Ken Solomon
CEO
Tennis Channel

 

“I could not ask for more supportive investors than the Columbia Capital guys. They understand our business with a level of depth and precision that is unmatched and have been intimately involved in all of the key strategic decisions during our growth. They roll up their sleeves and carry their weight, and are right beside us at the table whenever we need them. I count Columbia Capital’s team among my most important partners, advisors, and friends.”

 

As the media industry has transitioned to the digital age and broadband connectivity has become ubiquitous, many large segments within media have undergone rapid disruption. A new playing field has emerged that has disaggregated and fundamentally redefined the value chain separating how content or intellectual property is created, curated, delivered, consumed and monetized. As communications infrastructure has shifted to cloud-based architectures, streaming and on-demand business models are rapidly replacing traditional consumer models of content ownership.  This new playing field, combined with significantly declining costs of creating content, is effectively democratizing the media industry and generating opportunities for new and existing participants to rapidly capture share of adjacent and new markets.

...we expect this ongoing and dynamic change to continue in most corners of the media industry for years to come driven by mass availability of wired and wireless broadband, cloud based storage and streaming services, and the proliferation of powerful mobile phones, tablets, and other IP enabled devices.

At Columbia, we expect this ongoing and dynamic change to continue in most corners of the media industry for years to come, driven by mass availability of wired and wireless broadband, cloud based storage and streaming services, and the proliferation of powerful mobile phones, tablets, and other IP enabled devices.  Our sector interest in media is focused on building businesses with strong revenue models and high potential for leadership positions in their respective markets.  We have experience and interest in a range of traditional and digital media segments including cable, television, mobile advertising, targeted marketing services and commerce, music, film, content delivery, and gaming.

 

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