[Tig] Who really owns LA post?

Nichols Craig Craig.Nichols
Thu Mar 3 17:13:10 GMT 2005

My observation is that ownership is in 3 categories:
1. Large corporations
2. Smaller companies growing by buying smaller companies 
3. "Mom and Pop" boutique operations holding on and waiting for dust to
settle (or looking to find a niche that makes them attractive for
profitable purchase by #1 or #2).

Insert standard disclaimer. 

Craig Nichols
Thomson Grass Valley

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Subject: [Tig] Who really owns LA post?

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About 9 years ago I was working in the Santa Monica area when it's
flagship post facilities were purchased or funded by Four Media Company,
headed by Rob Walston.   The story circulating was that he was a Harvard
MBA with venture capital looking for profit by consolidating the cottage
post industry.  
4MC went public in 1997 I believe and then was sold to German mutual
fund firm Warburg-Pincus.   AT&T subsidiary Liberty Media acquired the
lot and subsequently it spun-off current parent company Ascent Media.  
So a large portion of the throughput capacity of Los Angeles post has
been consolidated and sold several times.  Who really owns LA post?  10
years ago the answers were clear. 

Dave Pickett
Finish - Boston    

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