Patricof has advised and invested in a wide range of leading traditional and digital media and entertainment companies and transactions. He previously served as a Managing Director and 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, notable transactions include advising on the highly publicized sale of Gawker Media to Univision at a bankruptcy auction for $135 million and the sale of the iconic concert venue Webster Hall to AEG Presents and Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment.
Prior to Houlihan Lokey, 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. 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 he 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. He served as President and CEO of the company until it was sold to Omnicom.
Patricof began his career at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
Patricof serves on the Board of Directors of Hornblower Cruises and NEP Broadcasting. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Crestview Partners.