Jeff Sagansky, chairman, Hemisphere Capital Management; president, Global Eagle Acquisition Corp.

Dealmakers Impact Report 2011: Finance

Since leaving his last corporate day job in 2002, the former CBS, Sony and Paxson Communications exec has been focusing on his diverse portfolio of investments, which includes everything from films to Indian casino gaming.

“When you’re working with a company, you don’t really get to choose your partners,” he says. “But here, I do. It’s much more enjoyable.”

KEY DEALS: In May, he and former MGM CEO Harry Sloan closed a $190 million IPO for Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., which will use its cash combined with debt financing to acquire a single media company with high growth potential in the U.S. or abroad.

In August he helped set up Hemisphere’s latest revolving equity and debt fund to co-finance tentpole films; it has already put more than $200 million in its first four projects: “The Smurfs,” “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” and the upcoming “Men in Black III” and “World War Z.”

SPARE TIME: Archaeological digs.

TOP CAUSE: Jewish Television Network

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