Sunday, December 30, 2007

Creativity and Company Value

The essence of many companies in the entertainment industry is the ability to create. This can include creating content, but also the ability to creatively market and distribute that content. These are the skills that often drive value and make a company an attractive acquisition target.

However, actually realizing the value from creativity is very tricky. As everyone who has ever looked at the entertainment business knows, a creative success on one project is no guarantee of success on future projects. There are an almost infinite number of "one hit wonder" stories.

So, the key to building value in creativity is not an occasional spark of genius, but systems which can successfully harness creativity on a consistent basis -- harness it and turn it into profits. It is the combination of solid business management skills with creative thinking that builds valuable entertainment enterprises.

Many people think that creativity can only be found in a chaotic business culture. However, chaos does not breed long-term success, and it is a history and reputation for consistent success that will attract the best buyers and the highest price for your company.

Next time, I want to talk about how a buyer can evaluate creative companies and capture that value as a part of the acquisition.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Welcome to Entertainment M&A

In my law practice, I spend a lot of time helping clients buy and sell companies -- especially companies engaged in various aspects of the entertainment business. It is my favorite work. After years of doing it, I've learned that succesfully buying or selling an entertainment company requires a lot of specialized knowledge. There are a lot of tricks. I want to share what I've learned, and I find that a blog is the best way to do that. So, welcome.

I'll be posting periodically about various aspects of entertainment deals. The examples might come from current deals in the public eye, or even some events that are taking place in my own practice.

Of course, I welcome questions and comments -- especially if you disagree. I want this to be a forum for all of us to learn. The best way to do that is to gather experience from as many people as possible. So, please share your experience with me and anyone else who is watching. I vigorously encourage other points of view.

Making deals is not science -- it is truly an art. There are certainly technical aspects (as with any art form), but the real keys to success are creativity and experience. I'll enjoy sharing my thoughts and hearing yours. Thanks.