Team

Team
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Directors

Steve Orchard

Chairman
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.

Simon Fawcett

Chief Executive
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.

Will Ingram-Hill

Investor Relations Director
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.

Alex Glover

Marketing Director
Alex has over 30 years’ experience as a consultant to a wide range of global blue-chip companies in the corporate and financial services sector. Formerly a Managing Partner at the City consultancy, Fin Public Relations, Alex concentrated on working with the firm's asset management and wealth management clients including PIMCO, Principal Global Investors Lord North Street to name a few. Prior to such, Alex was a Director and co-owner of WMC where he worked with clients in the insurance, asset management, banking, and private equity/venture capital industries.
In the media sector Alex represented Guinness Mahon Development Capital and Proven – two firms specialising in media IP. He also worked on the SE flotation of Reuters and with a number of other media Groups such as the Daily Mail and General Trust. Alex retains particular expertise in sales and marketing and fund raising, both domestically and in international markets.

Advisory Board

Jon Kramer

Advisory Board
Jon Kramer has over 30 years’ experience in entertainment licensing, distribution and production. He was president of Promark Entertainment Group, a leading supplier of world premiere movies to HBO, from 1994 to 2004. While at Promark, Jon executive produced a number of high profile films, including I Witness starring Jeff Daniels and James Spader, After Alice with Kiefer Sutherland, Pilgrim starring Ray Liotta, and Contaminated Man featuring William Hurt, Peter Weller, and Natascha EcElhone. Before then, he served in senior executive positions at New Century/Vista Films, CBS Theatricals and Times Mirror Cable. In 2003, Jon acquired Rive Gauche Television, Rive . The company controls the worldwide sales rights to more than 2,000 hours of television programming. Jon is primarily responsible for driving Rive Gauche’s global strategy in enlarging the Group product flow thus increasing its ability to serve the existing and new stream of buyers. Concurrently, Jon is the CEO of AfterShock Comics releasing 10-12 books a month after only 20 months of publishing. AfterShock is already the 10 largest publisher in the industry.

Micke Hjorth

Advisory Board
Educated at Bard College, NY achieving a Bachelor’s degree in liberal Arts, Micke is an entrepreneurial Oscar- nominated creative team player with extensive experience in IP creation, tech, and entertainment and in taking projects from idea to execution. He is currently Chairman of Starbreeze AB, an independent creator, publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products. He is a Board member of Mag Interactive, a mobile gaming company with over 100 million downloads and big plans ahead. Also Board member FTrack AB a creative collaboration software company for entertainment industry.

Micke is a Crimewriter and, together with writing partner Hans Rosenfeldt, has to date published five crime novels that all have turned into bestsellers. The first title Dark Secrets (Det Fördolda) has already sold to 32 territories worldwide including the US. He is also Chairman/ CEO of Indian Nation AB a fully owned investment vehicle and Executive Producer/ showrunner currently in postproduction on hard hitting TV-series “Alex” for Viaplay.

Previous professional assignments include Founder/ Executive Producer/ Screenwriter/ Director Tre Vänner AB, co-founded production company that grew to the biggest independent production company in Sweden before being aquired by Svensk Filmindustri in 2012. Created successes like Svensson, Svensson, Ica reklamen, Snabba Cash and Oscarnominated En man som heter Ove. He was a Board member of Paradox Entertainment AB the first North listed Paradox was a global entertainment and IP company with a portfolio of rights. Chairman Fido Film, one of Scandinavia’s largest and most renowned animation- and vfx studios.

Michael Lee Jackson

Advisory Board
Michael Lee Jackson is an entertainment and contract lawyer. A partner at Jackson & Jackson, LLP, Michael’s legal career started when famed civil rights attorney, William M. Kunstler, invited Michael to work at his office. Michael attended the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and clerked summers at Kunstler’s office throughout law school, and they worked together on various matters until Kunstler’s death in 1996. In 1998, Michael received the Thurgood Marshall award for representing an indigent person pro bono in a capital case. Michael was hired by one of Buffalo’s premier firms, Jaeckle, Fleishmann and Mugel and subsequently at Stenger and Finnerty, also in Buffalo, working predominantly on large-scale commercial civil litigation. For the last twenty years or so, Michael has practiced contract law, with a concentration on electronic game publishing and development, music, film and general business. Along the way, Michael has accumulated considerable experience in intellectual property and licensing.

Michael has released a multitude of records with his bands and under his own name over the years. In 2010, Michael composed, engineered and mixed the original score for feature film The Bad Penny aka Falling Down. From 2005 to approximately 2009, Michael was creative manager, band leader and guitar player for the solo work of Ian Gillan, singer of Deep Purple, and played guitar for 10,000 maniacs on tour (1999). From 1999 to 2004, Michael performed approximately 150 shows for USO/Armed Forces Entertainment all over the world with his group, Animal Planet and with his subsequent group under his own name. More recently, Michael has embraced photography and his work has been exhibited on the east and west coasts of the United States.

Michael has written two books, Your Father’s Not Coming Home (co-author Jessica Jackson) (1982), and Doing Drugs (1983).

Participating Companies

The three partner companies selected to launch our new Fund have been chosen in areas of the media world where we believe there to be most potential for the development of content and the establishment of valuable IP.

They are:

1. AFTER SHOCK COMICS

– a comic book development company

2. DYNAMIC TELEVISION

– a television drama series development company

3. ATLANTIC SCREEN MUSIC

– a music publishing company

Launched in April 2015, AfterShock Comics is a comic book company that combines the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional powerhouse.

– AfterShock is an idea generator that develops fresh, trendsetting content ideas in collaboration with creators

– It is profitable solely as a comic book publisher

– The company combines the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional comic book company

– It publishes Creator-driven stories by top writers and artists

– In the comic book arena, AfterShock will become more profitable as digital distribution (web, movie, cable, and satellite) slowly becomes the predominant form of distribution

– Because the company’s local partners in some markets control the digital distribution infrastructure, they believe they have a strategic advantage over its competitors

Marvel and DC, the two biggest players in the industry, built their own shared universes and collectively control 65% of the market. Marvel was valued at $4 billion when Disney purchased it back in 2009. Valiant, the third largest publisher during the 1990s, received a nine-figure investment from DMG to finance films and television shows based on their universe.  Digital sales have tripled over the past three years, up to $90M in 2013. Six of the top eleven grossing films in 2014 were linked to comic books, grossing almost $4.7 billion worldwide. 16 TV shows based on comics are slated to air this year, with another 22 currently in development.

Dynamic Television is a production, financing and distribution company with a global strategy to bring premium television programming to worldwide audiences. With series productions in the US, Canada, Scandinavia, South Africa, and Europe, Dynamic Television is on the forefront of facilitating new development and production models for original dramas and is a leader in sales, marketing, and distribution.

– Dynamic will soon be delivering an epic six-part mini-series, Madiba, starring Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela, as well as Orlando Jones, David Harewood and Michael Nyqvist. Madiba will air on BET Network in the US in February 2017

– Dynamic Television has also acquired Hulu’s longest running hit original series, East Los High, for international distribution

– It is currently delivering the critically-acclaimed crime series Trapped, created by award winning filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur and filmed in Iceland

– Dynamic is distributing the Syfy series, Wynonna Earp, the new social media sensation, which has been ordered for a second season, the #1 Rated Syfy series Z Nation, now in its third season, and the eagerly anticipated Van Helsing, from showrunner Neil LaBute

– Dynamic’s partners include BBC, BSkyB, Universal Networks, TF1, M6, Canal+, France Televisions, RTL2, ZDF, Sony Networks, Turner Networks, Lifetime Networks, Fox International Networks, Telenet, NBC Universal, Viasat, SBS Networks, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and many others

– The company combines the creative edge of an independent comic book publisher with the strengths and experience of a traditional comic book company

At the heart of the new Fund is Atlantic Screen Scores, a music publishing, production and media investment company concentrating on the acquisition, financing, supervision and publishing of major film scores. Over the last three years the company has had considerable success exploiting the music scores of successful films, including “2 Guns”, “Lone Survivor” and “Escape Plan”, and continues to do so with films being currently released, such as “Triple 9”, “Zookeepers Wife”, “Kidnap”, “Atomic Blond” and “Lost City Of Z”.

– The company’s recent investments include The Lost City of Z starring Robert Pattison and Sienna Miller; Salty starring Antonio Banderas and Olga Kurylenko; The Coldest City starring Charlize Theron; The Zookeeper’s Wife, which has a score by Harry Gregson Williams, best known for his music in Shrek, X Men and The Chronicles of Narnia, and the incidental music of the $160 million production of the new Jeremy Clarkson series The Grand Tour

– The majority of music created by the company is the incidental and background music (known as ‘the score’) for film and TV. The company owns the intellectual property of the composed music (alongside the composer) from origination, and will retain ownership of the copyright created for 70 years after the death of the composer

– That copyright will earn income in the form of royalties collected worldwide from TV companies and theatres by the worldwide network of performing rights societies. Every time one of the films in which ASG owns the score is shown on TV or cable, the company earns royalties based on a minute of music

– Most of the scores funded by ASG have at least 60 minutes of music, and a film shown on any European terrestrial channel will earn a royalty of at least £25 per minute, generating an average income on each film of approximately £1,500 and $10,000 on US terrestrial channels

– The company has raised over £5 million to date through EIS and VCT schemes managed by Octopus and others. ASG plan to invest on this scale every year going forward