09/16/2013 01:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

New Media Moguls Rising

2013-09-14-MediaMogulspix.jpgMerging Silicon Valley with Hollywood these talented men are juggling active careers in show business and titans of social media platforms. Leading the way actor ("Two and a Half Men", "No Strings Attached"), director ("Punk'd"), investor and producer Ashton Kutcher 's Katalyst Networks launched utilizing entertainment content, advertising, and online audience development via video,Twitter, blogs, texts, and mobile. Ashton has been an early adopter of Twitter and with A-Grade partners Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary an equity investor in social media and tech companies (Skype, Spotify, Flipboard, Foursquare). Called by Fast Company as one of the "Most Influential Companies," Katalyst Network has a slate of film and television production. His division Katlyst Media provides award winning content to a roster of blue chip clients like Kelloggs, Mountain Dew, Levis. Hip Hop artist, actor and producer Sean Combs has been an entrepreneur since he began in the music business with Bad Boy Records producing other artists. His media and lifestyle brand (clothing, fragrance, spirits, restaurants) evolved and Bad Boy Entertainment Group expanded all while acting in film, television and Broadway ("A Raisin in the Sun"). Sean became executive producer on the Oscar nominated documentary, "Undefeated " and reality television shows such as "Making the Band". His new media startup Revolt TV devoted to music is actively recruiting talent in partnership with Time Warner Cable.
Actor ("Loper", "50/50") Joseph Gordon-Levitt just made his feature film directorial debut with "Don Jon" co-starring Scarlett Johansson. His new media company, Hit RECord Joe is an open collaborative production company for writers, filmmakers, musicians and artist. Joe 's Hit RECord has a television deal with Participant Media's new channel Pivot to produce a variety show featuring artists from his collaborative with him as the host.
Actor ("Entourage"),director and documentary producer ("Teenage Paparazzo", "How to Make Money selling Drugs") Adrian Grenier 's social media platform, SHFT content is devoted to green initiatives and sustainability in culture and lifestyle. SHFT has an profound mission and impressive board of directors including Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson. Adrian has been tapped by Hulu to produce, "Don't Quit your Daydream", a show featuring undiscovered musicians matching them with famous artists for a chance at stardom. Respect Ashton Kutcher is a statesman for social media and tech ventures. Fittingly Ashton played Apple founder Steve Jobs in "Jobs" who defined the new media moguls of the future, "It's hard to tell with these Internet startups if they're really interested in building companies or if they're just interested in the money. I can tell you, though: If they don't really want to build a company, they won't luck into it. That's because it's so hard that if you don't have a passion, you'll give up.". Passion these guys got that.