Stephan Paternot is a Co-Founder of PalmStar alongside Frakes and Taylor. Stephan is currently co-founder & CEO of Slated, an online entertainment industry marketplace that enables introductions to projects, talent, financing and sales. Stephan is also the founder and general partner of the Actarus Funds. Founded in 2002, these angel funds have backed such companies as LendingClub, SecondMarket, Indiegogo, AngelList and many more. Prior to this, he cofounded one of the first Internet community sites, theglobe.com in 1994. The company set stock market history when it went public in 1998 with a record setting IPO pushing the company valuation to over $1 Billion. Over a six-year span the company grew to over 300 employees with the website becoming one of the top thirty most trafficked sites in the world with nearly 10% of all internet users visiting the site monthly. In 1999 Stephan won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and in 2001 published "A Very Public Offering", a non-fiction business book detailing his experience at theglobe.com. Before founding the company, Stephan attended Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Stephan grew up in Switzerland and the United Kingdom before attending college in the United States. Beyond his duties at the Actarus Funds, Stephan sits on the board of the Heineman Foundation, based in New York, and on the board of it's sister organization the Heineman-Stiftung, based in Berlin. The aims of the foundations are to give financial support to educational, artistic, cause based and scientific non-profit institutions. Stephan resides in Los Angeles.
Mark Patricof is an American businessman and entrepreneur. Considered a digital media pioneer, tech investor, and seasoned investment banker, he has advised on and invested in a wide range of leading traditional and digital media and entertainment companies and transactions. Patricof is the founder of Patricof Co, a highly specialized private investment platform designed to meet the unique business needs and opportunities of professional athletes. The firm is backed by J.P. Morgan Private Equity Group (PEG), one of the longest-standing and most successful private equity firms in the industry with over $24 billion in assets under management. The Patricof Co investing platform, in conjunction with PEG, provides flexible capital to co-invest alongside clients in later stage growth equity and private equity transactions, while the firm’s advisory platform gives sports professionals a competitive edge in private investing by augmenting their ability to evaluate, structure, negotiate and ultimately exit individual principal investments. Previously, Patricof served as Co-Head of the TMT (Technology, Media, Telecom) practice at Houlihan Lokey, a publicly-traded global investment bank to whom he sold his previous firm, MESA Global. While at Houlihan Lokey, Patricof’s notable transactions include advising on the highly publicized sale of Gawker Media to Univision at a bankruptcy auction for a staggering $135 million and the sale of the iconic concert venue Webster Hall to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. Prior to Houlihan, Patricof co-founded MESA, a boutique investment bank focused on providing M&A advisory, private placement, and structured finance services to high-growth companies across the media and entertainment landscape. Core areas of focus included film, television, music, sports, live entertainment and digital media, including key verticals such as games, interactive, advertising, and e-commerce. MESA advised on over 80 transactions including some of the most notable deals in the sector: Colony Capital’s acquisition of Miramax, the sale of Songza to Google, the sale of Indiagames to Disney, structured finance transactions for Relativity and IMAX, and equity financings for Blue Man Group and FanDuel. Additionally, MESA advised multiple global corporations, including Discovery Channel, Time Inc., and Viacom. In 2012, Patricof launched MESA Ventures, an early-stage venture fund focused on e-commerce, advertising technology, and digital content. The fund, which invested in Seed and Series A rounds alongside established and top-tier early-stage VC firms, combined a unique data-driven ranking system with a co-investment strategy, thus creating the first “indexing” approach to seed-stage investing. Patricof was a co-founder of <kpe>, an incubator/digital studio that financed, designed, and built businesses for media and entertainment industry clients such as the BBC, CBS, Disney, Hearst and Viacom. Patricof served as President and CEO of the company until it was sold to Omnicom. Patricof began his career with a six-year stint at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles, where he started in the agency’s famed mail room. Patricof graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He then attended the University of Southern California’s Master of Film Studies program. Patricof is a member of the board of directors of the Hornblower Cruises and NEP Broadcasting; he formerly served on the board of the New York Economic Development Corporation. He also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Crestview Partners. Patricof currently serves as Chairman of the Board for New Heights, a non-profit organization based in New York City whose stated mission is to “inspire inner-city youth to be leaders, champions and student-athletes and empower them to be successful in high school, college and life.”
SB Projects. LLC
Scott ''Scooter'' Braun has strategically positioned SB Projects as one of the most exciting, and fastest-growing, companies in the entertainment industry. With the unprecedented success of clients such as Justin Bieber, Asher Roth, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted and Cody Simpson, Scooter is widely considered one of the music industry’s most promising and powerful young executives. If Scooter Braun’s career ended today, he would have earned more accolades and success than most entrepreneurs twice his age. However, Scooter is just getting started and always operates with an underdog mentality. Scooter’s gifts for recognizing talent, working tirelessly to help his clients achieve worldwide success, and brokering extraordinary deals with strategic partners and brands are quickly becoming the entertainment industry’s worst-kept secrets. Scooter is also an active philanthropist who is always searching for deals that involve charitable, give-back components. He serves on the Advisory Board for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization founded by his brother Adam that builds schools in the developing world.
Judy Goss. Inc.
Judy Goss founded the nationwide networking organization What Women Want Networking and as a TV Correspondent Judy interviewed former first lady Laura Bush in a private sitdown and other notable women such as Barbara Corcoran, Nora Ephron, Jean Chatzky and others. She has also been on countless regional and national TV network shows traveling across the country as a ''Trend and Lifestyle Expert.'' Judy also hosted ''Women Power'' for NewsButterfly TV that aired on Time Warner cable, and recently was the TV Correspondent for More Magazine's Reinvention Convention for nationally acclaimed Better TV as well as ''City Buzz,'' ''The Cooking Show'' for McCormick and a live, virtual roundtable discussion for Playtex Bottles with world renowned pediatricians. As the author of ''Break Into Modeling for Under $20'' published by St. Martin's Press, Judy achieved national press and acclaim for her book being touted as the ''go-to guide'' for anyone wanting to venture into the modeling industry. After a successful career in the entertainment world as a high fashion model for Ford Models in New York City (where she traveled extensively around the world appearing in worldwide campaigns such as Armani, L'oreal and Nivea), Judy left modeling to work for an advertising agency. She created the position of casting director/producer at a prestigious advertising agency in New York City, Hershey Communications (clients included Bloomingdale's, Dillard's and Espirit), which then led to her to become a highly regarded model agent at two of the world's leading modeling agencies, New York Models and Ford NY. Working as a modeling agent led Judy to become an editor for Cosmopolitan and then More Magazine. After only two months with More, Judy was selected to be their national media spokeswoman, bringing her back to the entertainment industry as a TV host. Judy is on the advisory board for StopCAIDNow as a Media/Marketing advisor and is a certified volunteer for the New York chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and lives with her husband and twin girls in New York.