01 about

Dedicated to Converting Market Opportunities into Breakthrough Businesses through Counsel & Capital

CGR.Ventures is a private strategic advisory and investment platform focused on opportunities in Media, Entertainment and Technology.


Founded in 2012, CGR was established in Fort Greene, Brooklyn by Chris Gannett, former CMO of AMERICAN IDOL owner and producer CORE Media Group following the company's acquisition by Apollo Global Management.

Our approach combines entrepreneurial discipline with deep sector expertise to enable founders, innovation leaders and their teams to disrupt existing models and build new markets. 

We are operator-first because we were operators first. Specific areas of interest include ContentConsumer Tech, SaaS, Subscription Commerce, and Data


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03 approach

Brand x Technology x Content x Data

We back operators who challenge convention, imagine the future, and bring it to life. 


We advise and invest alongside leading organizations, entrepreneurs, investors, and sports and entertainment talent across the private, public and social sectors, and arm our companies with expertise to define fields of opportunity, create powerful brand concepts, launch and grow products, and design operational structures to own the next horizon of innovation. 

As each engagement demands, we may align in partnership with our network of supportive Advisory Partners, each of whom shares a commitment to help management teams execute their strategic growth plans. 

04 team


Building Businesses in Culture Since 1995​

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Chris Gannett

Founder & Managing Partner

Chris is also President of portfolio company EarBuds. He is an experienced C-level operator and marketing leader with a record of high-impact venture, growth-stage, and turnaround successes. Chris earned his B.S. from The University of Kansas and M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.


Transaction Experience

  • CORE Media Group acquired by Apollo (NYSE: APO)

  • Blaze Media merged with CRTV

  • Notara acquired by Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG)

Institutional Experience

  • Investor, NextGen Venture Partners

  • Limited Partner, Santa Barbara Venture Partners

  • Vice President, Citi Institutional Clients Group

Advisory Partners

Our part-time Advisory Partners are well-networked, deep thinking practitioners with powerful complementary expertise:

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Alison Moore

Chief Executive Officer

Comic Relief

New York, NY

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DeJuan Wilson

SVP, Consumer Revenue & Marketing


New York, NY

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Gregg Bernard


Matrix Capital Management

New York, NY

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Akinwole Garrett

Global Head of  Telco Alliances


Raleigh-Durham, NC

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Brian Freeman

Founder & Chief Executive Officer


Los Angeles, CA


05 contact

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