APOLLO MEDIA IS A LONDON-BASED MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY FINANCE BOUTIQUE FOUNDED BY MARK BEILBY AND GAVIN POOLMAN.
APOLLO HAS A PROVEN BACKGROUND BOTH AS A PRODUCER AND AS AN INVESTOR, AND A GROWING REPUTATION FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY FINANCE.
Apollo’s best-known production, Festival Express, was one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2004. The film was successfully released in major theatrical markets and went straight into the US DVD Music Charts at number 1, where it stayed for 10 days (after 11 months on release, it was still at number 2).
In 2006-2008, working together with LA-based Grand Army Entertainment, Apollo arranged the financial structuring of over $350M of independent films and television financed by Bank of America and Wachovia Bank, including 18 films produced for television by RHI Entertainment, as well as the following US independent feature film productions:
Five Dollars A Day (Christopher Walken, Sharon Stone)
Hachiko (Richard Gere, directed by Lasse Hallstrom)
Lies and Deception (Christian Slater, Cuba Gooding Jr)
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ann Margret)
Mad Money (Katie Holmes, Queen Latifah, Diane Keaton)
Major Movie Star (Jessica Simpson)
New York I Love You (Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Orlando Bloom)
The Six Wives of Henry Lefay (Tim Allen)
Smother (Liv Tyler and Diane Keaton)
Streets of Blood (Val Kilmer, Sharon Stone)
The Year of Getting to Know Us (Jimmy Fallon, Lucy Liu, Tom Arnold)
In 2008, Mark and Gavin co-founded Lumi Insight (www.lumiinsight.com), a mobile technology company based on a unique and proprietary state-of-the-art content management system enabling real-time interactivity on any mobile device. Lumi was awarded 5 innovation grants in 2010/ 2011 by the UK's Technology Strategy Board. Originally created for viewers to interact in real time with live TV, Lumi’s patented software has been deployed in music, market research, digital polling, CRM, and meetings & events for clients including YLE, SVT, Mediaset and NBC, EMI, CI and Abbey Road Live, WPP, Kantar, Ipsos, IBM, Vodafone, and MBI (for Unilever, Pepsi, and London Transport), YouGov, and eBay. Lumi’s shareholders now include advertising giant WPP and Chris Morris, founder of Computershare. In June 2013, Lumi completed the acquisition of IML, a UK-based tech company providing software services to meetings & events. In 2014, Lumi was named as one of the UK Government’s Future50 top tech companies.
IN 2013, TOGETHER WITH INGENIOUS MEDIA, APOLLO DEVELOPED AND LAUNCHED THE INGENIOUS SENIOR FILM FUND, A DATA-DRIVEN FUND THAT FINANCES INDEPENDENT FILMS WITH BUDGETS OVER $10M.
CURRENT INVESTMENTS INCLUDE:
The Dressmaker (Kate Winslet) - director Jocelyn Moorhouse (Proof)
Hunter's Prayer (Sam Worthington) - director Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3, U571)
The Secret Scripture (Rooney Mara) - director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, Brothers)