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Second Annual MasterClass™ on
Traditional Media Companies --

New Opportunities for P.E. Investors
In a Rapidly Evolving Industry

Featuring 20 Expert Speakers

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

New York City


Fundamental Issues in Doing Middle-Market Traditional Media Deals

Tuesday, January 29
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
New York City


Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs & LPs of Buyout, Venture Capital,

& Hedge Funds, as Well as Executives of Portfolio Companies, 

& the Bankers, Lenders, Lawyers, & Other Advisors Who Support Them

Faculty | Schedule | Registration | Location | Sponsorship | Audio Package| CLE

It’s no secret that traditional media is in flux, especially the established stalwarts – national TV and radio, magazines, and newspapers. However, the industry as a whole is expanding and overall revenue growth of 6.8% is projected for 2003-2008.

Businesses in certain sectors possess many attributes that are highly attractive to middle-market investors – high operating margins, strong free cash flow, liquidity for entrance and exit, benefits from “clustering,” and low susceptibility to economic downturn.

In addition, the credit crunch has brought valuations back in line. Currently, a great many assets are available in the market, and there are opportunities to acquire underdeveloped and under-managed companies. 

You just have to know where to look.

So join us for The Capital Roundtable’s second annual MasterClass on Investing in Traditional Media Companies, in which we’ll tackle the myriad trends, challenges, and opportunities in this highly cyclical industry. Chairing the program will be Matt Gormly, Managing Partner of The Wicks Group of Companies, and a veteran in traditional media both on the private equity and operating fronts.

During this unique MasterClass, you’ll hear from five panels of 20 well-known specialists, including successful private equity general and limited partners, experienced intermediaries, and savvy professional services providers, all of whom may offer unique perspectives, fresh insight, and recommendations. 

For example, we’ll discuss the distinct areas within the industry where you will see the best opportunities for middle-market private equity investment, namely healthcare publishing, and education.

The changing healthcare regulatory environment means lots of “need-to-know” new information required by doctors, making secure niche players very appealing. “No Child Left Behind” has been a boon for specialty education content providers and the constant pressure to improve the system dictates premium prices for solid content.

At the end of this full-day class you’ll be fully versed on the trials and tribulations of investing in traditional media. Plus, you’ll have the chance to network with a host of industry experts as well as like-minded investors.

This program is being produced by The Capital Roundtable™, the country's sole information organization focused exclusively on the private-equity community.

And while you’re at it, consider enrolling in our special half-day workshop the day before (Tuesday, January 29), focusing on the Fundamental Issues in Doing Middle-Market Traditional Media Deals".

Those attending the full-day MasterClass will --

  • Pinpoint those sectors that are most recession resistant and least susceptible to revenue declines during an economic downturn

  • Identify companies and sectors with strong operating margins, solid free cash flow and recurring revenue models

  • Find out why middle market deals are less vulnerable with respect to leveraging

  • Learn how certain sectors can benefit from “clustering,” or consolidation

  • See why regulatory trends in the industry are creating a windfall for companies in the healthcare and education markets

  • Identify niche companies in radio – a sector that offers strong recurring revenue models and valuations not seen since the 1980s

  • See why the move to online advertising and content will spell more and more  trouble for newspapers and magazines

  • Learn why certain areas of specialty publishing are feeling the pinch

You should attend this MasterClass if you are a --

  • Private equity sponsor with media portfolio companies

  • GP or LP considering portfolio companies in traditional media

  • New private equity firm that may invest in traditional media companies

  • Investor experienced in one traditional media sub sector and seeking broader knowledge

  • Hedge fund manager or venture capitalist who is seeking investments in traditional media

  • Lender wishing to back media transactions

  • Attorney who advises on M&A deals in the media industry

  • Investment banker who actively pursues deals in the media industry

  • Executive search professional recruiting for the media industry

For more information, please feel free to speak with Dana DeMattia at 212/832-7333 ext. 102 or

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Chaired By

  • Matthew E. Gormly III, Managing Partner, Wicks Group of Companies LLC

Hosted By

  • Burt Alimansky, Managing Partner, Alimansky & Bethell Group, and Chairman, The Capital Roundtable


  • Mitchell S. Ames, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP

  • Michael P. Behringer, Managing Director, Apprise Media LLC (workshop)
  • Todd E. Benson, Senior Partner, Citigroup Alternative Investments

  • Stephen R. Bochner, Partner, Sextant Search Partners LLC
  • Michael E. Bogdan, Partner, Atalaya Capital Management LP
  • Daniel DeAlmeida, Director, TD Securities Inc

  • Michael H. Dolan, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps LLC
  • Craig Fischer, Partner, InterMedia Partners VII LP
  • L. Watts Hamrick III, Managing Partner, Wachovia Capital Partners

  • Michael R. Hannon, Managing Director, CCMP Capital Advisors LLC

  • Ian D. Highet, Partner, Court Square Capital Partners
  • Douglas A. Hurst, Managing Director, SMH Capital Investment Banking Group

  • Jeffrey S. Kilrea, President, CapitalSource Inc.

  • Jonathan A. Knee, Senior Managing Director, Evercore Partners Inc.

  • Michael B. Lazar, Managing Director & COO, BlackRock Kelso Capital Advisors LLC

  • James C. Lessersohn, Senior Vice President, New York Times Co. Inc.
  • Andrew W. Marcus, Vice-Chairman, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.
  • Thomas A. Mastrelli, E.V.P.--Corporate Development, Neilsen Media Research Inc.
  • Richard Morgan, Asst. Managing Editor, The Deal LLC
  • Robert B. Nolan, Partner, Halyard Capital
  • Jason L. Rapp, Senior Vice President, IAC-InterActiveCorp.
  • Sheila Spence, Senior Vice President, WPP Group PLC
  • Jeffrey T. Stevenson, Co-CEO & Managing Partner, Veronis Suhler Stevenson Partners LLC
  • Allen Westergard, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP

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12:30 - 01:30
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02:30 - 03:15
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04:30 - 05:30

01:30 - 02:00
02:00 - 05:00


Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast
Welcoming Remarks & Audience Introductions
First Keynote --In the Trenches Perspective
First Panel--How We Do It, What We’ve Learned – Perspectives from Four Upper-Middle-Market Private Equity Investors                                 

Coffee & Networking Break
Second Panel -- Mergers & Consolidations -- How Four Prominent Acquisition-Oriented Corporate Buyers See the Market

Luncheon & Networking

Third Panel -- How We Coach Private Equity Dealmakers – Two Senior Lenders,a Mezz Lender, & an Investment Banker Trade Their Insights on the Turbulence in the M&A Markets

Afternoon Keynote
Coffee & Networking Break

Fourth Panel -- What We Tell Our P.E. Clients –Recommendations from Four Leading Professional Services Providers

(This panel features a lawyer, an accountant, a sell-side investment banker, & an executive recruiter.)

Fifth Panel -- Origination & Value Creation – Perspectives from Four Lower-Middle-Market Private Equity Investors                 

Adjournment & Networking
Pre-MasterClass Workshop (optional) Tuesday, January 29
Registration & Networking
Workshop: Fundamental Issues in Doing Middle-Market Traditional Media Deals

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  • The registration fee is $1895 for the MasterClass -- or $2295 for both the MasterClass and Workshop.
  • At the door, if space is available, the fee is $1995 for the MasterClass -- or $2395 for both the MasterClass and Workshop .
  • Special group rates -- The Capital Roundtable offers a special rate for 3 or more people from your firm.  For more info, please contact Amy Geiger at or 212/832-7333 ext 106.


Click Here to Register >>     Purchase Audio Package >>

You can pay by credit card (using the links above) or by check. Mail your check and business card to: New York Business Roundtable Inc., 12 East 44 Street, Penthouse, New York, NY 10017.

If the program is oversubscribed, we will notify you immediately and not charge your credit card.  (If you need to cancel, please do so by Wednesday, January 23, at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future meeting.)

From time to time, for reasons beyond Capital Roundtable's control, program schedules and speakers become subject to change.  We make every effort to announce substantive changes by email to registrants at least 48 hours in advance.

Have a special question?  Please contact Dana DeMattia at 212/832-7333 ext. 102 or by email at

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Midtown Manhattan location in an exclusive private club.

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Audio Package

Can't attend but want to hear the program? You can buy the audio package along with the handouts. Purchase the audio package online now.

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CLE Credits

CLE credits are available for this program.


The Capital Roundtable offers excellent sponsorship opportunities to reach the middle-market private-equity community. For more details contact Amber Mahood at 212/832-7333 ext. 103 or by email at

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