Big Picture – A Deep Dive Examination of Gaming Realms PLC
Gaming Realms PLC Snapshot
Michael was Executive Chairman of Cashcade, which he founded with Patrick Southon and Simon Collins in 2000. Amongst a number of functions he performed for the company during this period, Michael was responsible for raising the £7 million equity needed for the company’s development, created a number of important commercial relationships for Cashcade, and led the sale process which generated an aggregate sale consideration of approximately £96 million for shareholders.
He has invested in and been Executive Chairman of a number of public companies. These include SelecTv plc, a producer of comedy and comedy drama series for television such as Lovejoy, Birds of a Feather and The New Statesman. SelecTv invested in a consortium which in 1991 won the franchise to create Meridian Television, of which Michael was a founder director. He was also Executive Chairman of Pacific Media plc, which invested in a number of internet backbone companies in Asia during the 1990s as well as creating a chain of movie theatres in South East Asia in partnership with United Artists Theatre Circuit Inc.
Jim recently retired as the Co-CEO of bwin.party digital entertainment plc. He has spent the last 12 years of his career in leadership roles within the online gaming sector and led a number of the industry’s largest merger and acquisition transactions, including the merger of PartyGaming plc and Bwin; the acquisitions of Cashcade and the World Poker Tour; and the sale of St. Minver Limited. Jim has held senior management posts at SXC Health Solutions Corp., Procuron Inc., Metcan Information Technologies Inc. and Epson Canada Limited.
His is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant, accredited with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Mark Wilson is currently a partner of NMG, a slot machine distributor and route operator in New Mexico, and parent company to a gaming supply subsidiary in other southwestern US markets. He previously served as executive chairman of Music Choice International, a pan European digital music provider to over 30 cable, satellite, telecommunications and IPTV providers, where he oversaw the turnaround of the business and subsequent sale to Stingray Digital in 2011.
Mark also served as founding president and chief executive officer of Television Games Network (TVG) the leading interactive US horseracing network. TVG was incorporated in 1998 as a Liberty Media-backed company, which was subsequently sold to TV Guide in 2004.
He trained as a lawyer after having attended Western Kentucky University and obtaining a Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville.
Chief Executive Officer
Patrick has been working within the online gambling sector for the last 13 years. He is particularly focused on marketing, brand building and media buying. Patrick was Managing Director of Cashcade and Managing Partner of NewGame, an investment fund focusing on innovation within the gambling sector. His marketing expertise allowed Cashcade to build a distinctive and prominent brand identity around, among others, its flagship Foxy Bingo brand and turned the company into one of the most effective advertisers on British television.
Simon co-founded Cashcade in 2000 and was its commercial director with responsibility for acquisitions and third-party relationships. Simon formed a range of profitable business-to-business and affiliate relationships for Cashcade and was an early adopter of both search engine and social network marketing in the monetised digital gaming space. Following the sale of Cashcade, Simon remained at bwin.party until April 2011, where he focused on innovation, research and development as well as the ongoing development of Cashcade’s brand in the social networking space. Since leaving bwin.party, Simon joined Patrick Southon in setting up NewGame, an investment fund focusing on innovation within the gambling sector.
Chief Finance Officer
Mark recently left bwin.party as Finance Director of its bingo division, having been Finance Director of Cashcade until it was acquired by PartyGaming plc in July 2009. Mark was responsible for the full finance function, including commercial negotiations, business intelligence and operational support in the business and took the lead in the sale to PartyGaming plc and acquisition of Independent Technology Ventures in July 2007. Prior to joining Cashcade, in May 2005, Mark spent five years at the accountancy firm Martin Greene Ravden, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003.
Chief Operating Officer
Stephen has more than 15 years of experience in online gaming. As Director of Gaming at Sky Bet for 10 years, he launched and ran Sky Vegas, Sky Poker and Sky Bingo until 2012. A year later, Stephen led Betfair’s online casino launch in New Jersey, and more recently managed Betfair’s regulated sports betting and gaming businesses in Spain, Denmark and Bulgaria.
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