Quake Capital taps Pesci as partner


New York City and Los Angeles-based accelerator Quake Capital has named Priscilla Pesci as a partner. In her new role, Pesci will oversee the LA office and its new LA accelerator program. Pesci’s work background includes holding executive positions at such companies as MGM Studios, Lionsgate Entertainment, CBS Broadcast International and FOX Studios.

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Los Angeles, CA – March 21, 2018 – Quake Capital, a unique accelerator focused on making seed level investments in new and early stage ventures across a wide range of industries, today announced Priscilla Pesci has joined the firm as a partner. She will be based in Los Angeles and manage Quake’s new office in downtown L.A.

Pesci joins Quake after nearly two decades as a multi-disciplined entrepreneur and executive in the entertainment industry. She has extensive cross-cultural and global experience in over 150 countries at major motion picture studios and A-list broadcast networks in social, digital media, television, film and music. Her resume of senior-level, executive posts include MGM Studios, Lionsgate Entertainment, CBS Broadcast International and FOX Studios. Most recently, she served as CEO of her self-founded company, Elumines, where she conceived and orchestrated out-of-the-box systems, leveraging new technologies and market channels to generate new revenue streams and drive strong ROI across global and startup organizations alike.

“We are thrilled to have Priscilla join the team at Quake, where our portfolio companies will be able to tap the vast experience she has in entertainment, marketing, and as a startup founder overseeing the launch and growth of large brands,” said Brandon Maier, founding partner at Quake Capital. “As we expand our accelerator to Los Angeles, we can’t think of a better resource or more meaningful leader and mentor for these startups as they continue to grow.”

Over the course of her career, Pesci has launched and marketed some of the most successful global franchises and contemporary programming in broadcast history, including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Survivor, Mad Men, Weeds, Silver Surfer, X-Men and numerous United Artists motion pictures. As Chief Marketing Officer of MGM Worldwide Television Group, she contributed, developed and launched billion-dollar franchises such as Legally Blonde, James Bond, Rocky, Woody Allen, Pink Panther and Stargate.

“I could not think of a more advantageous and exciting time to join Quake,” said Pesci. “With a new footprint in L.A., we are now positioned to work directly on the convergence of entertainment and media with technology at a time when new leadership is required. I am excited to work closely with Quake’s portfolio companies and help startups integrate the worlds of media and technology.”

Pesci is a board member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, board member of The Blank Theatre, and advisor for Public Works, Inc., a non-profit committed to the betterment of education, through research, tutoring and the education of high-risk young adults.

Quake is currently accepting applications for its Los Angeles accelerator launching on June 4th, which Pesci will oversee. For more information on Quake and to apply to its accelerator, please visit: https://www.f6s.com/quakecapital/apply.

About Quake Capital
Quake Capital is a unique accelerator focused on making seed level investments in new and early stage ventures across a wide range of industries. We work closely with key advisers, and tap into exclusive relationships developed over the last 30 years to boast unparalleled access to the top players in finance, development, manufacturing and distribution. To learn more about Quake Capital and its portfolio of companies, please visit: https://www.quakecapital.com/.

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