Archive for May, 2020

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In order to understand why companies succeed, it is important to understand why companies fail.

Please see webinar I did last week that was Sponsored by “Winston/Baker and Stanford presentation I did a couple of years ago.

Please see below a presentation below that I gave at Stanford University –  “Early Warning Signs” and “Maximizing Value” for under-performing/distressed venture and senior lender backed Intellectual Property companies”.  This will be for use in the Stanford Engineering and Business Schools via STVP (Stanford Technology Ventures Program) and SCPD (Stanford Center for Professional Devlopment)

through this link

Also, see Winston Baker’s Webcast on “Maximizing Enterprise Value in Challenging Times: Crisis Management and Communications Strategies” yesterday!

, please view the replay here and click on arrow

Winston Baker produces live and virtual events globally for the entertainment industry addressing strategies for finance, strategy and innovation.

In particular, Winston Baker is the leading producer of film finance conferences, successfully creating and organizing the Film Finance Forum ® Series and hosting sold out conferences across the US, Europe, Pacific Asia, China, and Latin America. At each event, Winston Baker brings together the most seasoned and successful entertainment executives and financiers to address current trends within the film business.

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A member of our family passed on today.  VeVe was the beloved French Mastif of our grandson and family.

She was loving, strong and a protector of the family.  She was family, a friend and a loved one.

She recently was diagnosed with Cancer and the suffering became worse this past week.

We remember her with love, respect and a member of our family.

We toast her memory with the knowledge that she is at peace and that she will be in our hearts and minds forever.


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Good afternoon – due to some technical challenges the presentation is being moved to ZOOM – please register or if you already registered (need to do again) at http://www.winstonbaker.com/crisis-management. You will then receive the ZOOM url.  Thanks and Don and I look forward to your participation.

Please join Steven Gerbman of Gerbsman Partners and Don Milddleberg for a webinar on “Maximizing Enterprise Value in Challenging Times”.  This is presented by Winston/Baker, “the leading entertainment finance conference producer in the world”.  You can register at http://www.winstonbaker.com/crisis-management.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts”.  — Winston Churchill

There has never been a more appropriate time to think of Sir Winston’s words. For our next webinar, we have invited Steven Gerbsman, a top crisis management advisor and Don Middleberg, one of the nation’s leading public relations executives to help corporate executives, business leaders, company stakeholders and investors develop and implement crisis management and communication plans. We have never seen a financial crisis where uncertainty is greater than it is now. Enterprises will take a major economic hit, but none of us know how large or when it will be, where it will hurt most, or how long it will last. That uncertainty is causing businesses to “freeze” their decision-making. “Freezing in place” will worsen financial and human outcomes and may even be fatal for some businesses. Through this webinar, our speakers will provide:

  • Executives insight on how to plan for worst case scenarios and take a closer look at contingent expenses, revenue prospects, liabilities, and lender issues.
  • Investors, board members, senior management and lenders strategies for developing a plan to maximize and monetize enterprise value for under-performing, under-capitalized and distressed companies.
  • Ways to communicate and navigate messaging across all channels.

Plans will change as new information emerges, but implementing a crisis and communications planning process immediately is vital, as it drives stakeholders to face hard realities and to take key actions early.


Steven R. Gerbsman is an internationally recognized Crisis/Turnaround CEO/Restructuring Professional, Private Investment Banker and Angel Investor who has been involved in maximizing enterprise value, stakeholder and shareholder value in a broad variety of industries. He has worked with a wide spectrum of senior and junior lenders, bondholder groups, venture capital and private equity sources, private investors and institutional groups.

Mr. Gerbsman has over 50 years of senior management, marketing, sales and finance experience and has been involved in various business and investment ventures as an office, director, consultant and investor, both in the US and internationally. He has been in the business of maximizing enterprise value for highly leveraged, under-valued, under-performing and under-capitalized technology, digital marketing, life science, medical device, cyber security, fuel cell and solar energy companies and their Intellectual Property, as well as assisting technology, digital marketing, cyber security and medical device Intellectual Property companies with access to capital markets, strategic alliances, M&A, distribution of content and licensing.

To date, Mr. Gerbsman has been involved in over $2.3 billion of restructuring, financing and M&A transactions, terminating/restructuring in excess of $810 million of real estate, sub-debt and equipment lease executory contracts and since 2001, has maximized enterprise value for over 105 companies and their Intellectual Property. In 2000, he also began focusing on Israeli and European technology and life science companies, with the objective of providing access to the US capital markets and developing strategic alliances, M&A and licensing opportunities for them.


Don Middleberg is regarded as one of the nation’s leading public relations executives, renowned for developing some of the most creative and powerful communications programs for such companies as American Express, Consumer Reports, Gartner, IBM, Reuters, and United Airlines.

Middleberg and Associates, founded in 1989, was named “Best PR Agency of the Year” in 1999. In 2000, the company became Euro RSCG Middleberg when it was acquired by Euro RSCG, the communications division of Havas, the world’s sixth-largest communications group.

In 2009 Don Middleberg merged his second agency, Middleberg Communications, with Laundry Service, a digital marketing agency. Within six years the firm grew from 3 employees to over 600 in 4 countries and was named to Ad Age’s 10 Best Digital Agencies. In 2016 Middleberg sold this agency to Wasserman Group. Don is currently providing marketing communications consulting for several organizations in consumer technology and B2B.

A noted author and lecturer on public relations, Don, together with Professor Steve Ross of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, co-authored the groundbreaking study, “The Media in Cyberspace.” Don is regularly called upon for commentary by numerous magazines and newspapers, and has appeared on CNBC, C/Net, CNN, and National Public Radio.

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