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Michael Ovitz


Mr. Michael Ovitz is a Co-Founder & Owner at Broad Beach Ventures. He co-founded Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 1975 and served as its chairman until 1995, served as President of the Walt Disney Company, from 1995 to 1997, and co-founded VC fund Broad Beach Ventures in 2010.In 1974 Ovitz co-founded Creative Artists Agency (CAA) with several agents from William Morris. Ovitz served as its Chairman until 1995, growing the agency from a start-up organization to the world's leading talent agency, representing the top actors, directors, musicians, screenwriters and other personalities in the entertainment industry. Ovitz shifted negotiating leverage from studio to agency by assembling package deals, wherein CAA would provide directors, actors and screenwriters as a package - forever changing the power dynamics in the industry. Ovitz also expanded the role of the agency from talent management into corporate consulting, investment banking and advertising. He helped negotiate Matsushita's acquisition of MCA/Universal, the financial rescue of MGM/United Artists, and Sony's acquisition of Columbia Pictures. He shook up the advertising industry by winning Coca-Cola's global advertising account in 1991 from traditional. Mr. Ovitz also served as President of the Walt Disney Company, from October 1995 to January 1997. In 2010 Ovitz launched Venture Capital fund Broad Beach Ventures where he is among a select group of angels. Investments thus far have included Medium, Palantir, Klout, Blend Labs, HipSwap, Factual, and more. Ovitz is also Advisor to a number of Silicon Valley VC firms, including Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, and Formation 8.Ovitz has served as a member of the Board of Directors for J. Crew Group Inc., Gulfstream Aviation and Opsware. He served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the UCLA Hospital and Medical Center and headed up the Capital Campaign to raise money for their new hospital, designed by I.M. Pei. He also served on the Executive Advisory Board of the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Board of Directors of D.A.R.E. America, and the National Board of Advisors for the Children's Scholarship Fund. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Modern Art. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the Board of Advisors of Andreessen Horowitz. He also Co-Founded CheckOut Entertainment Network.

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • United States

Michael Ovitz Investments & Acquisitions (29)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Oliver Space 29-Oct-2019 Seed Round 00.00 Home Furnishings Generating Revenue 0000000 00000
0000000 00 22-Oct-2019 00000 00000 0000 Entertainment Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000
0000000000 00000 01-Oct-2019 00000 00000 00000 Aerospace and Defense Product Development 0000000 00000
000000 18-Sep-2019 00000 00000 0000 Entertainment Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000
00000 000000000 24-Jul-2019 00000 00000 00000 Property and Casualty Insurance Generating Revenue 0000000 00000
000000000 17-Jun-2019 00000 00000 0000 Application Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000
000000 27-Mar-2019 00000 00000 000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000
0000000 24-Sep-2018 00000 00000 000.00 Business/Productivity Software Generating Revenue 0000000 00000
Wonderschool 10-Aug-2018 Early Stage VC 0000 Educational and Training Services (B2C) Generating Revenue 0000000 00000
Cloud9 Esports 20-Oct-2017 Early Stage VC 0000 Accessories Profitable 0000000 00000
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Michael Ovitz Exits (10)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Symphony AyasdiAI 15-May-2019 Merger/Acquisition Completed
000000 25-Oct-2018 000000000000000000 Completed
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000000 06-Aug-2018 000000000 00000000 Completed
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0000000000 01-Jun-2016 000000000000000000 000.00 Completed
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00000000 23-Mar-2016 000000000000000000 Completed
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00000000 11-Jul-2014 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
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00000 01-Mar-2014 000000000000000000 00000 Completed
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00000 000000000 08-Sep-2003 0000000000: 000000 Completed 13-Oct-2000 Bankruptcy: Admin/Reorg Completed
HipSwap Out of Business Completed
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Michael Ovitz Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Michael Ovitz Angel Investor 00 Los Angeles, CA