When Lord Lloyd-Webber put his Really Useful Group up for sale, Ingenious Media was the obvious choice of adviser – its founder, Patrick McKenna, was previously Lloyd-Webber’s chief executive. Ingenious specialises in investment and advisory work for entertainment firms, and helped to broker Robbie Williams’s £80m deal with EMI. It has also invested in 19 Entertainment, the company behind Pop Idol. Last year, Ingenious funded and co-produced the hit films Vera Drake and Closer. Increased sales have boosted profits, which grew 86% a year from £4.2m in 2001 to £26.8m in 2004, when it achieved one of the highest margins of all the companies on the league table.
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