Legendary Entertainment Names Clint Kisker Executive Vice President of Business Development
Veteran Media and Entertainment Finance Executive to Develop Strategies that Continue to Diversify the Business
Burbank, CA – March 12, 2015 – Legendary Entertainment announced today that longtime media business executive Clint Kisker has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Business Development. Kisker will lead Legendary’s acquisition and corporate development activities aimed at building out the company’s interests in digital media and technology including virtual and augmented reality content and sports. Kisker will report to Legendary’s Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull, who made the announcement today.
Kisker brings more than 10 years of experience to his role at Legendary. He previously founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of One Media, a media and entertainment company specializing in premium film, television and sports content founded in conjunction with ABRY Partners. One Media operated Incentive Filmed Entertainment (IFE), a film production and financing company created in 2008 in collaboration between Screen Capital International, Aramid Entertainment Fund, and The William Morris Agency; capitalized with $100 million including a $70 million revolving debt facility arranged by JP Morgan Chase. IFE’s library of films included BLUE VALENTINE and THE STRANGERS and the company held a stake in Sierra/Affinity, one of the world’s leading foreign sales businesses for feature films. During his tenure at One Media, he also served as Director of Screen Capital International (SCI), where he oversaw new business development, debt capital markets, and portfolio investments. He was also responsible for SCI’s expansion into sports, where in 2010 he advised Chip Rosenbloom, the owner of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, on his sale of the team.
Kisker also helped launch SCI affiliate RSN Partners, a company capitalized in partnership with ABRY Partners to acquire and exploit live sports rights. He led RSN Partners’ $1.7 billion bid to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers in partnership with the Disney family. Prior to joining SCI, Kisker also held CFO roles at SBE Entertainment and Summit Entertainment overseeing transactions, strategic growth and liquidity events at both companies.
Tull recently invested in virtual and augmented reality content with early contributions in Oculus VR technology, prior to Facebook’s acquisition of the company for $2 billion last year, and Legendary Entertainment invested in Magic Leap, a startup building a wearable device to deliver an “augmented-reality” 3D visual computing and entertainment experience.