Steven Blume is the co-founder, chief operations officer and chief financial officer of Content Partners, LLC, which is a first-of-its kind entity that provides liquidity to owners of royalties and other passive profit participations in film, television, music, and other entertainment industry projects. Both an investment fund and asset management company, Content Partners has created a unique market that offers maximum, immediate financial security to clients — including individuals, partnerships, estates and corporations — while Content Partners assumes the future risks and rewards of their cash flows in an uncertain economic environment.
From 1997 through 2005, Blume served as CFO of Brillstein-Grey Management, a prestigious talent management company with television and film production units. The company managed the careers of many of the entertainment industry's most recognizable personalities, including Nicolas Cage, Courteney Cox, Bill Maher, Lorne Michaels, Dennis Miller, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler and David Spade. Brillstein-Grey also produced a number of popular television programs, including Politically Incorrect, Just Shoot Me, Newsradio and The Sopranos.
Previously, Blume was a partner and CFO of Solomon International Enterprises, an international television distribution and investment company. While at Solomon, he traveled the world assembling international television assets in Europe, Latin America and India.
Earlier in his career, Blume was senior vice president of finance for Largo Entertainment, a feature film production, financing and distribution joint venture between Larry Gordon and JVC of Japan, where he helped raise a $75 million bank syndicate lead by Chemical Bank. Blume also served as CFO of Hemdale Film Corporation, where during his tenure, the company produced and financed such films as The Terminator, Hoosiers and back-to-back Academy Award best picture winners, Platoon and The Last Emperor.
A certified public accountant, Blume began his career in the tax department of Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young), where he handled business and tax matters for many entertainment clients, including Fleetwood Mac and Johnny Carson. For 11 years, Blume taught a comprehensive, 14-week graduate-level course in film finance and economics at USC School of Cinematic Arts. He teaches a similar course at UCLA TFT. Blume is a highly sought-after speaker at entertainment industry conferences. He authored a chapter about revenue streams in Jason E. Squire’s The Movie Business Book, currently in its third edition.
Blume earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting from California State University, Northridge.