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Atlantic Screen Music
Atlantic Screen Media Limited is a discretionary managed portfolio service that uses our expertise to provide compelling investment opportunities that meet the strict EIS investment criteria. Our service will invest into EIS qualifying companies including comic book companies and music publishing companies. We have chosen companies that we believe are at the forefront of the focused sector that they specialise in.
This product aims to invest in EIS-qualifying companies operating in the media and entertainment industries. Initially the Fund will aim to focus on three segments – Music Scores for Film and Television, Comic Books and TV series development. Other sectors, such as video games may be included at a later date. Investment funds will be used to subscribe for shares in one or more companies operating predominantly in these segments of the industry.
Why the Media Sector?
The PwC 2019-2023 Global Entertainment & Media Outlook* predicts the sector will be worth £76 billion by 2022, growing at a compounded annual rate of 3.2%, or £8 billion, according to the Big Four firm’s research. predicts that the total global E&M revenue is set to see a 4.3% CAGR from 2018 to 2023, sending an overall figure of US$2.1tn up to US$2.6tn by the end of the forecast period. This pace is close to historical trends, even as shifting consumer behaviours reshape the industry. More broadly, according to Mordor Intelligence, “the Music Publishing Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% over the forecast period
(2019-2024). Wearable and wireless technology are trending solution in the global music publishing market. Such devices offer movability and are of huge importance in concerts and live performances. Most of the vendors in the music industry partners with the value chain enablers to have easy access and reach to the consumer base, which enables listening to music through these medium and have a significant user base. The growing popularity of music streaming devices is set to drive the market. According to IFPI, there is a year on year growth of 45.5% in paid media streaming, and 176 million users for paid subscription. Moreover, the global music publishing market revenue has 38.4% of revenues from the streaming.”
Key team members
Simon is the Chief Executive of Atlantic Screen Music, and a partner in Empyre Media. Empyre Media has successfully invested in a series of Hollywood studio films including the Oscar winning The Revenant, Lone Survivor and Two Guns.
Previously he was the Chief Executive of Aramid Capital Partners, which managed a $250m Fund specialising in Entertainment Loan Finance, and funded more than 30 films, and has successfully funded the expansion of the leading East European Distributor, A Company, and the successful US stage theatre company, Broadway Across America. Simon was previously the Finance Director of Pathé Entertainment, and was actively involved in the growth of Pathé from a small independent UK distributor into an international production and distribution studio operation.
Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.
Steve Orchard is a graduate of the University of Oxford. He became a radio presenter and rose through the ranks of GWR Group becoming Programme Director and PLC main Board Director following the company’s flotation on the Stock Exchange. His successes include the relaunch of Classic FM in 1997 and the creation of the UK’s first national commercial radio station Planet Rock.
He was a non-executive director of Independent Radio News and UK Top 40 Ltd, and became a member of the Sony Radio Awards committee and Brits judge.
Steve was promoted to the main Board of the industry’s largest PLC, GCap Media in 2005. In 2009 Steve incorporated Quidem Ltd. and became the company’s first CEO, immediately acquiring five radio stations in the West Midlands and then adding a sixth station in 2010.
William is a lawyer, senior executive and corporate strategist with nearly 20 years’ experience in international corporate finance. He began his career with magic circle law firm, Allen & Overy, where he specialised in international mergers and acquisitions across the media and other sectors. He then worked in the corporate finance team of leading UK law firm Burges Salmon LLP before moving into industry. He was Chief Operating Officer of Helius Energy plc where he oversaw the development of the company’s projects and, as acting CEO, led the successful sale of its assets to an infrastructure fund.
He has subsequently sat on the board of a number of SMEs in the energy, tech and media sectors, is the founder and managing director of strategy consultancy, IHL, and continues to practice law as a London based partner at Temple Bright LLP.
Example portfolio companies
Atalntic Screen Media's Current Pipeline:
AS Comics Ltd
Has been established for the purpose of developing new comics for exploitation in the global comic market. Initially published as
traditional comic magazines, the executives will then look to license the rights for use in developing TV series and Films. AfterShock is led by a team of highly accomplished, life-long comics professionals and entertainment specialists and is dedicated to working with the brightest stars in the creative community to reach out to new and established audiences and tell original, uniquely compelling stories – through comics, graphic novels and beyond.
Raven Scores Limited (RS)
Has been established for the purposes of creating intellectual property in the form of original commissioned music for film and television. RS will work with producers to develop new music for film and television productions by contracting with established composers to create these music Compositions. It will concentrate on developing scores for mainly U.S. and British productions.
The majority of music created will be score music for films and television. RS will own the intellectual property and music publishing rights in the composed songs and music from origination and will retain ownership of the copyright created. It will collect music royalties generated from the broadcast of the film or TV show, and from a fractional share of box office receipts created by way of broadcast and cinema theatrical performances, and also exploit the ownership of these music. Compositions by way of releasing soundtracks and licensing the music for use on adverts and other synchronisation opportunities that arise e.g the selling of the music for use in film trailers.