Mark Curcio
Vice Chairman

Over the past decade, Mark Curcio has worked on numerous assignments as an advisor, principal investor, senior executive and board member. Since 2001, he has been engaged by Bain Capital on multiple long term assignments (Unisource and DIC), as well as short term diligence projects (Golden Books bid, Panavision Investment), TPG (Senior Industry Advisor on the CAA and MGM deals), Golden Gate Capital (Herbalife, AFI bid) and other PE and hedge funds including Canyon, Providence, Oaktree, Elliot and Altamont. He has also helped Bain and Company on numerous client assignments for their Media and Entertainment Practice as their Industry Expert. He has also at times assumed short-term interim operating roles on personal principal investments when necessary (Goldhil Entertainment). He is currently the Advising Executive for Business and Strategy Development and Advisory Board Member for Magic Leap, a Florida based technology start up, who recently closed a significant A Round financing after a highly competitive process involving some of Silicon Valley’s premier VC’s. Up until earlier this year, he served for over 5 years as a board member for Spectra Science, Providence based Technology Company, as it grew and then went public on the AIM in July 2011. He is also currently involved in multiple advisory assignments in Media and Entertainment. He also is both a principle and advisor on a number of start-ups. From 1997 through late 2000, Curcio was the CEO of Artisan Entertainment; a Bain Capital financed company based on a strategy he developed for them as one of their first major investments into the Media and Entertainment Sector. It began as the acquisition of Live Entertainment from then majority shareholder Panasonic, with a plan to exploit specific market conditions and pursue an aggressive library acquisition program while restructuring core operations to build scale and efficiency. At the same time, employ a low risk, tightly controlled model for procuring a steady flow of high quality new product with an entirely new name/brand and management team. Bain Capital asked Curcio to leave Bain and Company to execute his plan as CEO after an executive search proved impossible. Under his watch, the company grew from $100m in revenue and losing money to over $450m in revenue and $40m of EBITDA in two years with no additional equity investment (multiple debt refinancing’s and off balance sheet structures). Artisan’s library of titles grew to be over 8,000 and included the Carolco (T2, Total Recall, Basic Instinct), Vestron (Dirty Dancing), Republic (It’s a Wonderful Life) libraries. Artisan was also releasing over 8 new movies a year that included The Blair Witch Project, Requiem for a Dream, Buena Vista Social Club, the Limey and many others during Curcio’s leadership. It also acquired the rights and minority stake in Baby Einstein before the company had $1m of revenue with an option to purchase the company. The new owners did not exercise the option in 2001 for $17m and it was sold to Disney (Disney values the company at$1B today). Bain’s stake in Artisan was sold in 1999 to two departing Partners as part of their exit packages for 4.5x’s their investment while all other investors stood still. Lionsgate acquired the company in 2001 yielding over 10x’s returns to the original investors.

Prior to Artisan, Curcio was one of the two founding Partners of Bain and Company’s Los Angeles office in 1995(over 150 people today) and was one of the original Partners in Bain’s Private Equity Practice (over 30% of their revenue today) with Jesse Rogers in San Francisco. His clients at Bain included CBS, John Deere, Sarah Lee, Alamo, Auto Nation, Bain Capital, TPG, McCown & De Leeuw, Princess Cruise Lines, Westinghouse, James River, General Signal and others. After business school in 1985, Curcio began his career at Bain and Company Boston, leaving in 1989 to join The Walt Disney Company in Corporate Strategy where he headed all the acquisitions and strategy development for the Studio Assets (Film, TV and Music). He left Disney in late 1991 and spent two years as a Partner at LEK Consulting (a Bain spin off) while Bain and Company was being restructured. He returned to work at Bain in 1993 in the San Francisco office before founding Bain Los Angeles in 1995. Curcio has an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. He is a Pittsburgh native and his entire family continues to live there. Curcio resides in Los Angeles.

Mark Curcio