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Rick Hess, CAA
Rick is a founder and Co-Managing Partner of Evolution Media Capital (“EMC”), a joint venture with Creative Artists Agency (“CAA”), focusing on the media, entertainment, and sports industries.
At EMC, Rick has raised and advised in excess of $ 6billion for his clients and has worked on a number of transactions including the Texas Rangers, Lotus F-1 Race Team, Strike Force, and Participant Media.
Prior to founding EMC, Rick lead the Film Finance group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a talent and literary agency based in Los Angeles, California. He joined CAA in January 2002, and focused on the packaging and financing of feature films, as well as the structuring of film production and film finance companies. During his time at the agency he and his group packaged, arranged financing for or sold over 125 films, including Academy Award-winning BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, SYRIANA, and CRASH, as well as GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, LORD OF WAR, THE NEW WORLD, NORTH COUNTRY, MICHAEL CLAYTON and IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH.
Prior to his position at CAA, Rick held executive and management positions at TriStar Pictures, William Morris Agency, Phoenix Pictures, and Propaganda Films. He serves on the Board of Directors for LA's Promise, a nonprofit organization working to improve schools and empower neighborhoods in some of the most disenfranchised communities in Los Angeles. Rick is also on the board of Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicating itself to creating pathways to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals and families by providing them with the resources to help find and maintain employment. Rick is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Monte Nido, CA.