Richard Beckman and Ron Burkle Form Three Lions Entertainment

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Richard Beckman, a leading innovator in media and entertainment, and Ron Burkle, chairman of the Yucaipa Companies, have partnered to form Three Lions Entertainment LLC (TLE), it was announced today by Mr. Beckman, the company’s chief executive officer. Rounding out the pair, Joel Katz, global chair of Greenberg Traurig’s international media and entertainment practice, will be a minority partner and have a seat on TLE’s board.

Three Lions Entertainment is based on a distinctive global business model that transcends the classic distributor-funded norm. Not only will TLE create original world-class branded entertainment events and content platforms, it will also develop and execute sophisticated cross-platform marketing opportunities with highly compelling integrations and activations, at scale. TLE will be based in New York City and its offices will open in April.

As CEO, Mr. Beckman will leverage his 30 years in the media and entertainment industries to pair the talents of the world’s most respected producers, including Don Mischer Productions and Done and Dusted, with some of the most revered integrated marketing professionals in the business, on behalf of TLE’s clients.

First up, Mr. Beckman will reintroduce fans to Fashion Rocks and Movies Rock in 2014, two programs he originally created in the United States, and executive-produced while serving as the president of the Condé Nast Media Group.

“I am thrilled to be working with Ron and Joel on such an extraordinary venture,” said, Mr. Beckman. “Branded entertainment is one of the fastest-growing segments in media, and at Three Lions Entertainment, we will create one of the most powerful rosters of cross-platform events that will exist anywhere in the world. But what really makes us unique, is TLE’s ability to also provide clients with scalable, multichannel marketing solutions around those properties, giving clients a unique value proposition not currently offered by other producers in this space.”

The intersection of quality entertainment and marketing is the golden equation for brands wanting to move the needle with consumers today, and Three Lions Entertainment is positioned to maximize a brand’s return on their investment,” said Mr. Burkle. The company will be of significant value in the marketplace.”

“Three Lions Entertainment’s unique business model represents the future of branded entertainment,” said Mr. Katz. “The ability to provide brands with the highest-quality productions, in conjunction with scalable, multiplatform marketing solutions, is a financial package that’s unbeatable in the marketplace. Richard’s proven ability on both fronts makes him the perfect man to lead the way.”

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