Atwater hires ex-CAA exec as principal

Atwater Capital LLC has named Meri Khananashvili as a principal.

Atwater Capital LLC has named Meri Khananashvili as a principal. Khananashvili is a former executive at Creative Artists Agency.


Los Angeles, November 9, 2020 – Atwater Capital LLC (“Atwater”), the private equity firm that focuses exclusively on the media and entertainment sectors, is delighted to announce the appointment of Meri Khananashvili, formerly an executive at Creative Artists Agency (“CAA”), the entertainment agency giant, as Principal.

Meri, who brings deep industry expertise and an extensive network to the firm’s leadership, will play a key role in the execution of Atwater’s investment strategy. She will be based at the firm’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Prior to joining, Meri was a Business Affairs Executive in the Media Finance Group at CAA, one of Atwater’s key industry partners. Meri’s experience includes consulting on deal structuring, film financing and distribution. She holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Vania Schlogel, Managing Partner & Founder of Atwater Capital, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Meri to Atwater. Meri has spent a number of years working at one of our key partners in the industry, CAA, where she fostered an impressive network of contacts as well as a track record of executing top tier deals in the media and entertainment sector. Meri brings to the Atwater team deep operational and content sector expertise.”

Meri Khananashvili, Principal at Atwater Capital, added: “This is an enormously exciting time to be joining Atwater, and I am thrilled to be given this opportunity. After my time with CAA, building relationships across the sector, this is a natural progression, and I look forward to helping Atwater to originate and execute investments in the media and entertainment sectors in the US and internationally.”

Focused exclusively on the Media and Entertainment sectors, Atwater Capital was founded with the vision of uniting the valuable creative aspects of evaluating investments and growing companies with deep operational and financial expertise under one roof and one team. Going against the status quo of traditionally segregating these critical activities, Atwater seeks to extract the synergies of applying quantitative rigor to creative strategy on behalf of our portfolio companies and stakeholders. Atwater Capital brings a track record of excellence in operational and financial strategy to deliver tangible results. Whether through optimizing operational processes, unlocking business development opportunities, delivering an extensive network of influencers to create authentic messaging, or digitizing away from ineffective and capital-intensive traditional branding activities — Atwater brings nimble and disruptive strategies to our investments.