Brian E. Becker is an entertainment industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience building and managing worldwide live entertainment businesses.
From 2000 to 2005 Becker served as Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment, the world's leading producer and promoter of live entertainment events, as well as the world's largest owner and operator of event venues, managing acquisitions and operations in the music, theater, motor sports, exhibitions, properties and sports agency businesses. During his tenure, Becker was named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment by "Entertainment Weekly" Magazine for four consecutive years.
Prior to SFX Entertainment's sale to Clear Channel Communications in 2000, Becker served as Executive Vice President and Director of SFX Entertainment, and was involved in the development and implementation of corporate strategies and operations, including the acquisition and integration of more than 40 of the world's most successful live entertainment companies.
From 1996 to 1998, Becker served as CEO and President of PACE Entertainment Corporation, which at the time was the largest diversified live entertainment company in the world.
Becker received a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He serves on the Community in Schools, Gibson Guitar Corporation and the Alpha-1 Foundation boards of directors, as well as other advisory boards.
Under Becker's management, PACE/SFX/CCE: established leading national networks in each of the music (amphitheaters), specialized motor sports, and theatrical (subscription series) industries; produced major rock tours (Madonna, The Rolling Stones and U2) and Tony Award-winning Broadway theater (The Producers, The Who's Tommy); managed star athletes (Michael Jordan, Andre Agassi and Pedro Martinez); and developed venues (The Boston Opera House, The Tweeter Center of Philadelphia/Camden).
Rebecca Kragh is an accomplished financial executive with over 20 years of experience in a broad range of industries. Prior to joining BASE, she was Financial Controller and served as Secretary/Treasurer for Ashtead Technology Rentals North America, a rental equipment provider to the offshore oil and gas sector and to the environmental monitoring and testing industry. From 1997 to 2002, Rebecca was the Controller for Augusta Foods, LLC where she was responsible for all accounting and treasury functions for the Café Express, Taco Milagro, and Café Annie restaurant divisions. Rebecca is a CPA with significant experience in all corporate finance, accounting, treasury, and financial management functions in both domestic and international corporations.
Faith Clary has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial insurance, media/communications and live entertainment industries. Clary's career has been focused on human resources, office management, payroll processing, benefit plan administration and management of executive corporate offices. Clary joined Clear Channel Entertainment in 2000 to manage the Office of the Chairman. From 1995-2000, Clary worked for Metro Networks, managing the Office of the Chairman and managing payroll, benefits and human resources for the Chairman's personal staff. Prior to 1995, Clary worked in the commercial insurance industry, managing a team of claim administrators for Highlands Insurance Company, who insured companies such as KBR and Halliburton.
Kris Anderson received his BA, MBA and JD from Ohio State University. He has enjoyed a significant career in M&A, corporate finance and business development. Highlights include: head of business development, site development and construction worldwide for Abercrombie and Fitch; head of business development for worldwide divestures and acquisitions for Burdon's (a KKR portfolio company); and co-founder of a Columbus-based private equity fund.
Scott Zeiger has been producing and presenting live entertainment events and has been an industry leader for over 20 years.
In 2005 Zeiger founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Entertainment's newly formed Productions Group. As head of CCEPG, he developed new intellectual properties and extended the Company's content portfolio; several of these properties are now a part of BASE Entertainment. Prior to forming this new division, Zeiger served as CEO of CCE's North American Theatrical division from 2000 to 2005.
Prior to its acquisition by Clear Channel Entertainment, Zeiger served as President of SFX Theatrical Group from 1998 to 2000 and managed a period of sustained growth in the Company's international acquisition and producing efforts. During his tenure, SFX Theatrical Group became one of the largest theatrical companies in the world.
As a founding executive of PACE Theatrical Group in 1983 until the Company's acquisition by SFX Entertainment, Zeiger served in several capacities, from Vice President of Marketing to President, and was involved in the formation of the North America's first and largest nationwide circuit of Broadway theatrical subscription programs, through the renovation and operation of legitimate theatres; the acquisition and development of new subscription markets; the formation of partnerships with leading performing arts institutions and the supervision of the company's extensive producing and investment efforts.
Zeiger began his live entertainment career as a regional marketing director for Ringling Brothers' Barnum & Bailey Circus and the Walt Disney Ice Shows upon graduation from the University of Florida, where he produced events as an undergraduate and graduate student in the business school.
Zeiger has earned five Tony Awards as a producer and many others for his productions. He sits on the executive committee of the League of American Theatres and Producers and the Tony Management Committee. Zeiger's portfolio of productions includes: The Who's Tommy, The Producers, Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Blue Man Group Toronto, and Phantom The Las Vegas Spectacular at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas; and his legitimate theater venue developments include The Hilton Theater on Broadway in New York, The Boston Opera House, and The Baltimore Hippodrome Theater.
Milan Rokic heads up BASE Entertainment Asia headquartered in Singapore. This new division of BASE has the exclusive management rights of two new theaters at the magnificent Marina Bay Sands Resort recently completed by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. In addition to presenting a variety of productions in Singapore, BASE Asia is actively pursuing a variety of entertainment projects throughout the region.
Rokic is respected as a specialist in theatrical entertainment in the Asia Pacific market following a 9 year career at Cirque du Soleil as Vice President Marketing for the region. During his time at Cirque du Soleil, Rokic was responsible for launching their resident shows at the Venetian Macau and at Tokyo Disney resort as well as promoting the touring productions in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, China and Dubai.
Rokic was responsible for securing major regional and global sponsorships for Cirque du Soleil as well as implementing their tailor made electronic ticketing system and devising sales and marketing strategies that not only delivered millions of patrons but also developed new markets.
Prior to Cirque du Soleil, Rokic worked for a variety of sports and entertainment companies delivering sales and marketing services for the likes of Really Useful Group, Disney On Ice, The Wiggles and major Australian sports franchises.
CARL PASBJERG is CEO of Alchemy Entertainment Management (AEM), a partnership with BASE Entertainment that manages, develops and line produces live stage productions throughout the world. Under the AEM umbrella, Carl is Managing Partner of Alchemy Production Group, a theatrical management and production company, whose upcoming projects include The Illusionists, Dee Snider's Rock and Roll Christmas Tale, Memphis (West End), Nobody Loves You, In Transit, and Chasing the Song, with many other projects in development. Recent Broadway, Off-Broadway and Touring productions include: First Date, Memphis on Broadway and on tour in North America, A Christmas Story - The Musical, Off-Broadway's Lucky Guy, Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas, Guys and Dolls, and Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Live on tour. As President of One Viking Productions, he managed and produced a variety of productions including Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein and Off-Broadway's Jump. Prior to starting his own companies, he was Senior Vice President of Theatrical Production at Clear Channel Entertainment/Live Nation, and was the Executive Producer for the $35 Million production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. Other prior Broadway producing and management credits include: 700 Sundays starring Billy Crystal, Lennon, Hollywood Arms, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan with Patrick Stewart, The Herbal Bed, Taking Sides with Ed Harris, The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm, Jekyll & Hyde, Steel Pier, and Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews; Off-Broadway: Addicted...a comedy of substance; Tours: Cabaret starring Teri Hatcher, South Pacific starring Robert Goulet, Cover Girls, Dora The Explorer Live, Blue's Clues Live, Scooby Doo Live, Rocket Power Live, Master Class, My Fair Lady, and Delerium with Cirque du Soleil; Regional & Developmental productions: Little Women, All Shook Up, Only A Kingdom, Amour and Quartett at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Abbie M. Strassler has spent the past 17 years General Managing Broadway and National Tours. Most recently, GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT; SPRING AWAKENING (2007 BEST MUSICAL) Broadway and National Tour, Neil Simon's The ODD COUPLE, THE DINNER PARTY, MOVIN' OUT Broadway and National Tour, CONTACT National Tour, PRIVATE LIVES, THE ICEMAN COMETH, SIDE SHOW. She began her career with Ticketron in Washington, DC and has Company Managed numerous shows including the THE KING AND I starring Yul Brynner, SUNSET BOULEVARD, CRAZY FOR YOU, ZORBA, CATS, SMILE, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, DREAMGIRLS, and CHU CHEM.
Scott Armstrong - Vice President and Managing Producer
Ashley Saccenti - Director of Marketing
Michelle Sharples - Director of Sales
Elizabeth Camuso - Associate General Manager
Shannon Baker - Executive Director, Ticketing
Clarity Partners is a private equity firm based in Los Angeles. We manage a diversified set of alternative investments through two U.S.-based private equity funds which made investments between 2000 and 2011. Our China affiliate Kalai Investments was founded in 2005 and makes investments through two China-based private equity funds. Today Clarity Partners continues to evaluate U.S.-based opportunities in a broad range of sectors.
All of the senior members of our team have been successful investors, and many have held senior level operating and management positions.
Clarity brings to its portfolio companies not just equity capital, but assistance with strategy, technology, marketing, operating, and financing issues. Our extensive global network of entrepreneurial and managerial relationships has provided our portfolio companies with some of the best resources to drive growth and maximize value. Clarity's investment professionals have been associated with the formation and development of many successful communications and media companies. With decades of collective experience operating, advising, and investing in growth companies, Clarity's goal is to work with its management partners to leverage our experience and create substantial growth and value.
Clarity Partners current U.S. portfolio includes BASE Entertainment, Buytime Media, CaseStack, Crescent Entertainment/Village Roadshow Pictures, Critical Media, Opnext, Skye Mineral Partners and TelePacific.