OpenGate Media Group

OpenGate Media Group is specialized in the acquisition and operation of publishing, advertising and paper manufacturing businesses as well as content-based media brands distributed through print, digital and other electronic platforms. The division combines unparalleled industry expertise with disciplined financial strategies and delivers measurable results. Our commitment to acquiring and building value within media-related assets is firmly rooted in our track record of success.

Our group’s investment strategy is focused on three distinct areas where we can leverage our firm’s investment track record and deep industry experience to create new value. Specifically, we are seeking to build strategic relationships and acquire print and or digital businesses that are either non-core to a larger parent company, or have a synergistic fit with OpenGate Capital’s existing media businesses including TV Guide Magazine, Fleurus Presse, PennySaver USA and our specialty paper manufacturers Kotka Mills, NorPaper and Fusion Paperboard.

Investment Strategy & Target Characteristics:

Custom / Partnership Publishing via OpenGate’s Existing Portfolio

  • Leveraging OpenGate Capital’s existing publishing infrastructure and expertise, we offer custom publishing solutions with value creating benefits including lower-costs, greater flexibility, and US distribution.
  • International publications seeking entry to the US market can benefit from the custom publishing solutions by avoiding start-up expenses and working with a partner that is more creative and flexible in its publishing services than large mega-publishers.
  • Strong preference for media content that is closely aligned with entertainment, advertising and consumer matters

Niche Media Add-on Acquisitions

  • Print and/or digital, entertainment-focused media assets that are potentially accretive to TV Guide Magazine or Fleurus Presse’s current operations including smaller publications, and new or emerging digital media sites
  • Revenues of $5 million – $100 million
  • US-based business

Non-strategic Corporate Assets

  • Acquisitions of print and/or digital businesses which are part of a larger parent organization and are no longer considered core to the parent’s overall operations.
  • Revenues of $25 million – $500 million
  • No geographical preference

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PARTNERS

Jack Kliger

Jack Kliger is Founder and Managing Partner of Kliger Media Associates (KMA). Additionally, he is CEO of TV Guide Magazine and a Partner in OpenGate Media Group. He has served on the executive committee of Time Out North America, publisher of Time Out New York, and as Executive Chairman of Alpha Media Group, Inc., publisher of Maxim. From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Kliger was President and CEO of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. Inc. (HFM U.S.), a division of Lagardere SCA and the largest magazine publisher in France. While there, he acquired Jump Start Automotive Group, one of the first lead-generating platforms to develop automotive digital space (now owned by Hearst) and launched Project Runway in conjunction with Elle Magazine, Bravo and Weinstein Productions.

Prior to that, Kliger worked in key executive positions at Advance Publications, Condé Nast Publications and Parade Publications, from 1985 to 1999. He was also Executive Vice President of Condé Nast Publications from 1994 to 1997 where he was responsible for the launch of Condé Net, the web publishing division; publisher of Glamour magazine from 1988 to 1994; and publisher of GQ Magazine from 1985 to 1988.

An active participant in industry-related and philanthropic organizations, Mr. Kliger served for two years as chairman of the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the MPA, the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Board of Trustees of the American Symphony Orchestra.

David J. Fishman

David J. Fishman currently is currently a Partner in Kliger Media Associates, LLC and a Partner in OpenGate Capital Media Group. Operationally, Fishman serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TV Guide Magazine, LLC. Kliger Media’s previous clients have included Alpha Media, Inc. publishers of Maxim Magazine and Maxim digital properties, and Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc., publisher of several niche enthusiast magazines and websites.

Previously, Fishman operated Downshift Media, a media-centric consulting agency and production firm. From 2004 until late 2008 when it was sold, Fishman owned, and served as publisher and editor in chief of Fathoms Magazine, a coffee table collectible magazine for the avid underwater photographer and those passionate about the oceans.

From early 1999 through 2004, Fishman served several roles for Hachette Filipacchi Media. Fishman served as CEO of the company’s Nashville, TN-based television subsidiary, RTM Productions. Concurrently, Fishman also served as the Sr. V.P. of HFM Enterprises, the company’s brand development, merchandise licensing, foreign edition licensing, and content syndication arm. From 2002 until the end of his HFM tenure, Fishman was also Sr. V.P. Group Publisher of Premiere Magazine.

Fishman was an elected Town Councilman of the Town of Mamaroneck and served from 2007 to 2012. Fishman also served as the Chairman of the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Cable TV Board of Control. An avid diver and underwater photographer, Fishman is a founding member of the board of the Coral Reef Conservancy.