Private Equity Comes To the Big Screen

O'Connor, Colleen Marie
January 2006
Investment Dealers' Digest;1/16/2006, Vol. 72 Issue 2, p58
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the $475mn deal of Legendary Pictures in the U.S. The motion picture studio was launched following an innovative $475 million initial capitalization plan that was quickly mimicked. Firstly, it struck a 50/50 production and distribution partnership with Warner Brothers Pictures, putting itself in position to lure a new source of capital into the industry, private equity. The Perseus Group, a privately held boutique investment firm headquartered in San Francisco, advised Legendary, helping it raise $225 million of equity and mezzanine commitments by the time its first round of financing closed in June 2005.


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