Our Mission Statement

ZMC is a leading investor in and operator of media, communications and entertainment businesses. We create value through thought leadership, operational excellence and investment discipline. We work collaboratively with our partners in a culture of transparency, integrity, high performance, teamwork, service and kindness.

History

For more than twenty years, ZMC has successfully invested in and managed a diverse group of media, communications and entertainment enterprises.

2001
ZMC (fka ZelnickMedia Corporation) is founded

ZMC opened its doors with a kernel of an idea: the accelerating confluence of digital technology with media, communications and entertainment products and would be a source of extraordinary value creation. Over the course of the next seven years, the team invested $200M of equity with partners in seven investments.

2007
Take-Two Interactive

Affiliates of ZMC enter into a management agreement with the Board of Directors of publicly traded Take-Two Interaction (NASD: TTWO) to manage the interactive gaming company. The management of Take-Two Interactive continues to be a separate line of business for ZMC today.

2008
Fund I

Closed ZMC's first private equity fund, ZMC I, L.P., with approximately $150M of committed capital.

2015
Fund II

Closed ZMC's second private equity fund, ZMC II L.P., with $415M of committed capital.

2019
Fund III

Closed ZMC's third private equity fund, ZMC III L.P., with $775M of committed capital.

Approach

When private equity investors are asked who their customers are, the answer is typically their investors. We take a more nuanced approach.

First, we prioritize the customers who buy the products and services our companies provide. Why? If we don't make a great product or service and offer it at a fair value, there is no reason for the company to be in business. Second in line are the employees who work at our portfolio companies. If we don't support them and make sure they are happy, how can they effectively operate the companies providing the goods and services that delight our customers? The third priority are our investors, who entrust us with their capital and for whom we act as fiduciaries to deliver high risk-adjusted returns. As for ourselves, we are last in line.

Philosophy & Principles of Partnership

ZMC’s investment philosophy is one of passion and partnership. We have great conviction for our investments and work closely with our portfolio companies. Our Principles of Partnership are just a few reasons why owners and entrepreneurs seek to work with ZMC.

Respect. Based on our own operating experience, we have great deference to what management teams do on a daily basis.
Respect. Based on our own operating experience, we have great deference to what management teams do on a daily basis.
Of Service. Any engagement with our companies should be adding value.
Of Service. Any engagement with our companies should be adding value.
The Weekly. We take a customized approach towards valuation creation initiatives and will connect at a minimum on a weekly basis to advance projects.
The Weekly. We take a customized approach towards valuation creation initiatives and will connect at a minimum on a weekly basis to advance projects.
Deliver The Firm. Every portfolio company has access to ZMC's full mindshare.
Deliver The Firm. Every portfolio company has access to ZMC's full mindshare.
Accountability. ZMC is accountable to our portfolio companies for delivering on objectives and ZMC-assigned responsibilities.
Accountability. ZMC is accountable to our portfolio companies for delivering on objectives and ZMC-assigned responsibilities.