Elson to Star Avenue Capital

Star Avenue Capital, the growth equity firm formed by Irving Place Capital and Creative Artists Agency, has added Craig Elson as a managing director. Elson’s experience includes working with Banc of America Capital Investors, the predecessor to Ridgemont Equity Partners, and the Turner Broadcasting System.


NEW YORK – April 12, 2011 – Star Avenue Capital, LLC (“Star Avenue”), a growth equity firm formed in partnership with private equity firm Irving Place Capital (“IPC”) and entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (“CAA”), announced today that Craig Elson has joined as a Managing Director.

“Partnering with CAA and IPC gives Star an incredible range of branding, marketing, and business development resources,” said Mr. Elson. “This role is a unique opportunity to apply my private equity experience to Star’s differentiated model and to help high-growth branded consumer companies reach their full potential.”

“Craig is an exceptional investor, with a wide range of experience, and a sterling reputation,” said Paul Lattanzio, President of Star Avenue Capital. “We look forward to working with him to identify exciting companies and entrepreneurs and to help them maximize value.”

Mr. Elson brings over a decade of private equity investing experience, most recently as a Partner and Managing Director of Banc of America Capital Investors (“BACI”), the predecessor to Ridgemont Equity Partners. While at BACI, he led or co-led growth equity investments totaling more than $300 million of equity capital. Prior to joining BACI in 1998, he worked with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in both managerial and sales roles from 1990 to 1996.

Mr. Elson is a graduate of Harvard Business School and received his B.A. degree from Duke University.

About Star Avenue Capital
Star Avenue Capital is a private equity firm focused on partnering with the owners of high-growth consumer brands to help them capitalize on consumer trends, increase relevancy in popular culture, and achieve growth. Combining the resources of its partners, Irving Place Capital and Creative Artists Agency, Star delivers a unique value proposition to the managers, founders, entrepreneurs and investors with whom it partners. More information about Star Avenue Capital is available at www.staravenuecapital.com.

About Irving Place Capital
Irving Place Capital invests private equity capital in compelling buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth capital opportunities alongside superior management teams. Irving Place Capital focuses on making control or entrepreneur-driven investments. Since its formation in 1997, Irving Place Capital has been an investor in more than 55 companies and has raised over $4 billion of equity capital, including its current $2.7 billion institutional fund. More information about Irving Place Capital is available at www.irvingplacecapital.com.

About Creative Artists Agency
Creative Artists Agency is the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, representing many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, video games, theatre, sports, and the Internet, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients. In addition, The Intelligence Group, a market research and trend forecasting company, is a division of CAA.