Katz, who has over 20 years of experience in the music content and talent business..
and will oversee FaZe Clan’s content, talent, merchandise, consumer goods, sponsorships and esports businesses. Katz will report to FaZe Clan CEO Lee Trink.
“FaZe Clan sits at the intersection of gaming, creator economy and culture, all of which we believe is leading the growth of Web3,” says Lee Trink, CEO of FaZe Clan. “We are squarely focused on building the future and by adding Zach to our team, we are gaining a proven leader who has extensive experience in working with innovative, cultural brands. Through my long standing relationship with Zach, I trust that he will help catapult our company into the next phase of growth, and bring operational excellence to FaZe as we become a public company.”
As President and COO, Katz will work closely with the senior leadership team to grow the brand, prioritizing global expansion and developing new revenue-driving, innovative verticals. In his operations role, Katz will be focused on building internal systems that maximize efficiency, and foster a company environment that meets the demands and goals of the growing brand.
“Building on FaZe Clan’s leadership in youth culture, our goal is to further push the boundaries of gaming to drive innovation in entertainment,” says Katz. “I can’t imagine a more exciting moment to join FaZe Clan’s passionate team and community.”
Katz began his career as a music attorney, then moved into music management, representing prominent artists, producers and songwriters. From there, he co-founded and served as CEO of the record label and music publishing company Beluga Heights in partnership with Sony Music, and later, Warner Brothers Records. Katz also served as Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, and then President of Records, Publishing and Operations of artist-centric, global music company BMG and co-founded and served as CEO of music-tech investment fund Raised In Space Enterprises, which focuses on raising the value of music via investments in forward-thinking founders and technology. He earned a J.D. from Loyola School of Law in Los Angeles and a B.A. from The University of Southern California.
FaZe Clan announced in October 2021, its plans to merge with B. Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp. (NASDAQ: BRPM) (“BRPM”), a special purpose acquisition company, to become a publicly traded company. The transaction is expected to close by July 2022.
ABOUT FAZE CLAN
FaZe Clan is a digital-native lifestyle and media platform rooted in gaming and youth culture, reimagining traditional entertainment for the next generation. Founded in 2010 by a group of kids on the internet, FaZe Clan was created for and by Gen Z and Millennials, and today operates across multiple verticals with transformative content, tier-one brand partnerships, a collective of notable talent, and fashion and consumer products. Reaching over 500 million followers across social platforms globally, FaZe Clan delivers a wide variety of entertainment spanning video blogs, lifestyle and branded content, gaming highlights and live streams of highly competitive gaming tournaments. FaZe Clan’s roster of more than 85 influential personalities consists of engaging content creators, esports professionals, world-class gamers and a mix of talent who go beyond the world of gaming, including NFL star Kyler “FaZe K1” Murray, Lebron “FaZe Bronny” James Jr., Lil Yachty aka “FaZe Boat” and Snoop Dogg aka “FaZe Snoop.” Its gaming division includes ten competitive esports teams who have won over 30 world championships. FaZe Clan recently announced plans to go public through a merger with B. Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp. (NASDAQ: BRPM), a special purpose acquisition company. Learn more at fazeclan.com/public. For more information, visit www.fazeclan.com, investor.fazeclan.com and follow FaZe Clan on Twitter, https://www.instagram.com/fazeclan/?hl=en, YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch.
BRPM is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. BRPM began trading on the NASDAQ on February 19, 2021 following its initial public offering. Its shares of Class A common stock, units and warrants trade under the ticker symbols BRPM, BRPMU and BRPMW, respectively. BRPM is sponsored by an affiliate of B. Riley Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: RILY).