When we launched BRaVe Media Ventures 15 months ago, we set out with a vision to redefine the means and methods that are used to create compelling stories. Our business has been #CreatedWith our friends, family, amazing clients and an industry leading TEAM of rockstars that continues to grow. With that, it’s our great pleasure to have Jen Kavanagh join the BRaVe Media Ventures family as the newly appointed President of BRaVe Story Ventures.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Jen for nearly 10 years. From our early days cutting our teeth at NBC Universal, helping to build the first wave of Social TV and Participatory storytelling, to having her as one of the early members of our BRaVe Experts in Residence program, Jen and BRaVe have been on a similar path. In this fast moving “Attention” economy, Jen is a true leader that will help provide the vision and leadership to win over everyone’s time and attention.
BraVe Story Ventures is committed to developing projects with a high potential for social engagement that is informed by insights and current culture. Multiple audience insights that focus on behavior and emerging trends are used to understand audiences and then source creators and projects that resonate best. By identifying and developing a range of content with culturally relevant themes, characters, and stories that represent audience values and interests, BRaVe Story Ventures is able to service networks, OTT providers, media platforms and brands alike.
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BRAVE MEDIA VENTURES LAUNCHES BRAVE STORY VENTURES – NEW BUSINESS ARM DEDICATED ENTIRELY TO CONTENT INVESTMENT AND CREATION
Jen Kavanagh Named President of BRaVe Story Ventures Division
Development Slate Includes “Clarence B. Jones: I Know Who I Am,” “Foodstock” and “Ella the Engineer” New York, NY – December 15, 2015 – BRaVe Media Ventures, a strategic advisory and investment firm specializing in the converging technology, media and entertainment revolution, today announced its expansion with the launch of an innovative new business arm focused solely on content investment and creation – BRaVe Story Ventures. During a time of great momentum in a rapidly changing digital landscape, BRaVe Story Ventures further fortifies BRaVe Media Ventures as a long-term strategic partner for clients that include major media brands, established start-ups and emerging industry players. BRaVe Story Ventures uses a proprietary methodology to source, develop and package content with high multi-platform and audience engagement potential – an approach that serves to inform the lifecycle of each investment from identification through distribution. At launch, projects in development include “Clarence B. Jones: I Know Who I Am,” “Foodstock” and “Ella the Engineer.” Based in New York City, BRaVe Story Ventures has named Jen Kavanagh as President, formerly of Beamly and NBCUniversal’s Oxygen Media, and has signed with United Talent Agency for representation in all areas.
“With the launch of BRaVe Story Ventures, we are driven by our ability to embolden our clients to be brave and ultimately help transform culturally meaningful ideas into real intellectual property,” said Kavanagh. “We now have the power to invest in and develop original premium content from creators with powerful and authentic voices, and it is a true thrill to lead a seasoned team that has been successfully evaluating, shaping, investing in and promoting high-profile content for years.”
Leading the charge alongside Kavanagh are BRaVe Media Ventures co-founders David Beck (formerly of Univision and Bain & Company), Jesse Redniss (formerly of USA Network) and Gary Vaynerchuk (CEO, Vayner Media). Shelly Kellner (formerly of Univision) serves as a lead media and operations strategist.
THE DNA OF BRAVE STORY VENTURES – DEVELOPMENT SLATE
BraVe Story Ventures is committed to developing projects with a high potential for social engagement that is informed by insights and current culture. Multiple audience insights that focus on behavior and emerging trends are used to understand the target audience and source creators and projects that resonate best. By identifying and developing a range of content with culturally relevant themes, characters, and stories that represent audience values and interests, BRaVe Story Ventures is able to service networks, OTT providers, media platforms and brands alike. Projects currently in development include:
“Clarence Jones: I Know Who I Am:” Important and culturally relevant, this is an untold story that ties into today’s timely discussions around race in America. Clarence B. Jones is the man behind some of the most important moments in modern American history. As Martin Luther King’s trusted adviser and attorney, Jones drafted portions of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and personally smuggled the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” from Dr. King’s prison cell in Alabama, and helped organize the March on Washington. Jones also advised Malcolm X and, following Dr. King’s death, was involved in the Attica prison riot and Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle.” By connecting Jones’ story with current conversations about race as well as youth culture through music, BRaVe Story Ventures and its production partners are offering an opportunity for active and critical support in what they believe will prove to be one of the defining documentaries of this generation.
“Foodstock:” Celebrity Chefs are paired with iconic musical artists to honor the heroes that combat hunger with food, fun and music. Michael Simon, the creator of VH1’s “Storytellers,” Director of NBC’s 2015 highest-rated comedy special, “Jeff Dunham Unhinged in Hollywood,” and Director of MTV’s top-rated series “Ridiculousness,” has partnered with TV Host and multiple award-winning Chef Michael Voltaggio to create “Foodstock.” Developed as a series and potentially a live event, the purpose is to bring awareness to the many wonderful organizations across the nation that are on the frontlines in the battle to end hunger. At “Foodstock,” food and music will come together for a purpose.
“Ella the Engineer:” Ella is a spirited 12-year-old coder with a passion for friends, technology, and fashion – in that order! In her world, girls who code are common and cool. Ella is also somewhat of a superhero fighting her hacker arch enemy and keeping her friends’ technology safe. Her world contains rich characters that are obsessed with different areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), including 3-D printing and device making. Ella and her story puts the subject of girls in STEM front and center in an entertaining way for kids and families.
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About BRaVe Story Ventures:
BRaVe Story Ventures is a division of BRaVe Media Ventures that specializes in content investment, creation and development. The firm sources and incubates content with high multi-platform and social engagement potential, and offers the expertise of its founders and resources to transform culturally meaningful ideas into intellectual property. BRaVe Story Ventures invests in and cultivates original premium content from creators with powerful, authentic voices that resonates with the entertainment industry, and sees it through development and distribution.