New York, NY, April 25, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- M&A Media Group (“M&AMG”) a newly developed boutique merchant banking and global advisory firm is now dedicated to serve the media industry by growing opportunities in entertainment and communications. The company, founded in 1999 by Michael Krafft is now restructured as an offshore special purpose acquisition corporation based in Bermuda.
M&AMG unlike other firms is positioned to bring together as wide a constituency of interested parties who share a common objective of private and public sector growth in converging old with new media.
M&AMG is especially proud of the multi-transactional relationship the firm enjoys with many of the world’s premier media companies and their investors.
Broadband technology is driving a fundamental re-arrangement of the relationships between the financier, developer, producer, packager, distributor, and consumer of video programming. And, it is disruptive because it eliminates barriers and lowers costs across the value chain, replacing an economy of video scarcity with an economy of video ubiquity.
Whether you are an entrepreneur or industry leader, M&AMG helps your Company to successfully address these challenges. In particular, M&AMG studies global markets, identifies strategies, targets business opportunities, identifies partners, develops business plans, negotiates deals, arranges finance, and forms profitable ventures. The Group is formulated to enable and deliver the opportunity for new entrants into the new markets.
The geographic focus is global, and the media sub-sector focus is on:
• Television Networks: Broadcast and Cable
• Television Distribution: Cable, Satellite, IP
• Recorded Music and Catalogues
• Radio and Out-of-Home Advertising
• Filmed Entertainment and Libraries
• Video Games and Mobile Media
• Magazine and Newspaper Publishing
• Themed Entertainment and Franchises
• Sports Rights
M&AMG seeks out converging media deals (a company, a platform, some licenses etc.) where they could inject capital and build the existing entity into a formidable enterprise in its sector.
In essence, they are entrepreneurs with access to money and domain expertise (their , and other management they would bring) in the new media/telco space including broadband, broadcast, cable, radio, outdoor, print, film etc. They are inclusive and open in uniting similar interested parties in deal structures that make sense.
Michael Krafft established unprecedented avenues leading to the first US television and radio networks in the former Soviet Union at StoryFirst (financed by Universal Studios, Morgan Stanley, DLJ and News Corporation). As an executive with Metromedia, he helped create global cluster strategies in Asia, Latin America, CEE, the former Soviet Union and Central Asia. During his career, Mr. Krafft has participated in, and/or led, over 50 joint venture agreements, mergers and acquisitions within a variety of industries; specializing in media and communications. Metromedia’s infrastructure footprint, reaching 1.6 billion people, became a conduit for distribution of content owned by Metromedia through MGM, Orion and Sterling Films.
Mr. Krafft spent 8 years in global assignments prior to his appointment as Vice President, Corporate Development for TIW, a global telecommunications company with subscribers clustered in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The two operating companies in Romania (Mobifon S.A. – Connex) and the Czech Republic (Oskar, Cesky Mobil a.s.) were sold to Vodafone for $3.5 billion in March of 2005. He was based in Prague directing new venture development.
Over 20 years, Mr. Krafft has built deep relationships with leading strategic and institutional investors, private equity funds, fund of funds, hedge funds and venture capital firms. His knowledge led local growing companies to directly obtain capital, strategic direction and sound financial principles through his network.
Mr. Krafft is the managing partner of M&A Media Group a global media and communications advisory firm he founded in 1999 and is also a managing partner of Emerging Market Capital Partners (“EMC”) linking worthy emerging market entrepreneurs with sources of capital. Michael holds a Master of Business Administration degree in international finance from the American Graduate School of International Management and is proficient in Russian and a former board member of the Russian National Orchestra.
Peter Hamilton is a partner in M&AMG, where he creates and implements business strategies for leading media/telco companies. Mr. Hamilton has been responsible for the planning, launch and operations of dozens of satellite-delivered channels on numerous platforms worldwide.
Mr. Hamilton is a former executive with CBS Enterprises, where he was responsible for international business development and domestic ancillary strategies.
After receiving his B.A. from the University of Melbourne, Mr. Hamilton earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
As owner of Peter Hamilton Consultants, he has been responsible for the planning and launch of dozens of television channels and broadband services worldwide.
His clients have included: Landmark Communications/The Weather Channel, Discovery Communications, A&ETN, Alliance Atlantis Canada, BBC-America, CBS Corp, NBC News, Scripps Networks, Pathfire Inc, AOL Europe, Holtzbrenck, PBS, NPR, HarperCollins Publishers, ABC Australia, Enterprise Ireland, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Beijing Television Networks.
Tom Grams is a senior consultant, M&AMG. Tom is a 20 year veteran of the U.S. and International television industry. He has been an executive at, and senior consultant to, some of the world’s most successful media companies.
As one of Discovery Channel's early employees, Tom helped that company grow to become the world's largest producer of non-fiction entertainment. At Discovery, he also helped to launch The Learning Channel (TLC).
He was a co-founder of cable network, ZDTV for Ziff Davis, which was sold to Paul Allen and became TechTV. As General Manager of TechTV International, Tom launched channels across Asia and created TechTV Canada. His recent clients have included HGTV, Discovery Communications, Universal Music Group, CNET, Edmunds.com and Undergroundfilm.com.
Tom is also a partner with William Randolph Hearst III in San Simeon Releasing, a digital media investment company. He sits on the Advisory Board of Broadband Media companies, including, TurnHere.com, ForaTV, and InDplay.com.
He has an MBA in international finance from George Washington University and a BA in political science from Minnesota State University.
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