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New fund aims to tap growing demand for content


A new fund that aims to invest in EIS-qualifying companies in the media and entertainment industries has been launched by Atlantic Screen Media Limited. Atlantic is seeking to raise GBP15m in the current tax year for identified projects.

Demand for content in film and television worldwide is growing exponentially as consumers move to watching TV and film on their mobile devices in increasing numbers. Streaming video devices and smartphones are fast becoming the channel of choice for both old and new generations of customers. This, added to the range of delivery mediums such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and all the iPlayer hubs, is creating a huge demand for content, with the market due to double in size between now and 2022 (according to PWC Media and Entertainment review 2017). The Atlantic Screen Media Fund is seeking investors to create Media IP, and to develop content to meet this demand. 
Initially the Fund will focus on three clear segments – producing Music Scores for Film and Television, creating Comic Book IP’s and developing TV series – all areas that the management team believe have great potential for growth in the medium term. Investment funds will be used to subscribe for shares in companies operating predominantly in these segments of the industry.
Atlantic’s Executive Board and Advisers have built significant experience and expertise over the last 30 years in establishing and running their own businesses and raising money in the tax efficient EIS market as well as employing those investment funds in the film and TV media industry. This long track record has led the firm to choose sectors where they believe there to be the most potential for growth.
Simon Fawcett, CEO, says: “We designed this Fund to give investors access to the Intellectual Property that exists in exciting content, streamed and broadcast in a new era for our industry. Our teams’ experience of these changes over many years means that we can guide investors into the most profitable and reliable investment opportunities and help them to focus on creating portfolios which have asset backing and solid income streams, whilst also benefiting from favourable tax reliefs which are supported by the Government.” 

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