Mike Heap

CEO & Co-Founder

Mike is a highly successful and experienced media CEO with comprehensive knowledge of medium and large UK PLCs and US multinationals with an innate understanding of all aspects of Intellectual Property exploitation.

In a career spanning over thirty years and dominated by long spells at media corporations such as Warner Records, MGM, Warner Home Entertainment and Entertainment Rights PLC, he has a long-term track record of managing business change and value creation. As a turnaround specialist he has experience in leading fundraisings in excess of £150M, negotiating bank terms and conducting institutional presentations.

He has worked with hedge funds and VCs in the UK and USA. He has bought and sold companies, conducted due diligence exercises, managed the preparation of business plans and budgets, and negotiated fees with and worked alongside leading audit and legal firms.

He has also worked with the commercial side of leading banks, audit and legal firms on acquisition deals in excess of £200m.

He has achieved significant success in the brand arena, managing a broad spectrum of companies from major PLCs to fledgling start-ups, in areas as diverse as family brands, intellectual property, home entertainment, music and distribution. He has a successful track record of restructuring distressed companies and taking them to profitability.

At Warner Brothers he created the Friends video franchise, which generated revenues in excess of $4 billion. At Entertainment Rights he grew revenues from £1.8m in 1999 to £68m in 2007. He has first-hand experience and an excellent understanding of the major US studios and media conglomerates as well as large retail organisations.

 

Debbie Mason

CCO & Co-Founder

Debbie is a leading international authority in the development and exploitation of content and has produced/exec produced in excess of 2000 hours of television in the UK and USA over the past 25 years.

In 1991 she co-founded Kudos Productions and Kudos Film Productions, one of the leading independent UK production companies, acquired by the Shine Group in 2007 for £35 million, and best known for the award-winning drama series, Spooks.

Her 2006 joint venture with Elisabeth Murdoch, ShineMatrix, launched PTV in the USA and brought the critically acclaimed ‘My GamesFever’ into 31 million homes on the My Network, broadcasting live 4 hours every afternoon. As managing director of DITG (Digital Interactive Television Group) she created and launched the first fully interactive TV channel in the world, BAFTA-winner AVAGO, which was sold to Gala Bingo in 2006. She went on to launch more than 10 channels onto the SKY platform, including iSportsTV, acquired by William Hill in 2006.

As Interactive Commissioner at ITV she was responsible for driving digital revenues across all of the programming genres with the controllers, to integrate a fully worked digital strategy driving new revenues.

As founder and CEO of Mason Media Matrix Ltd, her boutique digital media consultancy, she specialised in developing brand concepts for global multi-platform exploitation. Clients included everything from gaming operations in Israel to media and technology companies in China and designer swimwear companies in Australia. She has been advising an international digital sports comic and graphic novel business aimed at the mass market of India and cricket fans.