Database of Media Investors

Find investors who focus on media, entertainment, & gaming startups. Below is a list of venture capital firms who have partners actively interested in funding media, entertainment, and/or gaming startups. I compiled this information from their websites, press coverage, and my personal interactions with them. Contact me (Eric Peckham) by email with additions or edits.

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Here are some of the leading investors to track if you’re a startup founder in the media, entertainment, & gaming realm:

  • Advancit Capital: NYC-based early stage VC fund run day-to-day by Jason Ostheimer, with Shari Redstone (controlling shareholder of ViacomCBS) 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.
  • Benchmark: arguably tied with Sequoia as the most iconic generalist VC firm in the world. Benchmark has made big bets in social media and in gaming. Mitch Lasky, a former gaming exec who led numerous gaming deals, recently stepped down but Peter Fenton has also led a gaming deal.
  • betaworks Ventures: seed VC arm of startup studio betaworks. Lots of interactive media apps. Led by Matt Hartman (NYC) and Peter Rojas (SF).
  • Bitkraft Esports Ventures: dedicated gaming & esports VC fund led by serial entrepreneur Jens Hilgers. Based in Berlin and LA.
  • Bose Ventures: new corporate VC arm of Bose, focused on audio- / voice-related startups. Boston based.
  • 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.
  • Cobalt Capital: growth-stage fund in LA focused on media, entertainment, gaming, & sports. Led by Rick Hess and Dan Abrams. (formerly known as TPG’s Evolution Media Capital)
  • Comcast Ventures: early stage VC arm of telecom/media giant Comcast.
  • Connect Ventures: a new $100M early stage VC fund created as joint venture between talent agency CAA and VC firm NEA.
  • Courtside Ventures: early stage VC in NYC (and Detroit) writing $250K-$1.5M checks in media, entertainment, & sports realm. Led by Deepen Parikh.
  • Endeavor (+ WME Ventures): global talent agency and entertainment holding company Endeavor is active investor and acquirer of entertainment startups.
  • Founders Fund: famous global VC firm doing seed through pre-IPO stage. Napoleon Ha backed sports publication The Athletic. Cyan Banister, who led numerous early stage investments related to the future of entertainment, recently stepped down to focus on angel investing so it is TBD if Founders Fund will remain as active in the space.
  • Galaxy Interactive: early stage VC firm in NYC focused on gaming and other interactive media startups. Led by Sam Englebardt and highly active in both the US and Europe.
  • Greycroft Partners: longstanding NYC- and LA-based VC firm focused on media and e-commerce. Typically invests at Series A or B.
  • Greylock Ventures: well known 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.
  • Griffin Gaming Partners: VC firm in LA led by Peter Levin (and affiliated with LionTree Advisors) that is dedicated to gaming and gaming-related startups.
  • GV (fka Google Ventures): MG Siegler (a former TechCrunch reporter) and David Krane have led media-related investments at GV. Series A-C typically.
  • Index Ventures: top SF- and London-based VC firm investing at Series A and later that’s active in gaming, entertainment, and social media. Danny Rimer and Dino Becirovic tend to be the most media-focused.
  • 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). Alex Taussig, Merci Victoria Grace, Nicole Quinn, and Jeremy Liew are the partners focused on the future of entertainment (from various angles).
  • MaC Ventures: early stage VC fund in LA that looks at many media related deals, formed in 2019 from the merging of MACRO’s M Ventures and Cross Culture Capital. Led by Marlon Nichols, Mike Palank, producer Charles King, and former Washington DC mayor Adrian Fenty.
  • Makers Fund: new $200M fund for interactive media / gaming related startups. Led by Jay Chi, Michael Cheung, and Ryann Lai who operate between Hong Kong, London, & SF.
  • Northzone: top European early-stage VC best known for its early Spotify investment. Partners Pär-Jörgen “PJ” Pärson (NYC), Paul Murphy (London), and Marta Sjögren (Stockholm) are active across gaming and entertainment.
  • Play Ventures: gaming-focused seed fund with partners in Helsinki and Singapore, primarily active in Europe.
  • Sapphire Sport: new early stage VC fund in SF by Sapphire Ventures writing $3-7M checks into sports & entertainment startups.
  • Sequoia Capital: one of Silicon Valley’s most famous early- and growth-stage VC firms. Partners Stephanie Zhan and Jess Lee have been investing in entertainment related startups most recently but Roelef Botha is famous for his early bets on YouTube and Unity.
  • Sinai Ventures: new early stage VC firm in LA led by Jordan Fudge and Zach White that has made several entertainment and interactive media investments. The partners also manage a separate film financing fund called New Slate.
  • Skycatcher: a hedge fund run by Siamac Kamalie that makes early- and growth-stage VC investments in gaming and in emerging markets consumer mobile startups.
  • Sweet Capital: London-based early stage firm (with part-time LA office) funded by the founders of King.com and run by Christian Dörffer and Pippa Lamb. Focused on consumer-facing, mobile-first startups.
  • TCG Capital: multi-pronged investment firm in LA/SF led by former News Corp COO Peter Chernin. Looks at deals across every stage and check size but principally focused on growth stage VC and acquisitions. (formerly known as The Chernin Group)
  • 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.
  • Transcend Fund: early stage VC fund in SF focused on gaming and led by longtime gaming executive Shanti Bergel.
  • Waverly Capital: VC firm led by Daniel Leff (who ran Luminari Capital) and billionaire Edgar Bronfman Jr. with a dedicated focused on media & entertainment.