About Us


About Us

Founding Team

Sophie Watts

Sophie Watts

Sophie is a global media executive with a focus on venture creation for A-list stars, including “Mike Tyson’s Legends Only League,” the sports enterprise which, in November 2020, staged the Tyson-Jones fight, the 8th most profitable pay-per-view event of all time. Previously, Watts served as the President of STX Entertainment, playing an instrumental role in the company’s formation and growth, including the establishment of a fully-fledged movie studio, and both reality and scripted TV studios. During her tenure, STX grew from a start-up into a multi-billion-dollar media company that includes several studios, and which secured capital from investors including private equity firms TPG and China-based Hony Capital; Tencent, the Chinese internet giant; Liberty Global, the media conglomerate; and PCCW, the global telecommunications provider. Early in her career, Watts worked in music film, videos and programming in London. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007, where she was a producer and financier on film projects including the award-winning documentary Bully, and the NBC show “State of Affairs”. Watts has been named one of Hollywood’s Top Dealmakers by Variety, listed in Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40, and featured in Variety’s Power of Women Report, Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power100, and in ELLE magazine’s power list.

Jeff Hood

Prior to co-founding Metacurio, Jeff was the co-founder of Block Squared Capital and a Managing Partner for Sciath Capital, as well as an advisor to numerous blockchain companies. With over 19 years in technology and consulting experience, and with extensive fundraising and M&A experience in Asia and the Middle East, Jeff is a global leader and spokesperson on leveraging the benefits of Blockchain in daily, real-world applications, and on the power of tokenization as a capital source. He has had a career that has included executive leadership roles in companies such as HCL Technologies and Zensar, as well as a successful IPO and exit with GSS Infotech.

Advisors

Lisa Parigi

Lisa Parigi is a dynamic visionary and connector. A Crypto enthusiast focused on the intersection of blockchain technology, entertainment and web 3.  “It’s a brave new world of endless possibilities” and Lisa is passionate about bringing more women into the Web3 space.

Prior to moving to the U.S., she was an executive at several Fortune 500 tech companies based in Zürich and Geneva.  Lisa’s investment portfolio includes early-stage funding for startups in blockchain driven solutions, HealthTech, Lifestyle products as well as NFT’s and fine art.

Parigi currently serves on the board of the Lionel Richie Foundation; a private grant-making foundation, that fosters entrepreneurial innovation and supports initiatives to eliminate educational disparities.

“The blockchain will change the way we connect, trade, communicate and monetize.”

Parigi’s poise and panache courses through every event & project she spearheads. With an entrepreneurial mindset and infectious passion.

Luke Mitzman

Luke Mitzman is one of the most highly respected players in the music industry and founded 100 Management in 2015 after negotiating the move for client Zane Lowe from the UK’s BBC Radio 1 to Apple to help launch Apple Music. Since then, Luke has guided the careers of some of the world’s leading talent, including global icon Usher, Grammy Award-winning super producers Cirkut (The Weeknd, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Kanye) and Alex Da Kid (Rihanna, Eminem, Imagine Dragons) and tattoo icon Dr Woo, who launched his own skincare range and has collaborated with the likes of Porsche, GAP, Levi’s, Persol, Roger Dubuis and who has 3 forthcoming TV shows.

Lauren Selig

Lauren Selig is an entrepreneur and executive with a 25-year track record of global impact in the entertainment, real-estate, technology and start-up communities. In 2013, Selig founded Shake and Bake Productions and V.A.L.I.S Studios to finance and produce high quality independent studio pictures, television and virtual reality. Selig executive produced films including the Academy Award-winning film Hacksaw Ridge, Everest, Black Mass, Lone Survivor, Begin Again, Two Night Stand and American Made. In the virtual reality space, Selig created the Facebook 360 studio. She partnered with Endemol and TIME magazine to produce the first virtual reality summit of Mt. Everest for which she won an Emmy.

Hollywood Laundromat

Founded in 2007, HollywoodLaundromat.com Inc. is a privately held company that invests in early and growth stage businesses with an emphasis on entertainment, technology and consumer facing brands. Mike Wortsman, previously the President of Univision Television Group and Chairman of Fisher Communications, alongside Greg Drobnick former President of King Sports Worldwide, play an active role across the full portfolio of projects and investments.

Simon Tikhman and Kevin “Chief” Zaruk - The Core

While a student at USC, Tikhman founded Interactive Athlete, a company to help professional athletes and coaches create digital content and branded merchandise. In 2012, Tikhman became an investor in the software development company Monclarity and developed a partnership to establish its sister company TikGames, a video game development and publishing agency. Through TikGames, Tikhman lead the development and creation of several mobile entertainment applications including DurantEmoji (with Kevin Durant) and ZaynMoji (with Zayn Malik). In 2018, Tikhman became a managing partner at The Fund by First Access Entertainment. The fund is a venture capital firm that invests in the Internet of Things, as well as in the marketing apparel, and entertainment sectors.

Kevin “Chief’ Zaruk is a Canadian entrepreneur, music manager, record executive, and investor best known for co-founding Big Loud in 2011. After over a decade of leading the groups growth and success, Big Loud merged with a venture capital fund to create Big Loud Capital and joined forces with genre-bending management group, Maverick. Zaruk is also a strategic investor in BEV, an innovative canned wine company.

In 2020, Tikhman and Zaruk joined forces to found The Core Entertainment, a 360-degree entertainment company specializing in investment and management in music, sports, film, television and technology.

Jason Aufdermaur

Jason has been an entrepreneurial attorney for 20 years. He enjoys his time working with experienced business owners in both publicly and privately-held businesses and has had success counseling such clients due to his own experience as an entrepreneur and investor, understanding the goals and nuances associated with both business structures. Jason was born in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin receiving a B.A in economics in 1994. Jason received his law degree from Vermont Law School in 1997.