Aperture Media Partners is a media finance, advisory and production company focused on feature films and episodic entertainment. Our team of seasoned professionals has expertise in various aspects of filmed entertainment finance and production, and our media finance capabilities include alternatives not consistently covered by banks or credit investors. Aperture Media Partners is a one-stop shop for producers, studios, sales agents, and content creators seeking financing solutions and production partners.
Management has over 50 years of combined entertainment industry experience and collectively has completed over $13 billion of media projects and transactions with nearly every leading independent film company and producer in the industry.
Prior to Aperture Media Partners, Mr. Underwood was Group Manager at Comerica Entertainment Group where he worked for 18 years. During his tenure at Comerica, the division grew to become the world leader in independent ﬁlm ﬁnance, providing financing for nearly 1,000 films. Several of these films won Academy Awards including Best Picture, and many were blockbuster films that earned over $500 million in box office. Mr. Underwood received his Bachelors in Business Administration from USC
Prior to Aperture, Mr. Robinson was VP at Comerica Entertainment Group for 5 years where he managed some of the Group's largest relationships, and closed in excess of $1.1 billion in direct commitments and over $2.2 billion in overall commitments inclusive of syndicated transactions. Prior to Comerica, Mr. Robinson was a commercial real estate lender in Chicago. Mr. Robinson earned a JD/MBA from Pepperdine University and a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan.
Prior to Aperture Media Partners, Mr. Vladimirov was at McKinsey and Company. While at McKinsey, Mr. Vladimirov consulted Fortune 1000 companies on matters of operational improvements, marketing strategies, and corporate development, specializing in the Media and Telecom industry. Before joining McKinsey, Mr. Vladimirov was an investment analyst with a London-based private equity fund, covering projects in the new media and ﬁnancial sectors. Mr. Vlaldimirov holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Prior to AMP, Mr. Mandel was SVP/MD of East West Bank's Entertainment Group and prior to that co-headed Newbridge Film Capital, an industry leading P.E. fund specialized in mezzanine debt. Prior to Newbridge, Mr. Mandel managed Union Bank's entertainment portfolio and before then worked at Houlihan Lokey, Sony Pictures, and Ernst & Young. Mr. Mandel holds a B.A. from UCLA, an M.B.A. from the Marshall School of Business at USC, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Prior to Aperture, Mr. Marshall spent 15 years in investment banking, helping raise over $2 billion for media and tech companies. He was a Managing Director at Cantor Fitzgerald and Guggenheim Partners, and an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs. He won a prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Pictures and a Humanitas Angell Fellowship for his TV writing. Mr. Marshall has an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a B.S in Finance from Lehigh University.
Ms. Wyatt comes to Aperture with over 25 years of financial experience in the music industry.
Prior to Aperture, Mr. Fine was an Associate for Bluespire Productions, a single-family office focused on media and entertainment investments. Before joining Bluespire, Mr. Fine worked as an analyst for 361Firm, a boutique investment bank, where he assisted in capital raising efforts. Mr. Fine holds a B.A. in Economics from Denison University.
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Funds utilized to pay for the production costs collaterized with pre-sale contracts/receivables, whereby a distributor commits to purchase a film upon its completion
Partnering with other Producers and Talent to develop, finance and complete projects that are creatively and commercially compelling
Deploying or sourcing, and negotiating large capital investments in the media and entertainment space
Funds utilized to pay for production costs collateralized by unsold territory estimates, which have been valued by a reputable foreign sales agent
Financing made when a project uses all of its resources and needs additional capital to complete production, post-production, and/or make delivery
A short-term loan that satisfies a producer’s immediate production funding needs – often times involving talent – until a standard bank loan is in place
Tax Credit Loans
A loan collateralized by a state and/or foreign territory tax incentive
Sales Agent Advances
A commitment to finance a production collateralized by sales estimates alone. Only available to the most reputable sales agents
Funds utilized to pay for the U.S. theatrical releasing costs, in particular physical film prints and marketing costs associated with a completed film
A loan used to finance the purchase of a film/television library, or a loan whereby a producer levers a currently-owned asset for the purpose of acquiring, developing, or producing other film/televison product
Financing that is made available after a film has been theatrically released and is based on the film’s projected net revenues that it will generate through all distribution channels