»ABOUT B.Â.M« 

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Bel Âge Médias {B.Â.M.} is a company specializing in providing Business Development, Branding Guidance, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) expertise, Exit Strategies, and Investment Banking services. Additionally, under their ongoing Streaming / OTT / 4K / Ultra HD initiative, they continue pursuing strategic alignments with high-end, entertainment technology providers, and explore low-cost alternatives for theatrical, televised, streamed, and online distribution of 4K and 2K films & television programs globally.

Our company has been advising content owners (including OTT / Streaming Channels) for many years.  Our firm represents buyers, sellers and licensors of broadcast platforms & content, world-wide.  We are also appraisers of television and motion picture content. ~ Stephen J. Kerr, Partner  B.Â.M., / President BMC 

Started by Sarah Nean Bruce in the early 2000s (FKA Bel Age Pix on 01/01/01), Stephen J. Kerr  partnered with Ms. Bruce to widen the scope of services that Bel Âge Médias provides its clients, including business plans, pitch books, sales projections, M&A, valuations and many more.  Their diverse entertainment experience ranges from Studio films to Indie films, cable television movies and pilot presentations to new media, digital internet / web video series, and even modernized, transmedia-laden adaptations. 

Together with Stephen J. Kerr, Sarah Nean Bruce operates Bel Âge Médias entertainment biz consultancy in Santa Monica, California.

Nowadays, we are mostly focused on Streaming / OTT content licensing, valuations and M&A.  There has already been a flurry of recent Streaming channel acquisitions and we believe strongly that this is going to continue for many years to come. Our firm is positioned to be in the thick of it! ~ Sarah Nean Bruce, Partner B.Â.M.


»ABOUT Sarah Nean BRUCE« 

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Sarah Nean Bruce has three decades of experience working in production and story development – plus twenty years experience working with major funders raising capital for the private and nonprofit sectors.

Over the past twenty-five years, she has amassed over 75 film, television, PSA, video, behind & beyond the scenes, and Internet TV production credits. 

She served as Co-Executive Producer/Story Development of her family-friendly Hallmark movies: “The Family Plan” and “Where There’s A Will”; Co-Executive Producer of the film festival award-winning sci-fi noir feature YESTERDAY WAS A LIE released by E-One; Director of the cult-indie thriller feature film BRAM STOKER’S WAY OF THE VAMPIRE released domestically by Blockbuster Entertainment, various distribs worldwide, and aired on SyFy Channel’s “31 Days of Halloween” for four years. Her works have been «Official Selections & Winners» of numerous film festivals around the world over the years.

Ms. Bruce’s past work includes: Executive Vice President of Development / Creative Affairs at the boutique production distribution company White Rose Entertainment for John D. Schofield (ENEMY AT THE GATES).

She spent her formative years in a Writing / Development / Technology consultancy position under the tutelage of mentor Steven D. Reuther at Vestron Pictures and New Regency Films.  And she cut her teeth as the Writer / Producer for the nationally syndicated family-friendly TV series “Classic Cars and Racing Stars.”

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Washington University in Entertainment Studies, Recreation & Leisure / Event Production, with a Minor support area in Business Administration.

She enjoys having dual citizenship in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

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»ABOUT Stephen J. KERR«

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Stephen J. Kerr serves as an Investment Banker to the Entertainment Arts.

He has been a Financial, and Mergers and Acquisitions, Adviser for more than 30 years. 

Since partnering with Ms. Bruce’s Bel Age Medias in 2014, Mr. Kerr and Ms. Bruce have continued to expand their advisory work in the media industry.

After Stephen Kerr returned to the United States from Asia – after his work there with Buena Vista International, he founded Business Marketing Consultants, a boutique investment banking firm dedicated to mergers and acquisitions in the home entertainment and publishing industries. To date, Business Marketing Consultants has been involved in over 55 transactions, conducted scores of appraisals within these industries. Mr. Kerr is a recognized expert in the field of business valuations in publishing and entertainment, and has been a sought after speaker at conferences and trade shows for these industries. Mr. Kerr has appeared as a keynote speaker on the topics of intellectual property valuation, business planning, mergers and acquisitions, and capital fundraising.

Starting in 2010, Arcus Worldwide Entertainment, LLC was created.  Kerr and Norm Andersen joined forces with Mark Lagrimas, Ralph Cooper and Keith Birkfeld (formally of MGM) to form this new company that was dedicated to finance and produce films in Latin America.

In 2009, Mr. Kerr and his partners founded International Film Finance Associates, LLC specifically for the purpose of financing major Hollywood productions in Russia.  What they learned through that venture they ultimately applied to their new enterprise in Latin America.

Stephen Kerr served as the VP / Regional Manager of Film Distribution in Southeast Asia for The Walt Disney Company, at Buena Vista International based in Hong Kong. At Disney he worked in publishing, theme parks, television and motion picture marketing.  Mr. Kerr traveled extensively throughout his territory working with Disney’s many intellectual properties.

Mr. Kerr earned an MBA in Marketing & Finance at San Diego State University; a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics & German from United States International University; he also studied Business & German at the Tubingen University in Germany; and he launched his undergraduate work at Western Washington University.

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»Offer«

»BUSINESS STRENGTHS«

– Sold more than 55 publishing, motion picture, music, television, educational, training and production companies, as well as book, magazine, film and TV libraries;

– Business Negotiations and Business Turnarounds;

– Business Plans: write, edit and analyze business plans for any kind of company. 30 years of writing business plans and helping companies execute on their plan make us a valuable resource for entrepreneurs;

– Business & IP Valuations: appraise companies, their intellectual properties and their film/television catalogs;

– Financial Consulting: help start up, and mature, entertainment companies structure their business and set up their organization for maximum efficiency and to attract new money;

– Private Capital Formation: help raise working capital and business growth funds through private loans, equity and warrants;

– ROI Analysis: multi-year revenue and expense projections, ROI analysis and cash flow statements.

»CREATIVE STRENGTHS« 

– Character Development: analyzing characters with extensive and deep psychological profiles

– Story Development: flushing out and developing ideas into treatments and screenplays

– Screenplay Analysis: story evaluation, tweak / polish notes (including plot, characters, styles / language, motifs), structure and pacing

– Pitch / Bible Development: pitch lines, log lines, one- page pitches, pitch bibles, series bibles, and production bibles

– Writing: polishing, tweaking, ghostwriting, editing, storytelling

– Digital Packaging / Presentation: portfolios, capes decks, videos

– Creative Affairs: creating, collaborating, co-writing; overseeing writer / development deals for clients by providing creative feedback during the pitch / script development process; maintaining a current awareness of new talent and pop culture

– Branding: creating client vision / voice, peerless branding, digital / mobile / social media integration and propagation plans

– Skills: inventive, collaborative, innovative, independent, calm, enthused

»PRODUCTION STRENGTHS« 

– Production Management

– Budgeting and Scheduling

– Post Producing, Post Supervising

– Production Accounting

– Information Technology

– Evaluating, directing, implementing, and communicating approved financial plans, as well as managing company’s production and operating budgets, accounting, auditing

– Liaising between Departments (Creative / Development, Production, Post, Distribution) to streamline flow of information

– Working with major funders raising capital for the private and nonprofit sectors, and proven experience as the financially responsible entity on productions, and in companies

– Executive oversight on all accounting and auditing of production entity’s projects

– Seeking out and securing donated, in-kind & discounted services on production and post for non-profits

– Securing $5,000,000.00 in donated and underwritten national and regional media ad time for non-profits

– Accounting and auditing of non-profit organization’s major fundraising and awareness-raising projects

– Risk Averting: solve problems now, avoid problems later

»PASSIONS«

– Mergers & Acquisitions 

– Large Transactions 

– Immersive Storytelling 

– Digital Creativity 

– Market Longevity 

– Business Profitability 

 

»Clientele«

– Trust us to conceptualize, create and deliver opportunities and ultimately provide the greatest metric of all: Transactional Results
– Seek us out to instigate & close the deals for them
– Hire us again, and again
– Recommend us to others

Recent Clientele includes:

EUE/Sokolow EntertainmentThe Film Detective • Brian Baker / BB Holdings UK (Carry On) • Dancing Star Foundation • TMW Media / Bennett Video • Shout! Factory / Timeless Media • Nordic Media LtdNew Films InternationalGal Stad InvestmentsParenting PressKelly’s Filmworks Perry SystemsKappa StudiosESI DistributionFilm MovementFinitivHealing Spaces TVImagination WorldwidePaladin PressThe Camera HousePivotShare


Past Clientele includes: 

Publishing: Walter de Gruyter GmbH • Conari Press • JayJo Books • UR Research • Antioch Publishing • Mind’s Eye Audio • Research Assistance • MediaBay • Hampton Roads • Sunbelt Publications • Libros Sin Fronteras • Covenant Books • American Diabetes Association

Online: PrintQuote.com • Bongarde.com • Classico San Francisco • Babysigns.com • Research Assistance •  ToolsForExploration.com • nSight, Inc.

Film/TV/Media Entertainment: Woodholly Studios • Soundelux • BFS Entertainment • BSI/Eclipse • Porchlight Entertainment • Goldhil Home Ent. •  Discover Films • Smooth Films • Mill Creek Entertainment • «The Butterfly AFFECT» Helping Kids & Families with Cancer PSA Campaign • Larry Levinson Productions / The Hallmark Movie Channel • Eva LaRue / Yipes Corp • ZED Ink • DWTS Pro – Sharna BurgessHelicon Arts • The Three StoogesH-Studios & H-Booths / Henderson Land Development (China) • SKINN • Regent Entertainment • Dakota Pictures • GetGlamTV / ItsAGlamThing • New Regency Films

»Contact«

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»News«

BAM ARTICLE-HOW TO BUY, SELL, OR VALUE A STREAMING BUSINESS (Part 1)

→ The streaming business is beyond Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+.

“Even Cannes, the bastion of the big screen cinema experience,
knows streaming is inevitable.” – BREAKING NEWS: The Hollywood Reporter, 5/14/2019 by Scott Roxborough

To bring a deeper understanding of the Streaming media business, our firm interviewed six experts in the industry, with deep, intimate knowledge of how to create, run and buy/sell these new media assets.

BAM ARTICLE-HAS YOUR FILM CATALOG BECOME A SLACKER?

Our quick “How To” maximize revenue, and minimize costs, of your catalog of movies, television series, and documentaries.

This article represents the next installment in our ongoing series, as we seek to advise and help film distributors, sales agents and other rights holders on “How To” maximize revenue, and minimize costs, of their catalog of movies, television series, and documentaries.

Remember when those nice new films came home with you? They were funny, and exciting… so full of promise. But now, they’ve grown lazy and almost completely useless. What can you do with those dozens, or even hundreds of back catalog films that have worn out their welcome, and are no longer contributing to your household income?

BAM ARTICLE-INDUSTRY UPDATE – IS IT TIME TO CHANGE COURSE?

A Short Essay on How Film and Television Distributors
Can Survive Rough Waters Now,
and Rougher Waters Ahead

Here is the latest in our ongoing series of discussions about the state of the global Indie movie & television industry. In this piece, we wanted to share an update from our recent interviews with several of our indie film and television industry business associates to get the inside scoop on how they changed course to become more successful.