C.W. Downer & Co. Advises Los Angeles, CA-based Educational Holdings on its Sale to General Word Ventures

BOSTON, September 2, 2014 – C.W. Downer & Co., a leading global middle-market investment bank, is pleased to announce that Educational Holdings LLC (DBA Zula) of Los Angeles, California, an early-education Curriculum-as-a-Service (CaaS) innovator, has been acquired by General Word Ventures, LLC (DBA WordWorld) of New York, New York. The sale closed on August 21, 2014 and financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Zula creates multi-media educational products that promote science and math education, as well as reading literacy, for children in pre-kindergarten through the third grade. Zula’s comprehensive CaaS content sparks the innate curiosity and desire of its learning audience. Zula engages children in fun and immersive experiences, allowing them to absorb a comprehensive curriculum that addresses the national call for early science, math, and reading literacy education.

WordWorld is a multi-platform children’s entertainment and education company targeting an audience of pre-readers between two and six years of age. Funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Education, WordWorld produces an Emmy Award-winning hit global television series, digital gaming content, and related customer products that target a gap in the literacy marketplace between letter acquisition and advanced reading products called “wordbuilding.” WordWorld is positioned to be the premier brand for getting children in the United States ready to read in time for school and to be an English Language Learning (“ELL”) leader in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

“The world is crying out for high-quality early education, and early exposure and intervention has proven most effective in driving positive learning outcomes for children,” said Chuck DelGrande, Managing Director and Technology, Media, and Interactive Services Group Head at C.W. Downer & Co. “Zula and WordWorld already share common goals, related IP and devoted followers of their hit television series. Add the growing curriculum and distinctive competencies of each firm to this merger and the result is a winning transaction for both organizations,” DelGrande concluded.

Chuck DelGrande (Managing Director), Jonathan Roth (Director), and Michael Mizrahi (Associate) advised Zula and its shareholders on the business’ restructuring in 2013 and subsequent sale to WordWorld following a competitive sale process.

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