Group – Structured Funding Group – Basem Y. Zakariya

December 29th, 2007 · 10 Comments

A recent legal case highlights the issues set forth in So Much for Asset-Backed Film Financing (August 10, 2007).  It provides an interesting take on just what is a “security” under Federal law.  It also illustrates the juxtaposition of Western concepts of financing versus those found in Muslim and Islamic countries.  The defendants in the […]

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Business Plan for a Talent Agency

November 26th, 2007 · 2 Comments

It is axiomatic that in any business depending on creative talent, personal relationships are extremely important, if not decisive. They are, among other things, the vehicles or devices through which new, emerging talent is presented to institutional decision-makers at record companies, film studios and publishing houses. These firms in turn depend upon a steady supply […]

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So Much for Asset-Backed Film Financing

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

For those who have been out-of-touch with the financial markets over the past several days, here’s a news flash: they’ve been roiled by instability, volatility and (unless you’re a short) loss. Initially the culprit was so-called “sub-prime” mortgages – those made to borrowers of less-than-stellar credit stature. However, panic soon spread – as it is […]

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Chris Albrecht R.I.P.

May 10th, 2007 · No Comments

The downfall of Chris Albrecht as Chairman of HBO illustrates two principles. The first is that of hubris. Mr. Albrecht no doubt believed he either was immortal, or descended from gods. A former stand-up comedian, a former agent, and the self-identified architect of hit series such as “The Sopranos,” he could do anything he wanted. […]

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