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GP Bullhound advises Gleam Futures on investment from Dentsu Aegis Network

London, 19 June 2017 – GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to GLEAM FUTURES on an investment from DENTSU AEGIS NETWORK

Gleam Futures, the global leader in digital-first talent management based in London, has secured investment from Dentsu Aegis Network, the global media group specialised in media, digital services and creative communications.

Dentsu Aegis Network is an international media and digital marketing group which offers products and services across marketing strategy, creative, mobile, SEO, content and analytics through its ten global network brands.

The strategic partnership will see the two companies work together to enhance Gleam Futures’ global offering and create key growth opportunities through Dentsu Aegis Network’s entertainment content division, The Story Lab.

Dominic Smales CEO and Founder, Gleam Futures said: ”I am hugely excited to begin the next chapter in our evolution with Dentsu Aegis Network. We will continue to develop the careers of our entire roster by helping them build their intellectual property and providing access to global opportunities and increased international resource. GP Bullhound were a great advisory partner for us, showing strong commitment and deep expertise in the digital media space throughout the process.”

Chris Graves, Director at GP Bullhound commented: “GP Bullhound is delighted to have advised Gleam Futures on this strategic investment from DAN. Gleam is a market leader in the digital-first talent space and Dom is a real pioneer in this rapidly developing segment of digital media. With support from DAN’s global network we believe Gleam is perfectly positioned to become the key global brand in digital talent management.”

The transaction represents GP Bullhound’s 14th deal in the Digital Media and Marketing sector in the last 18 months, following on from recent successful transactions including those completed for clients such as The Cocktail, Splash Damage, Playdemic, Sequence, Innogames, Karmarama, Media Partisans and Stickyeyes.

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About GP Bullhound
GP Bullhound is a leading technology merchant bank, providing transaction advice and capital to the best entrepreneurs and founders in Europe and beyond. Founded in 1999, the firm today has offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester, Paris and Hong Kong. The firm’s advisory team has completed over 240 M&A and Capital transactions to date, working with category leaders including Essence, Avito, Delivery Hero, Fjord, King Digital Entertainment, Pingdom, Innogames, Spotify and many more. Through its principal investment team, GP Bullhound provides institutions, family offices and entrepreneurs with access to some of the most ambitious privately-held technology and media companies in Europe. The firm’s events and speaking activities bring together thousands of Europe’s leading digital entrepreneurs and technology investors throughout the year, and its thought-leading research is read by decision makers globally, and regularly cited in leading newspapers and publications. For more information, please visit, or follow on Twitter @GPBullhound

About Gleam Futures
Founded in 2010 and headquartered in London, Gleam Futures has offices in Los Angeles and Sydney and represents more than 40 of the world’s most prominent digital-first talent. Its roster features the stars behind more than half of the top 10 talent-led YouTube channels, such as Jim Chapman, Tanya Burr and Pixiwoo, who reach more than 55 million subscribers.