The Carlyle Group Assumes Majority Interest in NEP Group, Venus Williams Joins NEP Board of Directors

The Carlyle Group Assumes Majority Interest in NEP Group, Venus Williams Joins NEP Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, United States


October 22, 2018

NEP Group, Inc. (NEP) and The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) announced today that Carlyle Global Partners (CGP), Carlyle’s long-duration private equity fund, has completed its acquisition of Crestview Partners’ remaining shareholding in NEP. Carlyle initially invested in NEP alongside Crestview and Management in June 2016 and, following the closing on October 19, 2018, now holds a majority interest in NEP. Carlyle will continue to support NEP’s strategy of growing its position as a leading worldwide outsourced technical production partner that enables premier content producers to make, manage and show the world their content.

Carlyle, a global alternative asset manager with $210 billion in assets under management across 335 investment vehicles, has a long-term track record of successfully investing in growing media companies, as well as technology and business service companies. As of June 30, 2018, the firm had invested nearly $90 billion in private equity transactions and $20 billion across the technology and business services sectors alone. Carlyle invested in NEP through the CGP long-duration fund, which Carlyle launched in 2014 to pursue opportunities that leverage its expertise, resources and global platform for investments that benefit from longer hold periods and structural flexibility. The CGP fund’s ability to hold NEP for a longer period of time than a traditional private equity fund and its focus on long-term capital investment provides NEP with substantial available capital to support the company’s current and future growth strategy.

As part of the transaction, NEP announced the company’s new Board of Directors, including three new members. Joining the NEP Board are:

Venus Williams, professional tennis player and Principal at EleVen by Venus Williams and VStarr Interiors. In 2007 Ms. Williams launched EleVen, a lifestyle business and brand of fashion-forward activewear, and in 2002 formed VStarr Interiors, creating elegant, timeless designs for residential and commercial properties. Both businesses are supported by the same hard work, preparation, dedication, intuition and instinct that has made her one of the world’s top athletes. Ms. Williams is a business graduate of Indiana University East and a graduate of the Art Institute’s fashion design program.

Matthew Coles, Vice President, The Carlyle Group. Mr. Coles has been with CGP since 2016 and previously worked in Carlyle’s European Buyout fund. Since joining Carlyle in 2010, Mr. Coles has been actively involved in investments across a number of industries and sectors including business services, industrials, consumer and financial services. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s College, Oxford University. Mr. Coles will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee.

Patrick J. Wilson, The Carlyle Group. Mr. Wilson has been with The Carlyle Group since 2013 and CGP since 2015. His experience at Carlyle includes multiple private equity funds, including Carlyle's flagship buyout fund in Asia, Carlyle Asia Partners, and multiple sectors, including media, education, healthcare and industrials. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney’s Business School and Faculty of Law and received his Master of Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia. Mr. Wilson will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee.

Continuing on the NEP Board of Directors are six members:

Kevin Rabbitt, CEO of NEP Group, will continue to serve on the Board and will assume the role of Chairman.

Debra Honkus, Co-Founder of NEP and former Chairman of the Board, will continue to serve on the Board and will assume the role of Chairman Emeritus.

Tyler Zachem, Managing Director of The Carlyle Group and Co-Head of the Carlyle Global Partners fund, will continue to serve on the Board. Mr. Zachem will chair the Board’s Compensation Committee.

Ken Schanzer, retired President of NBC Sports, will continue to serve on the Board and its Compensation Committee.

Mark Patricof, Founder of Patricof Co, will continue to serve on the Board and its Compensation Committee.

Fred Reynolds, retired CFO of CBS, will continue to serve on the Board and chair the Board’s Audit Committee.

“Carlyle has been an outstanding partner over the last two years, and we’re excited for the opportunity to continue our relationship,” said Kevin Rabbitt, CEO of NEP. “The industry expertise, global network and long-duration capital they provide are major assets to NEP as we move forward with our strategy to expand globally, broaden our service offerings and grow the business.

“I’m also looking forward to working with our new NEP Board of Directors.  We have an exceptional group of people, and I am personally excited that Venus has decided to join this group. Collectively, the Board brings valuable and diverse experiences and perspectives to the table.”

Tyler Zachem, Managing Director and Co-head of Carlyle Global Partners, added: “NEP’s management team has grown the business significantly since our original investment. We look forward to continuing this momentum as we work together to expand NEP’s position as a fully diversified global outsourced production services business.”

Jones Day served as legal advisors to NEP on the transaction. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP served as legal advisors to Carlyle on the transaction. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Barclays and Patricof Co served as financial advisors to the Company. Berenson & Company, LLC served as financial advisor to Carlyle.

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About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $210 billion of assets under management across 335 investment vehicles as of June 30, 2018. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,625 people in 31 offices across six continents.


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NEP Group is the leading technology partner for content creators around the globe. For more than 35 years, we have been delivering innovative products and services that enable our clients to make, manage and show the world their content—anywhere, anytime, on any platform. As a trusted partner working on some of the largest productions in the world, NEP offers a complete set of end-to-end solutions, from content capture to distribution—including a growing portfolio of transformational cloud-based, software-based and virtualized technologies. Our Live Production solutions range from AV services and live audience enhancements to traditional outside broadcast and cutting-edge centralized and cloud production. NEP’s Virtual Production solutions start at the creative stage and end with exceptional execution across ICVFX, augmented reality, LED stages and more. And, our Media Processing solutions provide the tools and products our clients need to ingest, edit, store, search, manage and distribute their digital assets to rights holders across multiple platforms.

Headquartered in the United States, NEP has operations in 25 countries with over 4,000+ employees. Together, we have supported productions in over 100 countries on all seven continents, and we’re still growing. Our clients range from the leaders in sport, music, film and TV, to major corporate brands, agencies, to new content owners and creators all around the world. Learn how we are helping clients bring their creative visions, content, live sports and entertainment to life at

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