Bright Lights Acquisition Corp.
- Consumer, Media, Entertainment, Sports, Unicorns
Allen Shapiro has agreed to serve as Non-Executive Co-Chairman following completion of this offering. Mr. Shapiro currently manages Celebrands, LLC, an investment firm launched in 2020 in partnership with Mr. Howard, which specializes in acquiring and building celebrity consumer brands. Mr. Shapiro and Mr. Howard, in their individual and collective capacities, have recently invested in notable celebrity-backed brands including, among others, Aviation Gin with Ryan Reynolds. In 2000, Mr. Shapiro founded Mosaic Media Group, a talent management and production company representing artists including Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Green Day, and Alanis Morissette and producing such films as Get Smart and The Dark Knight. While at Mosaic Media Group, Mr. Shapiro facilitated the leveraged buyout of dcp from Dick Clark, and ultimately became Chief Executive Officer of dcp. In 2007, Mosaic Media sold dcp to RedZone and Six Flags and later reacquired the business alongside Guggenheim Partners and Mandalay Entertainment in 2012. In addition to dcp, Mr. Shapiro also acquired the TV Guide Network with One Equity Partners and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. in 2009, served as Chairman, and later sold the business to CBS Corporation. Mr. Shapiro received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his JD from Northwestern University School of Law. We believe Mr. Shapiro’s extensive entertainment and investment experience as well as his senior leadership experience makes him a valuable member of our board of directors.
John Howard has agreed to serve as Non-Executive Co-Chairman following completion of this offering. Mr. Howard is a Co-Managing Partner of Irving Place Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm. He has more than 30 years of private equity investing experience and has invested significant capital in the consumer products, retail, and industrial industries. In partnership with Mr. Shapiro, Mr. Howard also co-manages Celebrands. Mr. Howard founded the Bear Stearns Merchant Banking Group in 1997, which ultimately became Irving Place Capital in 2008. Prior to Irving Place Capital, Mr. Howard was the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm with a history of investments in the consumer sector. Previously, Mr. Howard was a Senior Vice President and Partner of Wesray Capital Corporation, one of the foremost private equity sponsors and a pioneer in the leveraged buyout business. Mr. Howard currently sits on the Board of Directors for rag & bone, Frame Denim, Good American, SKIMS, Veronica Beard, Bendon and Wolf & Shepherd. Mr. Howard previously served on the board of directors of RTW Tailwinds, Inc. (formerly known as New York & Company, Inc.) from 2005 to April 2020. We believe Mr. Howard’s extensive entertainment and investment experience as well as his board experience makes him a valuable member of our board of directors.
Michael Mahan has been our Chief Executive Officer since September 2020 and will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Mahan is currently the Vice Chairman (advisory role) for dick clark productions (dcp), previously having served as Chief Executive Officer and/or President of the company for the past seven years. Prior to dick clark productions, Mr. Mahan was President of the TV Guide Network and tvguide.com. He joined the company in 2009 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development before becoming President and led the organization on behalf of One Equity (JP Morgan) and Lionsgate. Prior to TV Guide, Mr. Mahan led corporate and business development efforts for dcp. He previously worked in private equity where Mr. Mahan led and managed a number of investments on behalf of Caisse de dépôt. Mr. Mahan also worked in digital media, specifically with eWanted.com and Checkout.com. He began his career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns after graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics. Mr. Mahan is currently an owner / investor in a number of media, sports, gaming and consumer companies, including: Los Angeles Football Club, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Axiomatic (Team Liquid), Epic Games, Aviation Gin, and LovePop. We believe Mr. Mahan’s extensive entertainment experience as well as his senior leadership experience and broad network makes him a valuable member of our board of directors.
Hahn Lee has been our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since September 2020. Mr. Lee is an experienced corporate development and strategy executive and former senior equity research associate and investment banker. Mr. Lee has deep subject matter expertise in consumer Internet marketplaces and digital real estate technology having served as Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for realtor.com from 2018 to May 2020 (after joining as SVP in 2015), the second largest digital real estate portal in the U.S. and division of News Corp (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA). Earlier, Mr. Lee spent 20 years in the media and entertainment space, helping television networks and studios transition to digital business models. He started his career in the Corporate Alliances group at The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lee also covered the digital media and video game sectors as a senior equity research associate at Jefferies and was an investment banker with Bear, Stearns. He is currently enrolled in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Lee received his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and B.A. in Business-Economics from UCLA, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Ciara Wilson will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Ms. Wilson is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer who released her latest album in 2019. She currently also serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beauty Marks Entertainment, a record and entertainment company she founded in 2017. We believe Ms. Wilson’s extensive entertainment experience as well as her creative achievements and broad network makes her a valuable member of our board of directors.
Peter Guber will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Mr. Guber currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mandalay Entertainment Group, a film and television development and production company, a role he has held since 1995, Prior to this, Mr. Guber served as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment from 1989 to 1995. Mr. Guber served in several other executive roles prior to his time with Sony Pictures Entertainment including as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment from 1979 to 1983 and Co-Owner of the Guber-Peters Company from 1983 to 1989. Mr. Guber currently serves as the Chairman of Mandalay Sports Media and as the Co-Executive Chairman of aXiomatic, a broad-based esports and gaming company. Mr. Guber is also the co-owner of four professional sports teams including the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Football Club and Team Liquid. Mr. Guber earned his B.A. from Syracuse University and his J.D. and L.L.M. from New York University Law School. We believe Mr. Guber’s extensive entertainment experience as well as his senior leadership experience and broad network makes him a valuable member of our board of directors.
Mark Shapiro will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Since 2018, Mr. Shapiro has served as President of Endeavor, after serving as Co-President of William Morris Endeavor-International Management Group (“WME-IMG”) since 2016. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Dick Clark Productions from 2010 to 2012. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Shapiro served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Premier International Holdings Inc. (“Six Flags”) after it was taken over by Red Zone LLC, where he served as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Six Flags, Mr. Shapiro held various positions at ABC and ESPN, ending his tenure as Executive Vice President of Programming and Product at ESPN in 2005. Currently, Mr. Shapiro serves on the boards of directors of Live Nation Entertainment and Equity Residential, and is Chairman of the Board for Captivate Network. Mr. Shapiro received his B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. We believe Mr. Shapiro’s extensive entertainment experience as well as his senior leadership experience and broad network makes him a valuable member of our board of directors.
Selena Kalvaria will serve as a director following the completion of this offering. Since August 2020, Ms. Kalvaria has served as Chief Marketing Officer at Away, a global lifestyle brand transforming the entire travel experience, previously serving as Away’s Senior Vice President of Brand and Vice President of Brand Marketing from 2018 to August 2020. Prior to Away, Ms. Kalvaria served as Senior Director and Senior Brand Manager at Anheuser-Busch from 2015 to 2018. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Kalvaria served as an Associate Brand Manager at Diageo. Ms. Kalvaria earned her Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and her MBA from Harvard Business School. We believe Ms. Kalvaria’s extensive experience in senior leadership and as a marketing executive as well as her broad network makes her a valuable member of our board of directors.