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Rick Stevens

Cygnus Companies LLC/Beatchain Ltd.
CEO and Managing Partner
Rick Stevens is CEO of Cygnus Companies LLC, a private equity and advisory firm focused on strategic opportunities in entertainment, media and the intersection of technology and entertainment. In addition to his role at Cygnus, Stevens is Senior Entertainment Industry Advisor of client Beatchain Ltd. Fuelled by proprietary AI, automation and data science, Beatchain provides the functionality of a major label, distributor, promoter and manager in one place, empowering creators to build a career and a brand on their own terms.

Prior to founding Cygnus, Stevens was CEO of Y Entertainment Group LLC, the entertainment acquisition and operations company of private equity firm, The Yucaipa Companies. Y Entertainment was founded by Stevens and Ronald W. Burkle. Under Stevens, Y Entertainment acquired or started and operates music, comedy, literary and television talent agencies, tv production and talent management entities. In music, the company represented stars including Billy Joel, Metallica, Linkin Park, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Hall & Oates, and Rod Stewart; in TV and comedy: Julie Chen, Heidi Klum, Colin Quinn and Samantha Bee; in lifestyle: Curtis Stone, Gail Simmons and Nina Garcia; and represented a plethora of leading authors and best-sellers in the literary space.