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November 29, 2015 3:39 PM ET

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Company Overview of Saban Capital Group, Inc.

Company Overview

Saban Capital Group, Inc. is a private equity firm specializing in growth equity and recapitalization investments. The firm seeks to invest in media, pay-TV operators, free-to-air television, content creation, broadband, Internet/new media, mobile operators and towers, online games, entertainment, real estate, and communications investments. It seeks to invest globally with a focus on Thailand, South Korea, Southeast Asia and India, and selectively at opportunities in North Asia. The firm invests in both public and private companies and seeks to invest in co-control situations and acquire both controlling and minority stake in its portfolio companies. Saban Capital Group, Inc. was founded in...

10100 Santa Monica Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90067

United States

Founded in 2001



Key Executives for Saban Capital Group, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Age: 71
President and Chief Operating Officer
Age: 50
Chief Financial Officer
Managing Director, Private Equity
Managing Director of Private Equity
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Saban Capital Group, Inc. Key Developments

Saban Capital Group, Inc. Promotes Richard Yen to Managing Director, Private Equity

Saban Capital Group, Inc. announced the promotion of Richard Yen to Managing Director, Private Equity. Yen, who has been with SCG since June 2008, will continue to lead the digital media and consumer Internet investment practice for SCG. Yen will support all digital initiatives as SCG plans to expand its investment portfolio in this space. Based in San Francisco, Yen’s ongoing focus is growth equity investments, pre-IPO investments and buyouts in digital media, mobile and consumer Internet companies. In his seven years with SCG, Yen has been instrumental in growing the SCG investment portfolio with companies including Vessel, ironSource and PlayBuzz, among others.

TEN Network Receives Non Binding Conditional Proposals

As Ten Network Holdings Limited (ASX:TEN) revealed to the market it had "received non binding, conditional proposals from a number of parties" to take over the network, shares were sold amid speculation FOXTEL Cable Television Pty Limited and Discovery Communications, Inc. (NasdaqGS:DISC.A) had lowered their joint bid. Ten did not reveal the detail of bids handed to advisers Citigroup, but there was market speculation the network headed by Chief Hamish McLennan received at least three offers. "Ten urges caution in dealing in its shares on the basis of media speculation about -potential transactions involving the company," it said in a statement to the ASX. The consortium of pay Foxtel and Discovery submitted a lower-than-expected offer of 23 cents a share, valuing Ten Network at AUD 605 million, AAP reported. The pair had originally made an offer of 26 cents a share, but wound it back after briefings by Ten about the state of the broadcaster, it was reported. Other potential buyers said to be in the mix include the private equity company that floated Dick Smith, Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C. Another potential buyer is Saban Capital Group, Inc. An independent committee of the Board of Ten will now consider the proposals in conjunction with Citigroup. "If implemented (these -offers) could result in a change of control of Ten or a refinancing of its existing debt facilities," Ten said. "It should be noted that the proposals are confidential, non-binding and conditional in nature and may or may not -result in a transaction that is acceptable to the company." Ten said it would update the ASX again "when required to do so under its continuous disclosure obligations". TEN Network shares fell more than 6% amid reports potential buyers had reduced bids for TEN Network. Herbert Smith LLP is acting as legal advisor for Foxtel and Discovery.

Discovery and FOXTEL Prepares Joint Bid For Ten

Discovery Communications, Inc. (NasdaqGS:DISC.A) and FOXTEL Cable Television Pty Limited are preparing a joint takeover offer for Ten Network Holdings Limited (ASX:TEN) (Ten) on December 2, 2014. Bid of Discovery and FOXTEL will not be fully binding, and is expected to be between AUD 0.25 and AUD 0.3 per share. Discovery and Foxtel remain the frontrunners in the auction for Ten, although whether any bid is successful will depend on the view of its independent Directors on the price offered. Bruce Gordon, largest shareholder in Ten signs that he is supportive of Foxtel taking a stake. Under the proposed deal, Foxtel would hold 14.9% with Discovery taking a majority stake. Ten's Independent Directors will meet to discuss bids received by deadline of December 2, 2014, and then seek shareholders’ approval in Ten's annual meeting on December 18, 2014. Several other bidders including Saban Capital Group, Inc., Anchorage Capital Group, L.L.C., Providence Equity Partners LLC, and Hellman & Friedman LLC are interested in Ten, however Hellman & Friedman is understood to have pulled out of the process. Citi has been retained as advisor by Ten.

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