Whether it’s advising Lord Lloyd Webber on the possible sale of his Really Useful Group this year, or managing the £100m sale of 19 Entertainment, maker of the hit television series American Pop Idol, there is scarcely an important deal in the British media and entertainment world that Ingenious Media does not have a hand in. Founded in 1998 by chief executive Patrick McKenna, the company also managed this year’s flotation of the television companies Shed and RDF, makers of Footballers’ Wives and Wife Swap respectively. Combined with co-producing such hit films as Vera Drake and Closer in 2004, this has pushed up sales 91% a year, from £6.1m in 2001 to £43.1m in 2004, when the firm made a healthy profit.
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