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IPR.VC is a venture investor focused on media content. Our own background and skills as entrepreneurs and investors is from within media. We love stories and content, and we understand media entrepreneurs and especially the industry. IPR.VC seeks and finances ambitious media business entrepreneurs who want to bring their moving image stories to international success.

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Media and entertainment industry is a $1.9tn growth industry that is going through a major transition. The transition is caused by Internet distribution and changing media consumption habits and it opens up major new opportunities and brings new winners. Media content – TV, film – has become a key differentiator in media and entertainment business leading to growing demand of premium content. For our Funds’ investors, our task is to give access to this new investment area and deliver good profits for them.

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  • Media Coverage – XYZ FILMS / IPR.VC Fund II investment launch 08.11.2019

    XYZ Teams With Finland-Based VC Fund to Raise $100 Million Genre Film Slate Fund

    By Tom Grater

    DEADLINE

    November 7, 2019

    https://deadline.com/2019/11/xyz-teams-finland-based-vc-fund-raise-100m-genre-film-slate-fund-1202779737/

    XYZ Films

    XYZ Films and Finland-based venture capital firm IPR.VC have joined forces to raise a $100m fund that will be utilized to back a slate of genre pictures.

    The money will fund 15-20 features and will focus on filmmaker-driven independent genre fare. It gives XYZ more muscle to fully-finance in-house.

    The move is the latest in a busy year for XYZ, with the company having also established a talent management division with the hiring of former Universal & ICM Exec Peter Van Steemburg in June. XYZ also hired Tatyana Joffe as its President of International Sales & Distribution back in January.

    “Our model has always been making responsibly-budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support.  With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing,” said XYZ partners Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.

    The deal was negotiated by Maxime Cottray for XYZ Films and by Elisa Alvares for IPR.VC.

    “XYZ’s bold vision and talent-focused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund. We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors,” says Timo Argillander, Managing Partner of IPR.VC.

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    XYZ Raises $100 Million in Production Financing

    by Dave McNary

    Variety

    November 7, 2019

    https://variety.com/2019/film/news/afm-xyz-films-100-million-production-financing-1203394949/

    Los Angeles-based production, sales and management outfit XYZ Films has raised $100 million in production financing across a slate of 15 to 20 films.

    Venture capital firm IPR.VC, based in Helsinki, Finland, is co-financing the slate. XYZ made the announcement Thursday on the second day of the American Film Market.

    Notable XYZ titles include Gareth Evans’ “The Raid” and “The Raid 2,” Macon Blair’s Sundance winner “I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore,” Karyn Kusama’s “The Invitation,” Panos Cosmatos’ “Mandy” and Joe Penna’s “Arctic.”

    XYZ said the funds enable it to fully finance or co-finance the filmmaker-driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand. Earlier this year, it hired Tatyana Joffe as its president of international sales and distribution, formed a documentary division and most recently establishing a talent management division.

    “Our model has always been making responsibly budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support. With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing,” XYZ said.

    “XYZ’s bold vision and talent-focused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund. We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors,” said Timo Argillander, IPR.VC managing partner.

    The deal was negotiated by Maxime Cottray for XYZ Films and by Elisa Alvares for IPR.VC

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    XYZ Films Unveils $100 Million Genre War Chest

    by Alex Ritman

    HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

    November 7, 2019

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/xyz-films-unveil-100m-genre-war-chest-1253036

    The capital boost enables XYZ — which has produced movies including the Nicolas Cage cult hit ‘Mandy’ — to fully finance or co-finance what the company describes as the “filmmaker-driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand.”

    Genre specialists XYZ Films has raised about $100 million to fund a slate of 15 to 20 titles cofinanced by Finnish venture capital company IPR.VC.

    The capital boost enables XYZ — which has produced movies including the Nicolas Cage cult hit Mandy and backed Gareth Evans’ martial arts breakouts The Raid and The Raid 2 — to fully finance or co-finance what the company describes as the “filmmaker- driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand.”

    The move is the latest in a series of expansions at the 11-year-old production and sales banner founded by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian. This year, it branched out into talent management, created a documentary division and hired sales veteran and former Global Road executive Tatyana Joffe as its president of international sales and distribution.

    “Our model has always been making responsibly budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support,” XYZ said in an announcement. “With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing.”

    IPR.VC is a Helsinki-based venture capital fund investing in the media and entertainment sectors with a focus on intellectual property.

    “XYZ’s bold vision and talentfocused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund,” said managing partner Timo Argillander. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors.”

    The deal was negotiated by XYZ’s Maxime Cottray and IPR.VC’s Elisa Alvares. XYZ’s most recent films include Synchronic, starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan; the Cage cosmic thriller Color out of Space; and the sci-fi flick Stowawaystarring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette

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    XYZ Secures $100 Million in Production Financing

    by Jeremy Kay

    SCREEN DAILY

    November 7, 2019

    https://www.screendaily.com/news/xyz-films-secures-100m-production-financing/5144490.article

    In a significant step that signals its ambitions, Los Angeles-based genre specialist XYZ Films has secured approximately $100m in production financing to support a slate of 15-20 features co-financed by Finnish venture capital firm IPR.VC.

    The fund raise enables XYZ to fully finance or co-finance the filmmaker-driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand and is the latest expansion after the hire of Tatyana Joffe as president of international sales and distribution, and the launch of documentary and talent management divisions.

    Helsinki-based IPR.VC is backed by Nordic institutional investors and puts money in media and entertainment with a focus on intellectual property.

    “Our model has always been making responsibly-budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support,” said the XYZ partners Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian. “With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing.”

    “XYZ’s bold vision and talent-focused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund,” said IPR.VC managing partner Timo Argillander. “We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors.”

    Maxime Cottray of XYZ Films negotiated the deal with Elisa Alvares for IPR.VC.

    XYZ’s AFM sales titles include thrillers Gilded Rage starring Christophe Waltz, Lily Collins and Bill Skarsgard, andAirborne with Alexandra Daddario. The company launched in 2008 and highlights include Gareth Evans’ The Raid and The Raid 2, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, and Joe Penna’s Arctic.

  • XYZ FILMS RAISES PRODUCTION FINANCING FOR SLATE OF FILMS BACKED BY IPR.VC 08.11.2019

    LOS ANGELES, CA (November 7th, 2019) – Los Angeles-based production, sales and management outfit XYZ Films announced today that it has raised funding to provide production financing across a slate of 15 to 20 films to be produced in the US and in Europe and targeted to global markets. Venture capital firm IPR.VC, based in Helsinki, Finland, is co-financing the slate.

    The raise enables XYZ to fully finance or co-finance the filmmaker-driven independent genre fare on which it has built its brand.  It is the latest in a series of expansions for XYZ this year, beginning with the hiring of Tatyana Joffe as its President of International Sales & Distribution, forming a documentary division, and most recently establishing a talent management division.

    “Our model has always been making responsibly-budgeted films from filmmakers we want to support.  With funding from IPR, we can now be a one-stop shop for production, distribution and financing” say XYZ partners.

    IPR.VC is a Helsinki-based venture capital fund investing in the media and entertainment sector, with a focus on intellectual property.  The fund identifies and supports visionary entrepreneurs in the content space.

    “XYZ’s bold vision and talent-focused approach make them the perfect partner to launch IPR.VC’s second M&E fund. We look forward to our continued collaboration with XYZ’s outstanding team to create another successful venture for our investors.”, says Timo Argillander, Managing Partner of IPR.VC.

    The deal was negotiated by Maxime Cottray for XYZ Films and by Elisa Alvares for IPR.VC.

    About XYZ Films:

    XYZ Films is an integrated content company whose mission is to empower visionary storytellers from every corner of the planet. As an independent production company and worldwide sales agency, the company is uniquely suited to identify talented filmmakers and bring their stories to life. XYZ was founded in 2008 by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.  Notable XYZ titles include Gareth Evans’ The Raid and The Raid 2, Macon Blair’s Sundance winner I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore, Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy, and Joe Penna’s Arctic.

    About IPR.VC:

    Founded in 2015, IPR.VC is a venture capital fund manager focused on the Media & Entertainment sector. Backed by Nordic institutional investors, IPR.VC operates out of London and Helsinki, and works with a network of professionals in major European media centres. IPR’s funds have exposure to film, TV, videogames, animation amongst other subsectors, and its new Fund II is dedicated to investing in the production and distribution of filmed entertainment. In collaboration with carefully selected strategic commercial partners, IPR invests in film and TV assets made for the global audiences. IPR.VC is a regulated alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) and it commits to responsible investment principles.

     

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  • IPR.VC has closed finance for its second media and entertainment Fund 20.09.2019

    Finnish fund management firm IPR.VC has raised a new fund to invest in European TV, film and interactive content. IPR.VC Fund II has just launched its investment operations with first closing of MEUR 42 and targets a final closing of MEUR 60-70 within a year. The investor mix includes state-owned investment company Tesi, the FoF Growth III fund, pension funds, insurance companies, family offices, art and culture foundations, and fund managers.

    IPR.VC invests in media and entertainment business in Europe. Media content is a growing asset class that is not correlated to general economic trends. The global media industry has net sales of approximately 2000 billion euros a year, of which TV content generates roughly one-quarter, i.e. approximately 500 billion euros. Most venture funds are active in media technologies, while content production has been financed by industry operators and private investors. The drive for growth is media content, which has not yet attracted European VC investments on a large scale to date.

    To date, IPR.VC has financed the TV series ‘Bordertown’ (‘Sorjonen’ in Finnish) which can be watched in 180 countries, amongst other investments across animation, video games, film and TV production.

    “Over the next few years strong growthis expected in subscription-based, video-on-demand services over the Internet, such as NetflixHBO and Viaplay,and new distributors will enter the market. They will all need their own premier content to reinforce subscriber loyalty. This can open up a fast track to growth for TV and film producers similar to the one that smartphones and mobile apps opened up for Finland’s game industry,” points out IPR.VC’s founder and managing partner Timo Argillander.

    In its investments, IPR.VC follows tangible ESG criteria that address environmental, social responsibility and corporate governance issues. This policy also improves returns and reduces risks over a longer time span. The new fund will reinforce the improtance, for instance, environmental impact auditing, improvements to conditions in production, anti-harassment measures, and equality in HR policies.

    For more information:

    Timo Argillander, Managing Partner adn Co-Founder, +358 400 448079, timo(AT)ipr.vc

    Tanu-Matti Tuominen, Investment Director and Co-Founder, +358 500 593001, tanu-matti(AT)ipr.vc

    Founded in 2015, IPR.VC is a venture investor focused on media content. The company’s objective is to create European success stories from original media content and generate a good return for investors. IPR.VC currently has capital of EUR 62 million under management.

    IPR.VC operates in London as well as Helsinki, and has consultants in major European media centres. Together with carefully selected TV and film partners, the company develops investment targets that have the best potential for winning popularity in the industry and among audiences. http://ipr.vc/| @ipr.vc

     

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