Database of Media Investors

Find investors who focus on media, entertainment, & gaming.
Below is a list of investment firms and angel investors who include media, entertainment, and/or gaming companies in their core focus. I compiled this information from their websites, press coverage, and–in many cases–personal interaction with them.

It’s an interactive Airtable database.

Thanks to all those on my Monetizing Media email list who contributed and/or who confirmed their information is accurate. Contact me (Eric Peckham) by email with suggestions or edits.

Here are some of the leading investors to track if you’re leading a new/growing company in the media, entertainment, & gaming realm:

  • 3L Capital: new growth VC fund split between NYC and LA, led by Shawn Colo and Dave Leyrer.
  • 6721 Capital: new fund that’s a joint venture between Casey Wasserman and leading boutique i-bank CODE Advisors.
  • Advancit Capital: NYC-based early stage VC fund run day-to-day by Jason Ostheimer, with Shari Redstone (controlling shareholder of CBS and Viacom) as other partner.
  • BDMI: the US/Europe investment arm of Bertelsmann, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world. Led by Urs Cete and based in NYC. Focused on early stage startups and fund investments.
  • Bedrock Capital: new Series A and B fund in NYC by former Founders Fund partner Geoff Lewis and Oyster founder Eric Stromberg. Focus is finding contrarian bets (“narrative violation”), which has included several media startups.
  • betaworks Ventures: seed VC arm of startup studio betaworks. Based in NYC and led by Matt Hartman.
  • BITKRAFT Esports Ventures: dedicated esports VC fund led by serial entrepreneur Jens Hilgers. Appears to be based in Berlin and LA.
  • Bose Ventures: new corporate VC arm of Bose, focused on audio- / voice-related startups. Boston based.
  • Brighteye Ventures: Paris-based media and education VC fund led by Alex Spiro and Benoit Wirz. Focused on seed/early stage.
  • Bryant Stibel: LA-based VC firm led by retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and former Dun & Bradstreet CEO Jeff Stibel. Focused on (later) early-stage and growth stage startups.
  • CAA Ventures: LA-based early stage VC arm of global talent agency CAA. Led by Michael Yanover.
  • CASSIUS Family: new early-stage fund of longtime Coca-Cola marketing executive Emmanuel Seuge, operating between Atlanta, Paris, and NYC.
  • Causeway Media Partners: Boston-based firm focused on startups related to sports. Founding partner Wyc Grousbeck owns the Boston Celtics NBA team.
  • The Chernin Group: multi-pronged investment firm in LA/SF led by former News Corp COO Peter Chernin. Looks at deals across every stage and check size.
  • Comcast Ventures: early stage VC arm of telecom/media giant Comcast
  • Courtside Ventures: early stage VC in NYC (and Detroit) writing $250K-$1.5M checks in media, entertainment, & sports realm. Led by Deepen Parikh.
  • Cross Culture Ventures: LA-based early stage fund of music industry exec Troy Carter and longtime VC Marlon Nichols, focused on broad range of startups at intersection of culture and tech.
  • Deep Space Ventures: dedicated esports VC fund led by Stephen Hays in Dallas. Seed-stage.
  • Emerson Collective: Laurene Powell Jobs’ multi-billion dollar vehicle for both charitable and for-profit activities is quite active in media & entertainment. Early stage, growth, buyouts, and fund investments.
  • Endeavor (+ WME Ventures): global talent agency and entertainment holding company Endeavor is active investor and acquirer of entertainment startups.
  • Evolution Media Capital: growth-stage fund in LA affiliated with TPG, CAA, and Participant Media.
  • Ferttita Capital: family office of UFC founders, based in LA and Las Vegas, generally growth-stage focused.
  • Five Four Ventures: new early stage VC fund & startup studio in NYC and SF. Founded by David Birnbaum, who previously ran the (active) VC activities of Broadway Video (Lorne Michaels’ production co).
  • Founders Fund: famous global VC firm doing seed through pre-IPO stage. Cyan Banister has led numerous investments related to the future of entertainment. Napoleon Ha backed sports publication The Athletic.
  • Freelands Ventures: London- and LA-based investment fund of Elisabeth Murdoch that flies under the radar. Tom Wright is managing partner.
  • Greycroft Partners: longstanding NYC- and LA-based VC firm focused on media and e-commerce. Typically invests at Series A or B.
  • Greylock Ventures: famous VC firm in SF that has been very active investor in social media startups, although the partner who led much of that (Josh Elman) has stepped back.
  • GV (fka Google Ventures): MG Siegler (a former TechCrunch reporter) and David Krane have led media-related investments at GV. Series A-C typically.
  • Hearst Ventures: active corporate VC arm of publishing/TV conglomerate Hearst. Led by Scott English in NYC.
  • Hummingbird Ventures: London-based seed fund (with Istanbul arm) active in gaming and interactive entertainment space.
  • Index Ventures: top SF- and London-based VC firm investing at Series A and later that’s active in gaming, entertainment, and social media.
  • Initial Capital: London-based seed fund focused on gaming and interactive media.
  • LDV Capital: seed fund of Evan Nisselson focused on technical founders building products related to visual data / computer vision / AR (across industries).
  • Lerer Hippeau Ventures: leading NYC-based seed fund that has been a top investor in digital publishing startups. Founding partners Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau ran The Huffington Post and helped start BuzzFeed.
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners: leading early- and growth-stage VC firm in SF (with a China arm). Jeremy Liew and Alex Taussig focus on the future of entertainment.
  • LionTree Advisors: leading TMT merchant bank in NYC and SF making regular startup investments across stages.
  • M Ventures: early stage investing arm of MACRO, a well-financed new production company in Hollywood led by Charles King. Mike Palank is the fund’s Managing Director.
  • Makers Fund: new $200M fund for interactive media / gaming related startups. Led by Jay Chi and Michael Cheung who operate between SF, Hong Kong, & London.
  • MTG (Modern Times Group): Stockholm-based media conglomerate heavily focused on esports. Makes startup investments.
  • Naspers Ventures: corporate venture arm of South African conglomerate Naspers that morphed from a newspaper company into an e-commerce investment giant (after a $35M investment in Tencent turned into $15B).
  • Next 10 Ventures: new $50M investment fund and startup studio based in LA and Singapore, focused on the market of independent creators / YouTubers. Led by Ben Grubbs and Paul Condolora.
  • Northzone: top European early-stage VC best known for its Spotify investment. Partners Pär-Jörgen “PJ” Pärson (NYC), Paul Murphy (London), and Marta Sjögren (Stockholm) are active across gaming and entertainment.
  • Raine Group: global merchant bank with VC, PE, and hedge funds focused on media & tech. Gordon Rubenstein in SF leads VC investments.
  • Rooks Next Ventures: London-based fund focused on £400k-1M investments in seed and Series A startups creating entertainment IP or applying new technology to the content world. Led by Michael Sackler of Rooks Nest Entertainment.
  • Saban Capital: PE firm in LA with deep history of entertainment investments, ranging from VC to buyouts of public companies.
  • Sapphire Sport: new early stage VC fund in SF by Sapphire Ventures writing $3-7M checks into sports & entertainment startups.
  • Sequoia Capital: partners Stephanie Zhan and Jess Lee have been investing in entertainment related startups at Sequoia, one of Silicon Valley’s most famous early- and growth-stage VC firms.
  • Shamrock Capital: growth equity firm in LA focused on entertainment, adtech, etc. Investing in companies and acquiring IP.
  • Sinai Ventures: new early stage VC firm in LA and SF led by Jordan Fudge that has made several entertainment and interactive media investments.
  • SPH Ventures: the corporate VC arm of Singapore Press Holdings, investing in early stage media and commerce startups in Asia and the US.
  • Steadfast Venture Capital: VC arm of hedge fund that is actively investing in entertainment, with particular interest in podcasting. Led by David Ambrose in NYC.
  • Sweet Capital: London based early stage firm funded by the founders of King.com and run by Christian Dörffer. Focused on consumer-facing, mobile-first startups.
  • Tencent: Asia’s largest tech company — which plays a central role essentially every media format in China — is an active investor around the world in entertainment/gaming startups at all stages. It has an investment team in SF, in addition to Shenzhen and elsewhere.
  • Waverly Capital: new SF and NYC based VC firm led by Daniel Leff (who ran Luminari Capital and billionaire Edgar Bronfman Jr., focused on media & entertainment.
  • WndrCo.: investment holding company in Beverly Hills led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and other partners, investing in entertainment startups and incubating its own (like Quibi, which it’s raising $2B for).
  • Ziff Capital Partners: family office in NYC making growth stage investments with an active interest in media & entertainment.