Our Businesses

 
 

Theatre

 
 

Theatre

 

The company has expertise in the world of theatre, mainly due to the experience of the CEO Geoff Morrow who has been involved in the entertainment world for most of his life.

Box office gross receipts from theatre have nearly doubled in the last thirteen years and now amount to over £1,083 million in 2013 in the UK (according to BFI film forever statistic year book 2014) and an astonishing USD 1,370 million on Broadway (according to The Statistics Portal).  A successful show can see vast returns but the key, of course is to identify which shows will be hits and which will be flops. It is in that area that the company believes it has a great edge over the individual investor.


42nd Street

Gate Ventures is pleased to announce its investment in a new West End production of the stage musical “42nd Street.” The show has opened at the world-famous Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 20 March 2017. This Grade Linnit Company production of 42nd Street comes from the same team that delivered this year’s highly successful production of West End hit musical ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at the London Coliseum. Michael Grade and Michael Linnit of the Grade Linnit Company is producing alongside Gate Ventures’ Chairman Johnny Hon.

42nd STREET, ‘The mother of all showbiz musicals’ (The Daily Telegraph) is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Broadway’s biggest show has arrived in London to rave reviews and nightly standing ovations, featuring the iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames and I Only Have Eyes For You.

Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…

Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton joins an all singing, high-kicking cast as Dorothy Brock with Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer.

Mark Bramble, co-author of the book for the original Broadway and West End productions of 42ndSTREET and director of the 2001 Tony Award® winning revival, returns to direct the new West End production on London’s biggest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Booking Link:
http://42ndstreetmusical.co.uk


Being Woody Allen

Gate is the sole investor in this show, the score of which has been written by Geoff Morrow. Lord Michael Grade together with his partner Michael Linnet, are to produce the show which will “try out” early next year, before hopefully transferring to a major theatre. The story involves a man who believes he is Woody Allen. There are eighteen songs in the score.

Sunset Boulvevard

Gate Ventures Plc is the main investor in the successful Andrew Lloyd Webber / Don Black / Christopher Hampton production, which ran on the Westend and Broadway with Glenn Close playing the role in 1998. Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction”) has agreed to repeat her triumphant Broadway appearance in the show and will be playing 40 days at the two thousand four hundred seater Coliseum Theatre in London, with the potential box office gross, in excess of five million pounds.


Other productions

The company is in negotiation with Grade Linnit with a view to entering into a first option agreement, producing brand-name musicals which have an assured and guaranteed audience.


 
 

Television

 
 

Television

 

Infinity Creative Media

As announced on 18 August 2015, the company has entered into an agreement with Infinity Creative Media Limited. Infinity is a UK-based television production studio, of which Lord Michael Grade, a former Chairman of the BBC, is Chairman.

Infinity is producing a number of investor-funded 13 one-hour (“13×1”) high-quality TV magazine programmes for global distribution, where the commercial IP remains vested entirely with Infinity and its investors.

It has four, 13×1 original television formats currently in production; these being The Classic Car Show, The Wine Show, The Art Show, and The Luxury Lifestyle Show. Each series produces numerous income streams for Infinity.

Gate is also investigating a plan to invest in a joint venture to create a new television channel supplying 24 hours a day broadcasting in 42 countries including North America.


 
 

Film

 
 

Film

 

The company’s chairman, Dr Johnny Hon has significant experience in investing and advising in the world of Motion Pictures.

He was an Executive Producer of numerous international film and TV productions, including “W”, the 2008 American biographical drama film based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush and directed by Oliver Stone.

Dr Hon is also one of the Executive Producers of Protégé, a 2007 Singaporean-Hong Kong co-produced drama film featuring Andy Lau and Daniel Wu, both leading movie stars in Asia.

Dr Hon has significant contacts in the film and media industry, and the Company intends to capitalise on those connections. The criteria for the Company’s investment policy into film is reliant on whether the Board believe a film will get significant distribution around the world, and this, in turn, is based on a star, a director, and subject matter. To this end the Company is currently in negotiation with two possible projects.


 
 

E-Commerce

 
 

E-Commerce

 

Where e-commerce meets media and entertainment

Today, there is a great deal of shopping and pre-shopping information available via internet/mobile devices and social media streams. Consumers are looking for product information, deals and often instant buying of products they have seen on TV. Gate Ventures plc plans to capitalise on the associations between its e-commerce businesses and media and entertainment businesses, and will take advantage of celebrity relationships from which product collections are created. With the above changes in technology the appeal can be directed to different niche customers. The Company plans to be able to take advantage of the interaction between internet/mobile and social network interaction related to TV, film, theatre and music and thereby create sales in fashion retail and e-commerce.

In Fashion Retail, new technologies provide tools for improved industry processes and new user experiences, and the company will seek to develop and acquire innovative and disruptive business models that will change the fashion retail and luxury goods markets. It will also use its relationships across media and entertainment to ensure its brand ambassadors are fully utilised.

Consistent Browse/Buy rates are highest in the clothing, accessories and shoe markets globally (source: eMarketeer Report).The largest global market is now Asia-Pacific with the largest share and growth rates since 2012 coming from China. Gate Ventures will focus on other categories where management believes there is considerable room for growth such as event tickets, e-books, sporting goods, video/DVD/games and music. The target groups will not just be the Millennials (age 21-34) but across all age groups to maximise exposure and returns.

The members of our board and senior management have a unique experience mix and strategy to interlink the portfolio of businesses within UK and China that it is planned to grow substantially.

How we will take advantage of the new delivery channels?

Imagine a launch of a TV show’s new season, perhaps a major sporting event, or a reality show, when viewers are able to review social media streams (Facebook and Twitter amongst others) during the broadcast. This is called “Second Screening and gives the viewer the opportunity to use a second device (mobile smart phones or tablet) at the same time as their primary viewing option. They then comment on the programming to their friends. The Topics covered could be characters, plots, fashion styles and even advertisements that are run. Viewers then share these links on their social networks.  The Company will take advantage of the new delivery channels as follows:


By targeting the viewer on both the First and Second Screen at the same time, creating a true and perfectly synchronized cross-media experience. The result: Recapturing the attention of the Second Screen viewer, and a strong uplift on brand and image Key Performance Indicators.

By optimizing Search-Engine Ad spend, and capturing TV-inspired search-engine users the instant their buying intent is highest. The search window is just one click away, resulting in spikes in search traffic for the brands and products promoted in the TV ads.

By displaying products from the commercial prominently on websites for a period following the TV ad airing, one can create a “TV landing page” and thereby a seamless cross-screen experience.


What about the Viewers and Synchronization?

Viewers want different things depending on what they watch, therefore synchronization must take into account the type of show. They also expect a high quality and personalized experience. The second screen works well as an active experience, and should be engaging and inspire action.

 

Our investments so far

Ensygnia

Gate Ventures Plc has led a ‘Series A’ bridging round for Ensygnia, the leading provider of secure and frictionless mobile payment solutions, in which it made a strategic investment of £500,000 for an 8.54% stake.

Other significant investors in the funding round include prominent US FinTech Accelerator and venture fund, SixThirty.  SixThirty’s founder Jim McKelvey, is also a co-founder of Square, the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) quoted electronic payment services company.

Ensygnia is a UK-based technology company specialising in identity management, mobile payments, and cybersecurity.  It launched its primary product Onescan, a transaction and identity management platform, in March 2014.

As part of the investment agreement, the Company and Ensygnia has agreed to set up a Joint Venture (“JV”) in China where Gate Ventures will possess an 80% and Ensygnia 20% of the JV.  The JV will facilitate Onescan’s expansion in China through leveraging Gate Venture’s existing network. In addition, Richard Carter, Chief Financial Officer of Gate Ventures, has been appointed a Non-Executive Director of Ensygnia with immediate effect.

Onescan significantly simplifies the payment process, whilst its identity management system ensures that payments are secure.  Customer data is encrypted and the application can only be accessed through individual customers’ phones.  Onescan has been granted five UK patents on this technology and has applied for patents to be granted in a further 20 jurisdictions.

Ensygnia’s customers include Visa Europe, PlayJam, O2, Waitrose, and BBC Worldwide.  Ensygnia is the start-up in residence at BBC Worldwide and is collaborating with BBC Worldwide on a number of initiatives including the online BBC Shop, which currently has around 4 million users per annum, and its new flagship product BBC Store.

For more information on Ensygnia, please click here.

PlayJam

On 5 December 2016, Gate Ventures plc announced that it signed an agreement with PlayJam, a technology company focussing on the distribution of interactive content, to increase its investment stake to 25.19%.

PlayJam is a UK based technology company and pioneer in interactive TV. The Company has developed and deployed a white-label digital distribution platform for VOD (video on demand), home automation and interactive content for Android-powered TVs and set top boxes.

PlayJam provides its retail, hardware and operator partners significant feature differentiation targeting the next generation of consumer with a range of TV-ready content including leading video brands, games and interactive educational apps.

The PlayJam platform, in addition to assisting Gate distribute content for its current and potential investee companies, presents a further route for Gate to expand its e-commerce and fashion retail businesses.

PlayJam launched services in 2016 in the United States and is working with a range of tier-one and tier-two Multi System Operators (“MSO”), industry-leading set-top box manufacturers and silicon providers to power a suite of Over-the-Top (“OTT”) services, including TV-ready games directly into the living-room, which is a rapidly expanding market.

In addition, PlayJam has recently added significant scale to its operations in the growing Chinese market, through its investors and strategic partners, Innoplay and Avit.  Gate will assist PlayJam in establishing close relationships with leading players in the gaming and content industry in China owing to Gate’s already extensive network in the region.

As part of the agreement, the Company and Playjam have agreed to set up a Joint Venture (“JV”) in the Asian marketplace, including but not exclusive to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, where Gate Ventures will possess 80% and Playjam 20% of the JV.  In addition, Richard Carter, Chief Financial Officer of Gate Ventures, has been appointed director of Playjam.


The company has expertise in the world of theatre, mainly due to the experience of the CEO Geoff Morrow who has been involved in the entertainment world for most of his life.

Box office gross receipts from theatre have nearly doubled in the last thirteen years and now amount to over £1,083 million in 2013 in the UK (according to BFI film forever statistic year book 2014) and an astonishing USD 1,370 million on Broadway (according to The Statistics Portal).  A successful show can see vast returns but the key, of course is to identify which shows will be hits and which will be flops. It is in that area that the company believes it has a great edge over the individual investor.


42nd Street

Gate Ventures is pleased to announce its investment in a new West End production of the stage musical “42nd Street.” The show has opened at the world-famous Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 20 March 2017. This Grade Linnit Company production of 42nd Street comes from the same team that delivered this year’s highly successful production of West End hit musical ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at the London Coliseum. Michael Grade and Michael Linnit of the Grade Linnit Company is producing alongside Gate Ventures’ Chairman Johnny Hon.

42nd STREET, ‘The mother of all showbiz musicals’ (The Daily Telegraph) is the song and dance, American dream fable of Broadway. Broadway’s biggest show has arrived in London to rave reviews and nightly standing ovations, featuring the iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money, Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames and I Only Have Eyes For You.

Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of…

Grammy Award winner Sheena Easton joins an all singing, high-kicking cast as Dorothy Brock with Tom Lister as Julian Marsh and Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer.

Mark Bramble, co-author of the book for the original Broadway and West End productions of 42ndSTREET and director of the 2001 Tony Award® winning revival, returns to direct the new West End production on London’s biggest stage, Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Booking Link:
http://42ndstreetmusical.co.uk


Being Woody Allen

Gate is the sole investor in this show, the score of which has been written by Geoff Morrow. Lord Michael Grade together with his partner Michael Linnet, are to produce the show which will “try out” early next year, before hopefully transferring to a major theatre. The story involves a man who believes he is Woody Allen. There are eighteen songs in the score.

Sunset Boulvevard

Gate Ventures Plc is the main investor in the successful Andrew Lloyd Webber / Don Black / Christopher Hampton production, which ran on the Westend and Broadway with Glenn Close playing the role in 1998. Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction”) has agreed to repeat her triumphant Broadway appearance in the show and will be playing 40 days at the two thousand four hundred seater Coliseum Theatre in London, with the potential box office gross, in excess of five million pounds.


Other productions

The company is in negotiation with Grade Linnit with a view to entering into a first option agreement, producing brand-name musicals which have an assured and guaranteed audience.


Infinity Creative Media

As announced on 18 August 2015, the company has entered into an agreement with Infinity Creative Media Limited. Infinity is a UK-based television production studio, of which Lord Michael Grade, a former Chairman of the BBC, is Chairman.

Infinity is producing a number of investor-funded 13 one-hour (“13×1”) high-quality TV magazine programmes for global distribution, where the commercial IP remains vested entirely with Infinity and its investors.

It has four, 13×1 original television formats currently in production; these being The Classic Car Show, The Wine Show, The Art Show, and The Luxury Lifestyle Show. Each series produces numerous income streams for Infinity.

Gate is also investigating a plan to invest in a joint venture to create a new television channel supplying 24 hours a day broadcasting in 42 countries including North America.


The company’s chairman, Dr Johnny Hon has significant experience in investing and advising in the world of Motion Pictures.

He was an Executive Producer of numerous international film and TV productions, including “W”, the 2008 American biographical drama film based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush and directed by Oliver Stone.

Dr Hon is also one of the Executive Producers of Protégé, a 2007 Singaporean-Hong Kong co-produced drama film featuring Andy Lau and Daniel Wu, both leading movie stars in Asia.

Dr Hon has significant contacts in the film and media industry, and the Company intends to capitalise on those connections. The criteria for the Company’s investment policy into film is reliant on whether the Board believe a film will get significant distribution around the world, and this, in turn, is based on a star, a director, and subject matter. To this end the Company is currently in negotiation with two possible projects.


Where e-commerce meets media and entertainment

Today, there is a great deal of shopping and pre-shopping information available via internet/mobile devices and social media streams. Consumers are looking for product information, deals and often instant buying of products they have seen on TV. Gate Ventures plc plans to capitalise on the associations between its e-commerce businesses and media and entertainment businesses, and will take advantage of celebrity relationships from which product collections are created. With the above changes in technology the appeal can be directed to different niche customers. The Company plans to be able to take advantage of the interaction between internet/mobile and social network interaction related to TV, film, theatre and music and thereby create sales in fashion retail and e-commerce.

In Fashion Retail, new technologies provide tools for improved industry processes and new user experiences, and the company will seek to develop and acquire innovative and disruptive business models that will change the fashion retail and luxury goods markets. It will also use its relationships across media and entertainment to ensure its brand ambassadors are fully utilised.

Consistent Browse/Buy rates are highest in the clothing, accessories and shoe markets globally (source: eMarketeer Report).The largest global market is now Asia-Pacific with the largest share and growth rates since 2012 coming from China. Gate Ventures will focus on other categories where management believes there is considerable room for growth such as event tickets, e-books, sporting goods, video/DVD/games and music. The target groups will not just be the Millennials (age 21-34) but across all age groups to maximise exposure and returns.

The members of our board and senior management have a unique experience mix and strategy to interlink the portfolio of businesses within UK and China that it is planned to grow substantially.

How we will take advantage of the new delivery channels?

Imagine a launch of a TV show’s new season, perhaps a major sporting event, or a reality show, when viewers are able to review social media streams (Facebook and Twitter amongst others) during the broadcast. This is called “Second Screening and gives the viewer the opportunity to use a second device (mobile smart phones or tablet) at the same time as their primary viewing option. They then comment on the programming to their friends. The Topics covered could be characters, plots, fashion styles and even advertisements that are run. Viewers then share these links on their social networks.  The Company will take advantage of the new delivery channels as follows:


By targeting the viewer on both the First and Second Screen at the same time, creating a true and perfectly synchronized cross-media experience. The result: Recapturing the attention of the Second Screen viewer, and a strong uplift on brand and image Key Performance Indicators.

By optimizing Search-Engine Ad spend, and capturing TV-inspired search-engine users the instant their buying intent is highest. The search window is just one click away, resulting in spikes in search traffic for the brands and products promoted in the TV ads.

By displaying products from the commercial prominently on websites for a period following the TV ad airing, one can create a “TV landing page” and thereby a seamless cross-screen experience.


What about the Viewers and Synchronization?

Viewers want different things depending on what they watch, therefore synchronization must take into account the type of show. They also expect a high quality and personalized experience. The second screen works well as an active experience, and should be engaging and inspire action.

 

Our investments so far

Ensygnia

Gate Ventures Plc has led a ‘Series A’ bridging round for Ensygnia, the leading provider of secure and frictionless mobile payment solutions, in which it made a strategic investment of £500,000 for an 8.54% stake.

Other significant investors in the funding round include prominent US FinTech Accelerator and venture fund, SixThirty.  SixThirty’s founder Jim McKelvey, is also a co-founder of Square, the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) quoted electronic payment services company.

Ensygnia is a UK-based technology company specialising in identity management, mobile payments, and cybersecurity.  It launched its primary product Onescan, a transaction and identity management platform, in March 2014.

As part of the investment agreement, the Company and Ensygnia has agreed to set up a Joint Venture (“JV”) in China where Gate Ventures will possess an 80% and Ensygnia 20% of the JV.  The JV will facilitate Onescan’s expansion in China through leveraging Gate Venture’s existing network. In addition, Richard Carter, Chief Financial Officer of Gate Ventures, has been appointed a Non-Executive Director of Ensygnia with immediate effect.

Onescan significantly simplifies the payment process, whilst its identity management system ensures that payments are secure.  Customer data is encrypted and the application can only be accessed through individual customers’ phones.  Onescan has been granted five UK patents on this technology and has applied for patents to be granted in a further 20 jurisdictions.

Ensygnia’s customers include Visa Europe, PlayJam, O2, Waitrose, and BBC Worldwide.  Ensygnia is the start-up in residence at BBC Worldwide and is collaborating with BBC Worldwide on a number of initiatives including the online BBC Shop, which currently has around 4 million users per annum, and its new flagship product BBC Store.

For more information on Ensygnia, please click here.

PlayJam

On 5 December 2016, Gate Ventures plc announced that it signed an agreement with PlayJam, a technology company focussing on the distribution of interactive content, to increase its investment stake to 25.19%.

PlayJam is a UK based technology company and pioneer in interactive TV. The Company has developed and deployed a white-label digital distribution platform for VOD (video on demand), home automation and interactive content for Android-powered TVs and set top boxes.

PlayJam provides its retail, hardware and operator partners significant feature differentiation targeting the next generation of consumer with a range of TV-ready content including leading video brands, games and interactive educational apps.

The PlayJam platform, in addition to assisting Gate distribute content for its current and potential investee companies, presents a further route for Gate to expand its e-commerce and fashion retail businesses.

PlayJam launched services in 2016 in the United States and is working with a range of tier-one and tier-two Multi System Operators (“MSO”), industry-leading set-top box manufacturers and silicon providers to power a suite of Over-the-Top (“OTT”) services, including TV-ready games directly into the living-room, which is a rapidly expanding market.

In addition, PlayJam has recently added significant scale to its operations in the growing Chinese market, through its investors and strategic partners, Innoplay and Avit.  Gate will assist PlayJam in establishing close relationships with leading players in the gaming and content industry in China owing to Gate’s already extensive network in the region.

As part of the agreement, the Company and Playjam have agreed to set up a Joint Venture (“JV”) in the Asian marketplace, including but not exclusive to China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, where Gate Ventures will possess 80% and Playjam 20% of the JV.  In addition, Richard Carter, Chief Financial Officer of Gate Ventures, has been appointed director of Playjam.