John F. Lambros
Co-Head US Technology Group, Houlihan Lokey
Mr. Lambros is Co-Head of Houlihan Lokey’s U.S. Technology Group and Head of Digital Media and Entertainment. He has been an active advisor to or operator in the digital media and emerging technology markets for over 20 years and has led more than 250 public and private market financings, mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and senior and subordinated debt financings. He is based in the firm’s New York office.
Previously, Mr. Lambros was President of GCA Advisors, where he was also Head of Digital Media Banking, a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and Head of the New York office prior to the firm’s acquisition by Houlihan Lokey in 2021.
Prior to GCA, Mr. Lambros was Senior Vice President of Business Development at IntoNetworks, a broadband technology company incubated at the MIT Media Lab and funded by venture capital. While there, he was instrumental in raising $40 million of growth equity from strategic investors, negotiated more than 50 different content and distribution licensing deals, and ultimately negotiated the sale of the company in 2003. Mr. Lambros began his banking career in Morgan Stanley’s Global Communications Group, where he advised emerging TMT clients and helped raise over $5 billion in senior and high-yield debt and public and private equity for emerging communications and media companies.
Over the past 20 years, Mr. Lambros has been an angel investor in several technology and consumer brand startups. He has been an active advisor to innovative digital companies, including green tech incubator Greenstart; CNC machining platform MakeTime; and email and data marketing technology business LiveIntent. He has also been an active advisor to several nonprofit organizations, including the Digital Media Task Force for WNYC, New York Public Radio; human rights watch organization The Sentry; the Checkerboard Film Foundation; and is a member of the board of trustees of Salisbury School in Salisbury, CT.
Mr. Lambros holds a B.S. from Harvard College and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Industry Changes: From Selling Songs To Buying Services
10/10/23, 3:00 PM
Over the last decade, there has been an intense focus on the long-term value of music copyrights with more than $5 billion spent on acquisitions in 2021 alone. But as the media focus on the big numbers, the companies powering the industry have expertly developed technology and personnel capabilities to service both the high end of the market and the proliferation of mid and long-tail creators.
While the market for copyright acquisitions continues to hold steady, is it this relatively new slate of service businesses that controls the future of the industry? And as they become more attractive to investors, offering growth and profitability, how will injection of capital support the next generation of creators?