Ryan Kavanaugh '20 Contributor Since 2020
Principal and Founder | Proxima Media and Relativity Media
Ryan Kavanaugh is the 26th highest grossing movie producer of all time and the co-founder of Triller, one of three fastest growing social media apps. Ryan started the Fight Club, which launched with the record-breaking Tyson-Roy Jones event with the 8th highest grossing PPV event. Ryan is the founder of the financial model that revolutionized how Hollywood financed movies. His business model, a modified version of the Monte Carlo method, is designed to predict the odds of any given film being a financial success. This method was swiftly adopted by Hollywood, and radically changed the face of media and how movies were produced. As the architect of Marvel Studios, he established the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ryan was instrumental in creating Netflix streaming and Subscription Video on Demand through a first of its kind deal with Netflix in 2010. In addition to his great success in Hollywood, Ryan is also known for launching a venture capital firm that won backing by Hollywood A-listers such as Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael J. Fox, Brian and more. He was one of the first to focus on Fintech and Biotech. Investment wins include Noventus (fintech), that sold for nearly $400M, and Juno (biotech) that sold for $2.4B.
In addition to his work in the film industry and his business endeavors, Ryan is a noted philanthropist and volunteer. He has been recognized by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Anti-Defamation League for his volunteerism and philanthropy, and, among other things is known for rescuing homeless dogs and helping children with major medical conditions. As founder and CEO of Relativity Media, Ryan spearheaded film and television financing; production and distribution; music publishing; sports management and digital media. Relativity is renown for having produced, distributed or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures generating over $17 billion in worldwide box-office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations. Ryan also founded and built the second largest sports agency in the United States and sold one of the largest television companies in the world with over 40 series on the air.