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Highland Capital Investment Under James David Dondero

Financial management remains to be a complex and sensitive field in business. Especially where large sums of money are involved, managing these funds can be a tough nut to crack. Small companies, also known as micro enterprises, more often find themselves in a quagmire of sorts. Without proper financial management, they are faced with a stern dilemma that can literary and eventually drive their company to the ground. Companies like Highland Capital Management come to the rescue of these small micro enterprises and offer them start up fund to better manage their financial situations. Their primary investment channels include public equity and fixed income. These are crucial areas in financial management and can either make or break a company.

Since its establishment in 1993, Highland Capital Investment has been a forerunner in the development and advancement of Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) market and also in coming up with credit-oriented solutions for retail investors and also institutional shareholders worldwide. Some of their groundbreaking products have changed the way finances are viewed among companies. They include CLOs, mutual funds, institutional separate accounts, just to mention a few. These products are a true testament to Highland Capital Investments ingenuity and witty considerations in the face of the turmoil the financial markets go through.

Mr. James David Dondero, popularly referred to as Jim, CMA, CFA, CPA, is the Co – Founder, President, Portfolio Manager and Overall Managing Partner of Highland Capital Management (HCM). He now lives in Dallas Texas. Mr. Dondero has an accumulated experience of over 30 years in the credit and equity markets, dedicated to distress investing. With such an enormous experience, he is considered a gem in the financial world at large. Additionally Mr. Jim Dondero is the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical, Nexbank and NexPoint Residential Trust, where he serves on the board of directors. What’s more he serves as a member of the council of American Banknote and MGM Studios

Aside from having a high position in the society, Mr. Dondero is an extremely active philanthropist who supports initiatives in education, veteran associations and public policy. He has helped build a subsidiary of Protective life from its early stages to more than $ 2 billion in AUM between 1989 and 1993. He was a corporate bond analyst, then portfolio manager at American Express. In 1984, he began his career as an analyst at the Morgan Guaranty Training Program. His success is attributed to his sharp mind; this is a fact since he graduated from the University of Virginia with highest honors that is Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi; from the McIntyre School of Commerce he was able to scoop two majors, one in Accounting and the other in Finance. In addition to all this he is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and has earned the privilege of using the Chattered Financial Analyst (CFA) title.

Highland Capital Investment is making headway when it comes to financial security. As its motto states, experienced, disciplined and bold it goes without saying that they are in it for the long run. In providing financial solutions, they are simply the best.

Tom Rothman Leading Contender To Replace Amy Pascal

Amy Pascal was an icon in Hollywood for nearly 30 years.

She was at helm of hits such as Men in Black, The Amazing Spiderman, and Groundhog Day. She also had good relationships with Hollywood’s elite stars such as Adam Sandler and Will Smith.

In light of the Sony hack email scandal, Pascal is stepping down in May and speculation abounds about a possible replacement.

One of the top contenders is Tom Rothman, former chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

After 18 years and a record of hits, including Titanic and Avatar, Rothman was booted from Fox.

Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Pascal brought Rothman on board in 2013 to revive Sony’s TriStar film label. Because of his success at Fox, he’s considered a leading contender to replace Pascal.

According to the LA Times, a studio insider said, “He’s got a good reputation with talent, he makes good films, and people like him.”

But Rothman isn’t the only one in the running. He faces competition from Jeff Robinov, a former Warner Bros. executive, whose film company, Studio 8, signed a distribution deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment last year.

Another candidate is Doug Belgrad, who was named president of the studio’s Motion Picture Group in 2014.

Anticipated Movies of 2015

2015 has a large list of upcoming event films. The following are some of the most anticipated films of 2015.

Mad Max Fury Road: It’s been exactly 30 years since we have last seen the road warrior on the big screen. Fury Road looks like it is going to have everything that made the Mad Max series great. Stunts, camera work, atmosphere, all except Mel Gibson himself. Tom Hardy takes over the tole as Max, the road warrior.

The month of February is full of upcoming films that worth checking out. The upcoming films include Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, Focus, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, The Lazarus Effect, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Fifty Shades of Grey.

As Lambranho stated, the month is going to be very busy with upcoming titles. Jupiter Ascending opens on February 6 and the others are going to fill out the month.

What About Netflix’s Financials?

Questions are being raised at to whether or not Netflix is going to be able to succeed with its new model of providing original programming. For one, there are no ratings to report so you have no idea how many people are watching the program. Reports on the cost-return value are not going to be made public.

So, you could say a lot of mystery is going to surround Netflix in its early days of inception.

The answer you could give to the naysayers is “As long as Netflix shows a solid return on investment, all is moot.” And really, why do people persist in thinking about things in terms of the past all the time.

To understand the future of Netflix, we must look back to the early days of cable television. When HBO first launched, it mainly served the New York area. In 1975, the channel was spending a lot of money creating original programming even though it probably had less than 25,000 total subscribers.

Today, you could say the HBO model turned out to be a success. What the pay channel did in the early days set the stage for massive future growth. Ironically, the new plans made by Netflix could very well prove to overtake HBO and other traditional pay channels in the future.

Sergio Andrade Gutierrez understands that Netflix’s executives have made it no secret their goal is to ascend to the throne of pay channels of the future. More power to them.

There Is More To John Textor Than Being A Producer

In 1937 at the Wesleyan University, John Textor received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Ten years later he co-founded Wyndcrest Holdings where he became Managing Partner. Wyndcrest Holdings main interests are in; telecommunications, entertainment and the internet. Other achievements of Mr. Textor are:
* 1999 – Director of The Parent Company and BabyUniverse
* 2002 – Chairman
* 2005 – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
* Chairman and CEO of Sims Snowboards
* Jointly responsible for planning/finance for Micheal Swerdlow Companies
* Founding Director of Lydian Trust Company/VirtualBank
* Chairman and CEO of Digital Domain and its parent company
* Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corp.

Mr. Textor’s main focus at Pulse Evolution Corp. is in; special projects, acquisition of rights, venue partnerships, strategic partnerships and interacting with other media companies. He is full time support to the CEO and President-Head of Studio.

As previous Chairman and CEO of Digital Domain Media Group, Mr. Textor has combined resources of both Pulse and Digital to help create visual effects for more than 80 large scale feature films. There were 25 of those films done when Mr. Textor was in charge. He was responsible for the procurement and restructuring of Digital Domain Media Group in May 2006.

Pulse Evolution’s is known for generating ‘virtual humans’ for live and holographic concerts. Mr. Textor’s expertise in this area has helped Pulse to grow into a global leader of the computer-generated likeness. A recent example of how incredible these virtual humans are; is the human likeness of the late Michael Jackson that was in the live performance of the Bill Board Music Awards on May 8, 2014.

Today the development of computer generated human likeness is popular in the entertainment business. Pulse and Mr. Textor see this interest growing in the days ahead to include the military and surgical simulations. The uses for these applications will be far more lucrative in these situations as well as in telecommunications.

Sony Trying Get “Mario Bros.” Movie Rights

In a move that seems ripped from video game headlines, Sony, makers of the PlayStation, are rumored to be in talks to obtain the movie rights for the “Super Mario Bros.” franchise. Since the jumping plumber is property of Nintendo, makers of the Wii U video game console, the news is definitely turning the heads of industry watchers for one big reason: a Mario movie released under a Sony label would look very strange.

As pointed out by Bruce Levenson, the reasoning behind an outright sale of the rights or a partnership lease deal actually makes a lot of sense. Sony has a history of success in the movie and film industry, and the company already has the necessary infrastructure in place to get an animated feature off the ground. Nintendo is in a bit of rough spot, since the Wii U has not exactly jumped off of shelves across the globe. Therefore, if one company can help the other, the deal could result in a massive money making arrangement.

However, there is pretty good chance that fans of the massive video game franchise could see an animated movie starring Mario, Luigi, and the rest of the cast of characters at some point in the near future.

Tom Rothman: An Accomplished Film Executive

Tom Rothman is an American film executive and is serving as the Chairman of TriStar Productions, which is a joint venture with Sony Pictures. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of Fox Film Entertainment. He served the company for 18 before leaving at the end of 2012. He was an effective leader and managed to earn Fox some of the best profit margins in the history of any movie studio.

Under Tom’s leadership, Fox films won three Best Picture Awards and over 150 Oscars. The two highest grossing films of all time were also produced under his leadership, Titanic and Avatar. The other movies earned over $30 billion in he box office. He had quite a successful and lucrative journey during his tenure at Fox.

Fox Searchlight was one of the biggest accomplishments. He founded it in 1994 and won the Oscar for Best Picture in Slumdog Millionaire. Along with his success with Fox Searchlight, he also has success with Blue Sky Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Television. Annually, these entities earn over $8 billion.

Profit margins under Tom Rothman have increased significantly. Rothman’s tenure at Fox was longer than any other creative head in the history of the company. You’ll probably be familiar with popular movie titles such as: Lincoln, Cast Away, The Devil Wears Prada, Black Swan, Waiting to Exhale, The X-Men Series, and Moulin Rouge.

Rothman also served as the President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company prior to serving with Fox. During that time, he was responsible for films such as Much Ado About Nothing, Wild at Heart, The Wedding Banquet, and Truly Madly Deeply.

Prior to his position with Goldwyn, he worked for Columbia Pictures as the Executive Vice President. He was also a partner at a New York entertainment law firm known as Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz.

As a James Kent Scholar from Columbia Law School, he feels that he should share his knowledge he gained in his career with undergraduate and graduate students in the world. He plans to speak at UCLA, NYU, USC, Brown, and Columbia. He also has contributed to the Movie Business Book, which is often used a film and business schools around the world. He is an accomplished individual that any budding artist or student will appreciate. As he showcased in the Los Angeles Times, he has a great attitude toward his new endeavors, so we can expect more of the same from Tom Rothman.

Other information can be found in his Variety interview.