Creative Capital for the Entertainment Industry

About Us

A FOCUSED ASSET MANAGEMENT FIRM

Vine was founded in 2006 as a specialized asset manager that focuses on unique, non-correlated investment opportunities in the media and entertainment sector

Since its founding, Vine has committed more than $1.0 billion to investments in assets backed by major motion pictures, television, and other media and entertainment content

Vine was established on the principle that successful investing in the sector is driven by focus, attention to detail, and a highly disciplined approach

PROVIDING UNIQUE SOLUTIONS TO THE ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR

Since its first investment in 2007, Vine has become a leading provider of liquidity and capital to established creators and owners of film and television content

Vine invests in flexible and creative transactions with its industry partners to fund production financing, marketing and distribution expenses, and working capital. Vine also monetizes and invests in royalty assets, participations, and film and TV libraries

Vine is capable of investing across a range of sizes, structures, and products, including more traditional debt securities and hybrid investments

The team seeks to partner with established film and television production companies, distribution companies, and other owners and creators of content

Team

James P. Moore

Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer

As Managing Partner and CEO of Vine, Jim Moore brings nearly three decades of financial world expertise to the firm’s growing portfolio of assets in the media and entertainment space, providing strategic direction and executive management to Vine’s portfolio companies.

Mr. Moore is recognized by his industry peers as a thought leader with respect to navigating the ever-present complexities and the current challenges facing the industry from outside pressures and current world events.  His vision for the future of the industry has positioned Vine to be a leader within the rapidly evolving entertainment landscape by integrating core components of the future content creation ecosystem with industry executives with strong leadership and execution credentials.

Prior to Vine, Moore spent more than 16 years at JP Morgan and then as Head of Asset Backed Securities at ABN Amro, North America, where he oversaw the bank’s commercial paper conduit, commercial mortgage backed, and public ABS businesses.

Moore has a successful track record of developing start-up businesses including serving as a senior member of JPM’s public ABS team that grew the business from a startup to #5 in the league tables during the mid-1990’s;  the founding of ABN Amro Bank’s US term ABS business; along with the creation of Dresdner Kleinwort’s US Financial Institutions Banking Group.

William E. Lambert

Partner, Chief Investment Officer

Bill Lambert is a Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Vine.  Mr. Lambert provides oversight of all risk assessment, underwriting, structuring and portfolio management activities with respect to Vine’s fund investments.

He lends significant transaction and legal documentation experience to Vine’s onboarding process.  Lambert also heads Vine’s investor relations activities including its fundraising efforts and regular communications with investors.

Mr. Lambert’s background includes 20 years of investment banking experience with a focus in media and entertainment that started at Chemical Bank where he was trained in credit, structuring and transaction execution.  He spent 12 years at Dresdner Kleinwort in the Media & Entertainment Group responsible for structuring and marketing a variety of capital markets solutions for his clients. Mr. Lambert founded the Leveraged Finance Group at Dresdner Kleinwort where he led the effort to integrate the institution’s private equity sponsor driven M&A practice with its leveraged finance capabilities.

Mr. Lambert serves as a member of Vine’s investment committee and is a Board member of Village Roadshow, a Vine portfolio company.

Stephen A. Kovach

Partner, Head of Business Origination

As a Partner of Vine, Stephen Kovach brings over twenty-five years of investment banking, capital markets and private equity experience to the firm.  Mr. Kovach plays a key role in creating and maintaining Vine’s relationships across the media and entertainment industry and is frequently tapped to speak as a panelist for his broad understanding of the media and entertainment space and its evolving trends.

He sits on the firm’s investment committee and in conjunction with Messer’s Moore and Lambert, sets strategic direction for Vine’s portfolio companies.

Prior to Vine, Mr. Kovach worked at Dresdner Kleinwort for eight years.  As part of the investment banking division, he worked on numerous mergers & acquisitions, balance sheet management and capital markets transactions.

Mr. Kovach serves on the board of Village Roadshow, is a member of the CFA Institute and received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2002.

Rob Amir

Partner

Since joining Vine in 2012, Mr. Amir has served as Partner and Head of Transaction Analytics. His direct industry background at a major studio adds an important layer of experience with respect to his structuring, analytics and transaction modeling responsibilities at Vine.

Mr. Amir’s background includes:

  • Over ten years experience in investment banking
  • Five years experience within a major Hollywood studio’s motion picture group
  • Senior member of Sony’s Motion Picture Business Development Group responsible for determining financial viability of feature films through analysis of all media channels under varying distribution and capital structures
  • Analyzed more than 100 motion picture films ranging in production investment size from $1-$300 million
  • Evaluated and structured strategic and financial initiatives including slate equity financings, co-productions and co-distribution partnerships
  • Responsible for evaluating opportunities and monitoring existing operations worldwide for non-U.S. films including business plan formulation for market entry and evaluating individual films for greenlight
  • Extensive relationships with all major studios spanning across all principal operating divisions, finance and strategy groups
  • B.A. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management

Daniel Lanstman

Vice President

Mr. Lantsman joined Vine in 2016, where he is responsible for investment underwriting, transaction support, deal execution, monitoring and reporting.

Mr. Lantman’s background includes:

  • Over 10 years of media and entertainment corporate strategy and business development experience
  • Focused on film and television deal analysis, strategic planning, and corporate development at Skydance Media
  • While at Skydance Media, played a key role in the $700 million recapitalization of the company
  • Focused on strategic initiatives and supported cross-functional activities among business units including Business Development, International Distribution, and Original Programming at Starz
  • Conducted deal analysis, managed corporate facilities, and supported FP&A while at Exclusive Media
  • B.S. in Finance from California State University Northridge

Samantha Frankel

Vice President

Ms. Frankel joined Vine in 2014, where she is responsible for investment underwriting, transaction support, deal execution, monitoring and reporting and marketing the firm’s products.

Ms. Frankel’s background includes:

  • Sales, consulting and equity finance within J.P. Morgan’s Prime Brokerage Group
  • Providing leverage to and monitoring portfolios of buyside clients within her equity finance role
  • Prior experience includes Centerbridge Partners and The Weinstein Company
  • B.B.A from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

Quinn Wang

Associate

Mr. Wang joined Vine in 2018, where his responsibilities include investment underwriting, transaction support, deal execution, monitoring and reporting.

Mr. Wang’s background includes:

  • Investment Banking within BMO Capital Markets
  • Advised companies on mergers and acquisitions as well as capital raising
  • B.B.A with a concentration in Finance from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School

Adam Paley

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Paley joined Vine in 2010. He is currently Director of Finance and Chief Compliance Officer with responsibility for oversight of all company accounting, financial reporting and company compliance requirements. He is the liaison with Vine’s third party administrator, custodian, auditor and tax preparer. Mr. Paley is a Certified Public Accountant.

Mr. Paley’s background includes:

  • Over eight years in both private and public accounting. Focused on a wide array of products and services included accounting, auditing and tax services.
  • Three years at public accounting firm BDO USA in the financial services group. Responsibilities included: reviewing investment manager internal controls, preparation of financial statements, investment fair value evaluations and review of fund net asset value calculations for hedge funds, fund of funds and private equity funds.
  • Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State.
  • B.S. in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. in Investment Management from Pace University Lubin School of Business.

Julia Anikushina

Fund Controller

Ms. Anikushina joined Vine in 2017 as a senior accountant. She is responsible for all company accounting and financial reporting.

Ms. Anikushina’s background includes:

  • Six years of both corporate and private equity accounting experience with a focus on preparation of financial statements, fund net asset value calculations for private equity funds and fund of funds
  • Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State.
  • B.B.A. in Accounting from Baruch College and an M.S. in Taxation from Pace University Lubin School of Business.

Valerie Bonales

Senior Accountant

Ms. Bonales joined Vine in 2021 as a senior accountant. She is responsible for company accounting and financial reporting.

Ms. Bonales background includes:

  • Three years of private equity accounting experience at a Fund Administrator with a focus on preparation of financial statements and fund net asset value calculations for private equity funds and fund of funds.
  • B.S. in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.