Fears of a credit crunch have put a chill on fresh private equity activity, while several pending deals are thought to be in trouble
. But there are still signs of life in some parts of the industry. There continues to be strong interest in medium-sized media deals
, as funds that specialize in this area continue to raise money and make moves. Considering the challenges facing many media companies, it makes sense that private equity investors would think there's an opportunity to pick up assets at a bargain, reformulating them into something of more value. Obviously, the private equity industry isn't going to grind to a halt. Deals that are predicated on nothing more than cheap credit will become rare, but investors will always be on the hunt for undervalued companies that can be turned around.