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EFA Partners Serves as Exclusive Sell-Side Advisor for Sale of JumpZone Franchising

November 13, 2017

Sale includes corporate venue in the Chicago market and 17 franchise locations throughout the U.S.

New York, NY (November 2017) – EFA Partners, a boutique financial advisory firm focused on arranging capital and providing investment banking and strategic consulting services for entertainment, media and technology companies, announced that it served as the exclusive sell-side advisor to arrange the sale of JumpZone Franchising, a leading family entertainment center company with venues that feature massive inflatable play structures, to Greg Wolf, an entrepreneur who is a franchisee of two Sky High Sports Trampoline Parks.

JumpZone, founded in 2004, has been owned and expanded by Derek Rolison for the past 3 years. The company is comprised of its flagship corporate venue in Niles, IL, a suburb of Chicago, and 17 franchise venues located in 9 states throughout the U.S. Each venue is targeted toward families with younger children and features massive inflatable play structures such as obstacle courses, slides and bounce houses. JumpZone is an excellent option for birthday parties and other children’s events and reservations can be completed online via the company’s proprietary software system.

“I selected EFA Partners because of their years of experience and relationships in the family entertainment center sector,” stated Derek Rolison. “Their industry contacts provided them the ability to quickly reach out to many prospective buyers and their deep understanding of the industry allowed them to easily convey the value and growth potential of the JumpZone business.”

EFA’s founders collectively have over 75 years of experience in providing financial solutions for entertainment and media companies, including mergers and acquisitions, capital placement, and advisory services. EFA’s approach for JumpZone took the sale process from start to finish. This included preparing presentation materials, approaching over 30 prospective buyers ranging from smaller entertainment businesses to large companies in the industry, negotiating sale terms, reviewing closing documentation, and assisting in all aspects of the sale through to closing.

“It has been a pleasure working with Derek throughout the sale process,” stated Ralph Willis, Managing Partner and one of the founders of EFA Partners. “He’s continued to build a wonderful platform of family entertainment centers targeted toward children and the business is now poised for further growth as prospective franchisees will understand the value of the JumpZone brand.”

About EFA Partners

EFA Partners is a boutique financial advisory firm that provides investment banking services focused on capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and financial consulting services for entertainment, media and technology companies. Since its inception in 2009, EFA has been retained by over 125 clients, having arranged and advised on over $3.5 billion of financings in its targeted sectors, including advising and closing numerous acquisition transactions. EFA has a wealth of relationships from which to source capital including local and regional banks, national and international banks, specialty finance groups, equipment financiers, providers of mezzanine debt and private equity groups.

About JumpZone Franchising

JumpZone was formed in 2004 and is based in the Chicago suburb of Niles, IL where it has its corporate owned venue. The company also has 17 franchise venues located in 9 states throughout the U.S. with many more planned. Each JumpZone location provides children with an indoor playground where they can climb, slide, jump, race, and play with their friends and parents. The venues utilize a pay-one-price model so that once admission is paid, all activities are included such as the Inflatables, sports games, and toddler play areas. The company continues to grow with an expanding list of prospective franchisees currently reviewing the business. To learn more visit www.JumpZoneParty.com.

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start quoteWe selected EFA as our advisor due to their financial experience specific to the film and television services sector. The past year has been tremendous for us as we significantly grew our business with EFA arranging financing that allowed us to execute on our growth plans very quicklyend quote

John Suh
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start quoteThe EFA team proposed a creative strategy to recapitalize Modern VideoFilm that met our needs in a way that was unique and different from what other financial advisory firms proposed to us. We appreciated their understanding of the entertainment industry and EFA's extensive financial relationships and we look forward to continuing our relationship. end quote

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start quoteWe are acutely aware of the trends that are transforming the local broadcast TV business and have recently begun to explore opportunities to acquire stations. We are very excited about the prospects for the industry and the opportunities to capitalize upon. We are also pleased to have EFA Partners as our financial advisor as their many years of media industry experience and extensive financial relationships will help us accomplish our goal of building a best-in-class station group.

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David Tynan,
CEO of Huntington Broadcast Management Group

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