Bret Pearlman is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Elevation Partners. Bret has extensive experience as a private equity investor in large-scale transactions. Bret joined The Blackstone Group in 1989 as the firm's first analyst.
From 2000 through mid-2004, Bret was one of eleven Senior Managing Directors whose primary responsibility was investing Blackstone's third and fourth core private equity funds, as well as its media and communications private equity fund. Under the guidance of Blackstone's senior management, as a senior managing director, Bret worked as a key senior member of transaction teams engaged in all aspects of a transaction including sourcing, evaluating, structuring, monitoring, and, where applicable, harvesting investments. In some instances, he accomplished these tasks in conjunction with other senior managing directors of the private equity group.
Bret graduated from the Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics, with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School, as well as a B.S. in Engineering, with a concentration in computer science from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering. Bret serves on the board of directors of SDI Media.
Elevation Partners is a newly formed private equity firm that makes large-scale investments in market-leading media, entertainment, and consumer-related businesses. We focus on investing in intellectual property and content oriented businesses, as well as traditional media and entertainment companies, where we can partner with management to enhance growth and profitability through a combination of strategic capital and operational insight. Elevation Partners has nearly $1.9 billion in committed capital to be invested over the next six years.
We aim to help media and entertainment businesses create and market great content and insure it reaches the widest audience possible. Our investment team has a unique combination of media and entertainment knowledge and relationships, technology domain knowledge and relationships, investing experience, and operating expertise. Businesses that partner with us expect to transform themselves through the strategic use of technology and licensing, as well as improvements in core marketing, distribution, and operating processes.