John Cabell

Senior Advisor

Joined DeSilva+Phillips in 2017.

John is the Founder and CEO of Boulder (Colorado)-based Cue Ball LLC, advisors and brokers to the global publishing, media, marketing and entertainment industries. Cue Ball’s core practice is the brokerage and development of cross-border media through licenses, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and strategic partnerships. The group has worked with 124 clients in 23 countries and brokered more than 500 deals since its inception in 1997. Clients include large diversified enterprises such as Bloomberg, BBC Worldwide, Meredith, American Express, Bonnier, Gruner + Jahr, Pearson, Ringier, Newsweek, Hachette Filipacchi, Playboy, Editora Abril, and Hubert Burda Media … specialist publishers such as Active Interest Media, L’Equipe, Hanley Wood, Time Out Group, Wenner Media, Harvard, MIT, Primedia, Outside, TV Guide, The Economist, Surface, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Mansueto Ventures, Smithsonian, and Future … and pure-play digital media such as BusinessInsider, Allrecipes, genConnect, and TheDailyBeast. Cue Ball has also worked as an M&A advisor to clients and investment banks; more recently, it is working on angel and venture capital fund-raising with early- and growth-stage companies.

John Cabell and his business partner, Mike Greehan, are co-authors of the International Magazine Media Handbook published by the Federation of the International Periodical Press (FIPP).

Prior to founding Cue Ball, Mr. Cabell was the Publishing Director of Women’s Sports at Sports & Fitness Publishing. From 1991 – 1995, he was the Director of International Development for Rodale Inc., the world’s leading publisher of health and fitness media. Mr. Cabell began his media career in 1977 as an account executive for MCA-owned New Times Magazine. From then until 1991, he served in various sales, marketing and management positions for Ziff Davis, CBS and Rodale.

B.A., Princeton University

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