Kevin Frakes is the founder and CEO of PalmStar Media Capital. A producer of more than 35 films, Kevin started PalmStar during his senior year of college while studying at NYU’s film school. Over his 15-year career, Kevin has secured over $250M in development and production capital for motion pictures and other media content and Kevin has produced and executive produced over $400M in content across PalmStar’s slate. He has also served as advisor to a number of media investment companies, including Merced Capital and Windy Hill Pictures. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Television Production from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2001 and an MBA from Yale University in 2004. View IMDB Page
Peggy Taylor is a private investor/advisor, located in Incline Village, NV. She previously was the President of PeopleSoft Investments, a subsidiary of PeopleSoft, Inc., where she was responsible for overseeing all of the operations and asset management activities. In January 2005, PeopleSoft Investments, Inc. was acquired by Oracle. From 1989-1999, Ms. Taylor worked at PeopleSoft, Inc., as Senior Vice President of Operations where she managed all corporate operations, including product development, customer services, professional services, administration, as well as the PeopleSoft Business Network, PeopleSoft’s e-commerce products division. Prior to joining PeopleSoft, Peggy served as Vice President of Trust and Investment Management at The Hibernia Bank in San Francisco, CA where during her three year tenure assets increased from $300 to $500 million. In 1999, the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) awarded Ms. Taylor the FWE Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In addition, Ms. Taylor also currently sits on the board of Rimini Street and Medea Vodka. Ms. Taylor graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, CA with a B.A. in Communications and Psychology. View IMDB page
Stephan Paternot is a co-founder of PalmStar alongside Frakes and Taylor. Stephan is currently co-founder & CEO of Slated, an online entertainment industry marketplace that enables introductions to projects, talent, financing and sales. Stephan is also the founder and general partner of the Actarus Funds. Founded in 2002, these angel funds have backed such companies as LendingClub, SecondMarket, Indiegogo, AngelList and many more. Prior to this, he cofounded one of the first Internet community sites, theglobe.com in 1994. The company set stock market history when it went public in 1998 with a record setting IPO pushing the company valuation to over $1 Billion. Over a six-year span the company grew to over 300 employees with the website becoming one of the top thirty most trafficked sites in the world with nearly 10% of all internet users visiting the site monthly. In 1999 Stephan won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and in 2001 published “A Very Public Offering”, a non-fiction business book detailing his experience at theglobe.com. Before founding the company, Stephan attended Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Stephan grew up in Switzerland and the United Kingdom before attending college in the United States.
Beyond his duties at the Actarus Funds, Stephan sits on the board of the Heineman Foundation, based in New York, and on the board of it’s sister organization the Heineman-Stiftung, based in Berlin. The aims of the foundations are to give financial support to educational, artistic, cause based and scientific non-profit institutions. Stephan resides in Los Angeles. View IMDB page
Michael Bederman joins PalmStar following a 25-year freelance career in the entertainment business, producing films at the independent level and for the Hollywood Studios. He has worked alongside accomplished directors including Tom McCarthy, Niels Arden Oplev, David Frankel, George Nolfi, Michael Cuesta, Drake Doremus, Joel Schumacher, and Miguel Arteta. Michael was instrumental in the making of Tom McCarthy’s film SPOTLIGHT starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian D’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci. Released in 2015, SPOTLIGHT was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, winning Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture of the Year. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, and Directors Guild of Canada, and a graduate of the film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he is a frequent guest lecturer. View IMDB page
Bill Kay became an executive at PalmStar in February 2017 and brings over 20 years of experience in private equity and capital markets, at firms including Apollo Global Management, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. Earlier in his career, he held sales and finance roles at Orion Pictures, where he was involved with films such as Silence of the Lambs and Robocop. Bill has also served as a Producer or Executive Producer on seven motion pictures, privately investing as well as raising third party equity and debt capital. These films include the acclaimed indie Rob the Mob (starring Andy Garcia and Ray Romano), The Great Gilly Hopkins (starring Glenn Close, and Oscar winners Kathy Bates and Octavia Spencer). Upcoming films include PalmStar’s titles The Catcher Was A Spy, Hereditary and The Alchemist. Bill holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from The Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University. View IMDB page
Ryan Kreston recently joined PalmStar’s team as a Creative Associate and is responsible for handling daily office operations as well as assisting with PalmStar’s slate of upcoming films. He’s had past experience working for companies including CBS and Robert Zemeckis’s production company, ImageMovers. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Studies. View IMDB page
Brandon Tamburri recently joined PalmStar’s team and is responsible for managing incoming phone calls, scheduling, and a variety of other daily operations. He has had past experience working for NFL Films as well as Steve Rotfeld Productions. Brandon is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, while minoring in film studies. View IMDB page