Kew Media Group Inc. (TSX: KEW) (Kew), a special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC), created one of the world’s most significant independent content platforms by directly acquiring six companies - Content Media Corporation plc, Architect Films Inc., Bristow Global Media Inc., Frantic Films Corporation, Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc. and Our House Media Inc. – and indirectly acquiring control of Aito Media Oy, Campfire Film & Television LLC, Collins Avenue Productions LLC, Jigsaw Productions LLC and Spirit Digital Media Limited.
This is the first SPAC qualifying acquisition in the world with more than three concurrent acquisitions.
On closing of the qualifying acquisition, Kew will have primary offices in Toronto, London, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto and a library of over 6,000 hours of premium content sold in over 150 countries on almost every available viewing platform.
Concurrently with the closing of the qualifying acquisition, Kew completed a private placement and acquired approximately 97.55 per cent of the shares of Content Media Corporation plc by way of a takeover offer, with the remaining shares to be acquired upon the completion of a compulsory acquisition expected to occur shortly after April 20, 2017.
Goodmans LLP represented Kew Media Group with a team led by Stephen Pincus and that included Celia Rhea, William (Bill) Gorman, Dan Dedic, Ali Mirsky, Samantha Woolley and Matthew Prager (corporate/M&A), David Zitzerman (entertainment/Investment Canada Act), Carolyn Stamegna (entertainment finance), Jaclyn Seidman (entertainment/IP), Susan Garvie and Matthew Rossetti (employment), Francy Kussner (insurance) and Jon Northup and Michael Royal (tax).
Olswang LLP, together with Rick Kwak, Executive Vice President and Head of Business and Legal Affairs , represented Content Media Corporation plc with a team led by Paul Blackmore and that included Theo Godfrey, Nicole Gyring-Nielsen and David Wood (corporate), Andrew Quayle and Catherine Merry (share schemes), Victoria Gaskell (entertainment) and Mark Joscelyne (tax). The team of Eric Birnberg and Karla Bobadilla (corporate/entertainment) from Lewis Birnberg Hanet, LLP represented Architect Films Inc. Thomas Laporte Aust, Andrew Johnston and Assirem Boumati of Aust Legal Professional Corporation represented Bristow Global Media Inc. Fillmore Riley LLP represented the shareholders of Frantic Films Corporation, with a team that included Jody Langhan, Daniel St-Jean and Rachel Loewen (corporate). Lon Hall of Hall Webber LLP represented Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc. Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP represented Our House Media Inc. with a team that included Sandra Richmond and David Dembroski.
Stikeman Elliott LLP represented TD Securities Inc., Kew’s financial advisor with a team that included Simon Romano and William Scott (corporate/M&A).