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Venable represented Acorn Media Group, Inc. a suburban Washington, D.C.-based media company with offices in the US, UK and Australia (“Acorn”), in connection with its acquisition by RLJ Acquisition, Inc. (“RLJ Acquisition”) on October 3, 2012 by RLJ Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company. RLJ Acquisition acquired both Acorn and Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: DISK), to create RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASD: RLJE), one of the largest independent global distributors of digital and video content.

Sharon Kroupa, Carmen Fonda, Uyen Pham, Joe Walker, and Mike Sheehan represented Acorn in structuring, negotiating and closing the transaction. Mark Vecchio, Evette Stair, Todd Gustin, Brian O’Connor, Chris Davidson, Walter Calvert, Harry Atlas, Jessica Kuester and Erin Warren also assisted with the transaction.

Prior to its acquisition, Acorn was a leading independent media company operating on three continents and is the leading distributor of British television programming to consumers in North America.