About Us

About Us

EFA's founders have over 90 years of finance and entertainment experience and have been immersed in the entertainment, media and technology sectors. Since forming in 2009, EFA has been retained by over 190 clients to arrange capital and advise on mergers and acquisitions, complete industry analyses, business plans, divestitures, investment opportunities, restructuring plans and general business strategy.

Ralph Willis

Ralph Willis - Managing Partner

Ralph has been in the finance sector for over 35 years. Prior to forming EFA, Ralph was a Managing Director for GE Capital where he founded and led the entertainment unit of the Media, Communications & Entertainment business from 2004 to 2009. He was responsible for leading a team of sales and risk professionals that closed and managed over $3 billion of transactions in the entertainment sectors including film exhibition (theaters, digital cinema), leisure (theme parks, ski resorts, FECs, sports), production (film, music), and casinos.

From 2001 to 2004, Ralph was with GE as a Managing Director responsible for leading teams of risk professionals that managed a $500 million entertainment portfolio and a $500 million distressed debt portfolio. He was with Heller Financial from 1999 to 2001 where he was a founding member of Heller’s EMX group that focused on the entertainment sector. Ralph has also held finance positions with Gilman Financial Services, the financing unit of a privately held paper company, and with CIS Corporation, a technology leasing company. 

Ralph is very involved with his local community. For the past 12 years he had been on the board of the Human Services Council in Norwalk, Connecticut that provides services for at-risk youth in the area. Previously, for five years he was a leader for GE Capital’s efforts with the 'Children's Connection' collecting holiday gifts for children in the foster care system. In 2008, Ralph was nominated for GE’s prestigious Phillippe Award for outstanding community volunteer leadership. He was also previously on the board of Trackside, the teen center of Wilton, Connecticut for four years. Ralph has been an ‘executive-in-residence’ at the University of New Haven for several years making guest lecturing appearances on the entertainment sectors. In 2021, he started making guest lecturing appearances at the University of West Florida.

Ralph has a B.S. in Marketing from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He has Series 7 and 63 licenses and is an investment banking representative under FINRA. Ralph and his wife reside in Wilton, Connecticut.

Brandt Gully

Brandt Gully - Managing Partner

Brandt has over twenty five years of experience in financial services. Prior to forming EFA, he was with GE Capital’s Media, Communications and Entertainment business for eight years. His most recent role with the group was as a Vice President of Originations to the entertainment unit that closed and managed over $3 billion of transactions to the entertainment sectors including film exhibition (theatres, digital cinema, 3D),  leisure (theme parks, ski resorts, FECs, sports), production (film, video games) and casinos. In this role, Brandt served as GE Capital’s sole sales and relationship manager for film exhibition and established strong relationships with most theatre operators and digital cinema companies.

Prior to this, Brandt served in several other capacities in GE Capital’s media division. In 2005, he moved to London to lend his media and entertainment expertise to the newly formed European media and entertainment group as they established a presence in these sectors. During 2004, Brandt helped form GE Capital’s Special Situations Group, where he focused on originating and closing deals for companies with distressed capital structures. This role included establishing relationships with many of the major debt brokerages and financial intermediaries in order to identify opportunities. 

From 2000 through 2003, Brandt served in a risk capacity where he underwrote new debt and equity deals and managed a portfolio of transactions across many sectors, including film exhibition, television programming, sports franchises, radio/television broadcasting, publishing and telecommunications.

Before joining GE Capital in 2000, Brandt served as a controller of a technology company serving the auto parts industry. Prior to that, he spent five years as an auditor for Ernst & Young, where he managed financial audits for media, communication, healthcare and manufacturing companies.

Brandt is a licensed CPA in the state of Georgia. He has Series 7 and 63 licenses and is an investment banking representative under FINRA. He received his accounting degree from Samford University in 1995.  He, his wife, and their three daughters currently reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kenny Favre

Kenny Favre - Managing Partner

Kenny has over thirty years of experience in entertainment finance and entertainment production. Prior to forming EFA, he was with GE Capital from 2001 to 2008, most recently as Vice President of Originations in the entertainment unit of GE Capital’s Media, Communications & Entertainment business that closed and managed over $3 billion of financing to the entertainment sectors including film exhibition (theatres, digital cinema), leisure (theme parks, ski resorts, FECs, sports), production (film, music, video games) and casinos. The group delivered a unique perspective to its clients through its relationship with GE Capital’s sister company, NBC Universal, and Kenny was instrumental in establishing a wide network of NBCU relationships in the digital cinema, film production, film services, video games, music and sports sectors.

Prior to this, Kenny was a portfolio manager with GE Capital managing over $500 million of investments in the media, entertainment, technology and industrial sectors. From 1999 to 2001, Kenny was with Heller Financial’s EMX group that provided financing for the entertainment and media sectors. He was primarily responsible for underwriting new investment opportunities and managing the group’s portfolio.

Kenny brings a unique perspective to the industry with his finance experience and his years of experience in  entertainment production. Prior to his time at Heller, for ten years he was a Producer and Managing Director of the Willow Cabin Theatre Company which was an Off-Broadway theatre company based in New York City. The theatre company received critical acclaim garnering one Tony award nomination as well as three Drama Desk award nominations. Simultaneously, Kenny was employed by the Howard Gilman Foundation where he was responsible for monitoring the group’s investments.

Kenny holds an MBA from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business and a B.S. in Music from Hunter College’s Baccalaureate Program. He studied graduate level media studies and film production at The New School in New York City. He is an investment banking representative under FINRA. Kenny and his wife reside in Centerport, New York.



Affiliated with Synergy Capital I, LLC (Member of FINRA and SIPC)

Leading provider of digital media services for film and television

Background: Seasoned management team formed new film and television digital media services company and approached EFA to arrange financing for potential acquisition targets.

EFA Process: The company retained EFA to arrange acquisition financing and EFA approached several banks and specialty lenders.

Result: Closed debt financing to support two company acquisitions and working capital facility.

start quoteWe selected EFA as our advisor due to their financial experience specific to the film and television services sector. The past year has been tremendous for us as we significantly grew our business with EFA arranging financing that allowed us to execute on our growth plans very quicklyend quote

John Suh
Co-Founder and Co-President of  Pixelogic

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Television broadcast company owning and operating WGGB-TV and WGGB-TV D2, the ABC and FOX network affiliates serving the Springfield-Holyoke, MA market

Background: Initially approached by Gormally Broadcasting to arrange financing to recapitalize the company and fund planned acquisition growth. EFA became company’s sell-side advisor when industry changes and market forces made exploring a sale a more advantageous and financially rewarding strategic option for the company.

EFA Process: EFA was successful in securing financing commitments to fund a recapitalization and several acquisitions during the initial engagement focus. However, marketplace dynamics noted above resulted in EFA recommending a company sale. EFA provided a tailored, results-oriented approach from start to finish.

Result: EFA identified Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) as the leading buyer and managed all aspects of the sale, maximizing the sales price received for the company.

start quoteIt was a pleasure working with Dave Harrington and the team at EFA. Through Dave’s deep industry knowledge, relationships and marketplace expertise, we were able to maximize the ultimate value of our company’s broadcast assets. end quote

John Gormally,
Founder, Owner and President of Gormally Broadcasting

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Growing movie theatre company that provides an in-theatre dining experience with over 300 screens throughout the US

Background: Longtime client that initially approached EFA seeking junior capital to grow its business.

EFA Process: After reviewing the company's capital structure and growth plans EFA recommended a financing structure that would recapitalize the company and provide significant growth capital.

Result: Closed three financings that recapitalized the company and provided growth for new theatres. Studio Movie Grill also retained EFA for M&A opportunities and to assist with restructuring process.

start quoteWe were delighted to work with the EFA Partners team on our second successful financing with them. Their wide range of capital markets experience, banking relationships and deep knowledge of the cinema and location-based entertainment industries made them the perfect choice to assist with our financing efforts, which support SMG's active growth strategy. end quote

Brian Schultz,
Owner, founder and President of Studio Movie Grill

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Television and motion picture post-production and digital content management services

Background: Company approached EFA seeking refinancing of its debt subsequent to other advisors attempting to do so with a combination of senior debt and equity.

EFA Process: After reviewing its capital structure EFA recommended a debt structure to fully refinance the company's debt.

Result: Closed senior debt facility that refinanced the company's existing debt, which was much more cost-effective than equity.

start quoteThe EFA team proposed a creative strategy to recapitalize Modern VideoFilm that met our needs in a way that was unique and different from what other financial advisory firms proposed to us. We appreciated their understanding of the entertainment industry and EFA's extensive financial relationships and we look forward to continuing our relationship. end quote

Moshe Barkat,
CEO and President of Modern VideoFilm

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Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's well established movie theatre company - with almost 300 screens located throughout the US

Background: Landmark approached EFA for an equipment financing to convert its screens from 35mm to digital projection.

EFA Process: While the company had many financing options given its strong ownership, its management was busy with business operations and retained EFA to handle the digital conversion financing process.

Result: Closed equipment financing facility utilized for all of its digital projectors. EFA led all aspects of the financing including negotiation of complex digital cinema conversion agreements.

start quoteEFA's unique knowledge and experience with film exhibition and digital cinema was extremely helpful in leading our financing process. Landmark prides itself in providing the best customer experience to its patrons and we are excited that this financing will allow us to continue that with our digital conversion. end quote

Sky Hansen,
Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Theatres

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Provider of digital information services to the film industry

Background: Company approached EFA seeking funding to refinance debt and provide growth capital.

EFA Process: After reviewing its capital structure and growth plans, EFA approached the specialty lender market and arranged debt facility. Subsequently, company retained EFA as sell-side advisor. 

Result: Arranged debt for refinaning existing debt and for growth. Also, handled sale process from start to close for successful sale of business.

start quoteIt was a pleasure to work with the team at EFA Partners who served as our advisor on the sale of West World Media. Through deep industry knowledge, relationships and marketplace expertise, we were able to achieve a successful outcome. end quote

Brett West
Founder and President of West World Media

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Television industry management group formed to manage and operate US TV stations

Background: Huntington approached EFA seeking capital for potential television station acquisitions.

EFA Process: EFA understood that private equity firms and lenders are seeking experienced management teams to back for acquisition opportunities in the television sector.

Result: EFA has introduced the company to several private equity firms as well as senior lenders, resulting in bids for groups of television stations and the company continues to seek other opportunities, with EFA’s assistance.

start quoteWe are acutely aware of the trends that are transforming the local broadcast TV business and have recently begun to explore opportunities to acquire stations. We are very excited about the prospects for the industry and the opportunities to capitalize upon. We are also pleased to have EFA Partners as our financial advisor as their many years of media industry experience and extensive financial relationships will help us accomplish our goal of building a best-in-class station group.

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David Tynan,
CEO of Huntington Broadcast Management Group

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