NEW YORK, NY and LOS ANGELES, CA / ACCESSWIRE / May 15, 2019 / Dolphin Entertainment (NASDAQ: DLPN), a leading independent entertainment marketing and premium content production company, announces its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Q1 2019 and Recent Highlights
Total revenue increased 9% to $6,317,089 from $5,784,925 in the prior year.
Entertainment publicity and marketing revenue increased 14% to a record $6,238,099, compared to $5,455,733 in the prior year.
Operating loss of $(825,161), which included direct costs of $(1,187,419) and non-cash items from depreciation and amortization of $(481,642), compared to an operating loss of $(98,924), which included direct costs of $(571,336) and non-cash items from depreciation and amortization of $(371,181), in the prior year.
Net income was $122,608, compared to net income of $832,959 in the prior year, of which a substantial portion for both periods is attributable to a change in fair value of put rights.
42West and The Door both earned spots on the Observer's prestigious PR Power 50, a widely-respected ranking of the 50 top public relations firms in the nation.
42West represented numerous individuals and served in various capacities with 16 films that collectively earned a total of 47 Oscar nominations and won 8 Academy Awards in 2019.
The Door launched a consumer products division and added seasoned executive Nicole Lowe, Managing Director, to lead the new vertical.
Viewpoint Creative developed a new brand campaign for Investigation Discovery, America's #1 true crime network.
The Door celebrated clients Patrick O'Connell, Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, who won 2019 James Beard Foundation Awards.
Bill O'Dowd, CEO of Dolphin Entertainment, commented: '2019 is off to a great start, with our record-setting $6.2M of revenue from our core Entertainment Publicity and Marketing segment.'
Mr. O'Dowd continued, 'We are managing toward revenue growth in our unique 'Super Group' of best-in-class entertainment marketing companies, each of which contributed to our strong first quarter results. 42West had a very successful awards season. The Door launched a consumer products PR division which we are very excited about, and Viewpoint continued its leading work with television networks, developing a beautiful brand campaign for Investigation Discovery, America's #1 true crime network.'
Mr. O'Dowd concluded, 'In terms of continuing organic growth, we are focused on adding clients, cross-selling between subsidiaries and growing average revenue per client, especially with the video creation capabilities brought in through our Viewpoint acquisition. With respect to non-organic growth, we are committed to executing on current M&A opportunities to continue to build our 'Super Group' platform, with the goal of housing leading companies across all earned media marketing services to the entertainment and hospitality industries, which will clearly differentiate Dolphin, thereby increasing our value among clients, and resulting in higher revenue and accelerated growth.'
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About Dolphin Entertainment, Inc.
Dolphin Entertainment is a leading independent entertainment marketing and premium content development company. Through our subsidiaries 42West and The Door, we provide expert strategic marketing and publicity services to many of the top brands, both individual and corporate, in the entertainment and hospitality industries. The Door and 42West are both recognized global leaders in PR services for their respective industries. Dolphin's recent acquisition of Viewpoint Creative adds full-service creative branding and production capabilities to our marketing group. Dolphin's legacy content production business, founded by Emmy-nominated CEO Bill O'Dowd, has produced multiple feature films and award-winning digital series.
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