10-Q
RLJ ENTERTAINMENT, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 11/09/2017
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ITEM 2.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, such as statements of our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions. As described at the beginning of this Quarterly Report under the heading “Forward-Looking Statements,” our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to such differences include those discussed elsewhere in this Quarterly Report under the heading “Forward-Looking Statements.” You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this Quarterly Report. Except as may be required under federal law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur.

You should read the following discussion and analysis in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and related footnotes included in Item 1 of this Quarterly Report and with our audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto, and with the information under the headings entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 23, 2017.

OVERVIEW

General

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (RLJE or the Company) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences through its proprietary subscription-based digital channels, Acorn TV and Urban Movie Channel (or UMC), and a direct presence in North America, the United Kingdom (or U.K.) and Australia with strategic sublicense and distribution relationships covering Europe, Asia and Latin America. RLJE was incorporated in Nevada in April 2012. On October 3, 2012, we completed the business combination of RLJE, Image Entertainment, Inc. (or Image) and Acorn Media Group, Inc. (or Acorn Media), which is referred to herein as the “Business Combination.” Acorn Media includes its U.K. subsidiaries RLJ Entertainment Ltd, Acorn Media Enterprises Limited (or AME), and RLJE International Ltd (collectively, RLJE UK), as well as RLJ Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd (or RLJE Australia). In February 2012, Acorn Media acquired a 64% ownership of Agatha Christie Limited (or ACL).  References to Image include its wholly-owned subsidiary Image/Madacy Home Entertainment, LLC. “We,” “our” or “us” refers to RLJE and its subsidiaries unless otherwise noted. Our principal executive offices are located in Silver Spring, Maryland, with an additional location in Woodland Hills, California. We also have international offices in London, England and Sydney, Australia.

We strive to be a preferred source and destination for entertainment for a variety of distinct audiences with particular and special programming interests. We acquire, develop and exploit television, film and other media content across all platforms of distribution. We actively manage all windows of exploitation to optimize the reach of our promotional efforts and maximize the value of our releases.

We acquire content rights in various categories, with particular focus on British mysteries and dramas, urban programming and full-length independent motion pictures. We also develop, produce and own original programming primarily through our wholly-owned subsidiary, AME, our 64%-owned equity method investee, ACL and UMC. We control an extensive program library in genres such as British mysteries and dramas, urban/African-American, action/thriller and horror, fitness/lifestyle and long-form documentaries.

We market our products through a multi-channel strategy encompassing (1) direct relations with consumers via proprietary subscription-based digital channels (Digital Channels segment); (2) the licensing of original drama and mystery content managed and developed through our wholly-owned subsidiary, AME, and our 64%-owned equity method investee, ACL, (IP Licensing segment); and (3) wholesale exploitation through partners covering broadcast and cable, digital, online and retail outlets (Wholesale Distribution segment). As a result, we view our operations based on these three distinctive reporting segments. Operations and net assets that are not associated with any of these stated segments are reported as “Corporate” when disclosing and discussing segment information. Our Digital Channels segment consists of our subscription-based digital streaming channels. The IP Licensing segment includes intellectual property rights that we own or create and then sublicense for exploitation worldwide. Our Wholesale Distribution segment consist of the acquisition, content enhancement and worldwide exploitation of exclusive content in various formats, including broadcast, DVD and Blu-ray and digital (which include VOD, SVOD, streaming and downloading). We also sublicense certain distribution rights to others to cover territories outside the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. Our Wholesale Distribution segment also includes our U.K. mail-order catalog and ecommerce businesses.

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