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Portfolio Exits

85

Funds

1

Partners & Customers

3

About WarnerMedia Investments

WarnerMedia Investments targets new opportunities in early to mid-stage companies that generate strategic value for WarnerMedia's businesses.

WarnerMedia Investments Headquarter Location

One Time Warner Center

New York, New York, 10019,

United States

(212) 484-7819

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Why Retailers’ Data Privacy Policies are the New Customer Experience

Jan 19, 2022

Why Retailers’ Data Privacy Policies are the New Customer Experience January 19, 2022 at 7:55 AM EST By Jesse Redniss, Qonsent Share on email Brands have always focused on personal touches and customization for consumers, yet a recent eMarketer report found growing concerns around data privacy, with nearly nine out of 10 consumers saying it’s important to them. In fact, three out of 10 consumers worldwide have switched providers due to concerns with those companies’ data policies or data-sharing practices adding fuel to the fire. It’s not surprising given we’re in an era of rampant data breaches hitting retailers , with consumers becoming more aware — and concerned — with how brands collect, use and store their personal information. This has led to extreme distrust, fear and even anger. On the flipside, brands and retailers have been gathering and tracking massive amounts of data on consumers, usually without their knowledge, which is then often sold to third parties. Brands do this under the guise of helping provide a better customer experience, but it only takes one breach for that to completely wipe out consumer trust — it exposes the extent to which brands collect, track and keep consumer data on file. It’s a perfect storm and we’ve hit an inflection point — consumers are fearful and angry , data privacy policies are in the hot seat, and retailers are in the crosshairs. But there are glimpses of hope — the upcoming California Privacy Rights Act ( CPRA ) will be the closest thing the U.S. has to Europe’s GDPR, and while it won’t take full effect until January 1, 2023 , it will start applying to data collected beginning on January 1, 2022. And brands beware: CCPA’s noncompliance penalties are steep and could cost a retailer as much as $5-$10 billion . Identify a Clear Value Exchange Despite data privacy legislation slowly starting to take shape, retailers need to shift their mindset from thinking only laws and technology are the silver bullet to this problem. In other words, even with CCPA or an ‘American GDPR’ in place, it would leave out a crucial part of the equation — a clear value exchange for consumers. Advertisement When you focus on the consumer experience it becomes the foundation for effective communication and meaningful engagement. The reason why cookie pop-ups and legislation like GDPR don’t work well is because consumers truly don’t see or understand the value exchange. For instance, if a consumer scans a QR code to receive an offer from a retailer, it might open that brand’s app or take them to a mobile site, which then tracks their personally identifiable information ( PII ) or requires them to manually enter it. Either way they’re essentially forced to decide before even establishing any type of relationship with that brand — is that 20% off coupon worth handing over your personal information? The crux of the issue is centered on a complete lack of transparency as to how, when and where that brand will use someone’s data, how long they’ll keep it, or even if they’ll sell it to a third party. This all adds up to a horrible customer experience, but some brands simply don’t care as they only see how tracking consumer behavior through things like QR codes benefits their bottom line . But that’s all about to change whether they like it or not — it’s time for consumers to take back control over their personal data but, just as importantly, not to a brand’s detriment. Start Working with First-Party Data When brands shift their focus to collecting and leveraging consented  first-party data , it can restore consumer trust through two-way transparent engagement without any hidden surprises or behind-the-scenes tracking. Any data privacy legislation should also ensure consumers can easily and directly opt out of sharing their data. That means being able to revoke a brand’s access to one’s data, but also holding brands accountable by removing third-party access to any and all of the data that they may have sold or shared. The ultimate goal here is to empower every customer to understand how, where and when their data is collected, used and even stored. By establishing a clear, direct line of communication and consent between consumers and brands, shoppers will change their tune and start engaging in relationships that are built on trust and transparency, while still allowing brands to provide superior customer experiences — all through first-party, express consent. 3 Tips When Navigating the new Data Privacy Landscape Regardless of where brands are on their data privacy journey, the most important thing is that they’re on it. To that end, having a solid starting point and some guidance is always helpful, which can be laid out in three key areas: Simplify your data privacy policies by making them straightforward and easy to understand when getting consumers’ direct consent to access, store and keep that first-party data. Establish a consumer-centric approach that is built on transparency and trust, and allows consumers to understand how and where their data is used as well as the ability for them to easily revoke access. Try out new technology and start testing agnostic, privacy-compliant solutions that don’t require you track or collect PII data, which simplifies the process and allows retailers to show they are consumer advocates. Current data privacy laws in the U.S. are disparate and cobbled together, but brands need to start changing their policies now — not just because they’ll face hefty fines, but because data privacy policies and the customer experience are becoming inextricably linked. Remember, without transparency there’s no trust, and without trust there’s no engagement. That’s not a gamble I think any retailer is willing to take. Jesse Redniss is CEO and Co-founder of Qonsent , a data privacy enablement and engagement platform built for consumers and brands. Redniss is an Emmy-nominated Media, Data and Technology executive with 20+ years of data strategy, privacy expertise, multi-screen brand building and innovative product development. Prior to Qonsent, he was the EVP of Data Strategy at WarnerMedia where he oversaw the development of WarnerMedia’s Innovation Lab and the WarnerMedia Investments portfolio, and also led the enterprise-wide data and privacy strategies. Redniss is also a Co-founder of the strategic advisory and investment firm, BRAVE Ventures. Follow him on Twitter ( @jesseredniss ) and connect with him on LinkedIn .

WarnerMedia Investments Investments

182 Investments

WarnerMedia Investments has made 182 investments. Their latest investment was in NJOY as part of their Unattributed - VI on March 3, 2021.

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WarnerMedia Investments Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

3/5/2021

Unattributed - VI

NJOY

$4.99M

Yes

Mudrick Capital Management, and Undisclosed Investors

1

3/4/2021

Series A

Section4

$30M

Yes

9

11/1/2019

Series A - II

Luminary Media

$75.57M

Yes

2

6/12/2019

Series E

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$99M

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10

11/13/2018

Series C

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$99M

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10

Date

3/5/2021

3/4/2021

11/1/2019

6/12/2019

11/13/2018

Round

Unattributed - VI

Series A

Series A - II

Series E

Series C

Company

NJOY

Section4

Luminary Media

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Amount

$4.99M

$30M

$75.57M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Mudrick Capital Management, and Undisclosed Investors

Sources

1

9

2

10

10

WarnerMedia Investments Portfolio Exits

85 Portfolio Exits

WarnerMedia Investments has 85 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Dynamic Signal on June 08, 2021.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

6/8/2021

Merger

$99M

3

12/21/2020

Acquired

$99M

2

11/20/2020

Management Buyout

$99M

Management Buyout (MBO)

1

4/6/2020

Acquired

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$99M

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10

10/15/2019

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

6/8/2021

12/21/2020

11/20/2020

4/6/2020

10/15/2019

Exit

Merger

Acquired

Management Buyout

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

Management Buyout (MBO)

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Sources

3

2

1

10

10

WarnerMedia Investments Fund History

1 Fund History

WarnerMedia Investments has 1 fund, including AOL Time Warner Opportunity Invest. Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

6/29/2001

AOL Time Warner Opportunity Invest. Fund

Diversified Private Equity

Closed

$100M

1

Closing Date

6/29/2001

Fund

AOL Time Warner Opportunity Invest. Fund

Fund Type

Diversified Private Equity

Status

Closed

Amount

$100M

Sources

1

WarnerMedia Investments Partners & Customers

3 Partners and customers

WarnerMedia Investments has 3 strategic partners and customers. WarnerMedia Investments recently partnered with Foxtel on May 5, 2020.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

5/6/2020

Licensee

Australia

Foxtel secures exclusive HBO deal ahead of Binge launch

Foxtel 's new agreement means it will remain the exclusive home of HBO in Australia , it will be a new exclusive licensee for Warner Bros productions and distributed Originals from HBO , a streaming service launching in the US later in May , extended Warner Bros TV and movie rights as well as continuing agreements from Cartoon Network and Boomerang .

2

9/12/2019

Partner

United States

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10

7/25/2019

Vendor

United Kingdom

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10

Date

5/6/2020

9/12/2019

7/25/2019

Type

Licensee

Partner

Vendor

Business Partner

Country

Australia

United States

United Kingdom

News Snippet

Foxtel secures exclusive HBO deal ahead of Binge launch

Foxtel 's new agreement means it will remain the exclusive home of HBO in Australia , it will be a new exclusive licensee for Warner Bros productions and distributed Originals from HBO , a streaming service launching in the US later in May , extended Warner Bros TV and movie rights as well as continuing agreements from Cartoon Network and Boomerang .

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Sources

2

10

10

WarnerMedia Investments Team

14 Team Members

WarnerMedia Investments has 14 team members, including current Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey L. Bewkes.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Jeffrey L. Bewkes

Chief Executive Officer

Current

Stephen F. Bollenbach

Chief Executive Officer

Current

Bill Nelson

Chief Executive Officer

Current

Paul H. Nitze

Chief Executive Officer, President

Current

Deborah C. Wright

Chief Executive Officer, President

Current

Name

Jeffrey L. Bewkes

Stephen F. Bollenbach

Bill Nelson

Paul H. Nitze

Deborah C. Wright

Work History

Title

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer, President

Chief Executive Officer, President

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

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