Legendary Pictures & ABRY Partners
To maximize their effectiveness, color cases should be printed in color. This case focuses on the review by the private equity firm ABRY Partners of an opportunity to invest in a film financing vehicle, Legendary Pictures. Before 2004, private equity firms had avoided co-investing with film studios in film productions because of their perception of the industry as highly risky and biased against financial investors. The ABRY team undertook extensive due diligence to determine the risk-reward profile of investments in film slates. The case highlights issues around due diligence, risk assessment, market bias and deal structuring in private equity.