CEO & Co-founder
Kevin Frakes is the founder and CEO of PalmStar Media Capital. A producer of more than 45 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 an advisor to a number of media investment companies, including Merced Capital and Windy Hill Pictures.
In June of 2017, Kevin became the Co-CEO of National Lampoon after PalmStar acquired all of the assets of the well-known comedy brand. Kevin is also currently developing the film adaptation of the international best-selling novel, “The Alchemist” with TriStar. 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.
Manager & Co-founder
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.
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,vStephan sits on the board of thevHeineman Foundation, based in New York, and on the board of its sister organization the Heineman-Stiftung, based in Berlin.vThe aims of the foundations are to give financial support to educational, artistic, cause based and scientific non-profit institutions. Stephan resides in Los Angeles.
Executive Vice President of Strategic Development
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 The 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.
Ryan Kreston is a Creative Associate at PalmStar. His responsibilities include managing daily office operations, project development and assisting with PalmStar’s slate of films in production. He’s had past experience working for companies including CBS and Robert Zemeckis’ 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.
Brandon Tamburri serves as a Creative Associate for PalmStar and is responsible for handling administrative duties, bringing in new projects and working with producers on PalmStar’s slate of upcoming films. Brandon comes from an entrepreneurial background and co-founded the sports memorabilia and marketing company, TPR Sports Memorabilia while still attending college. He has also 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’s Degree in Business Administration, while majoring in Family Business and Entrepreneurship and minoring in film studies.