Brent Montgomery’s fledgling media and marketing enterprise Wheelhouse Entertainment has launched a joint venture with author, journalist and producer Jeff Benedict.
Under the pact, Benedict (pictured, right) will work with Montgomery (left) and Wheelhouse to develop unscripted and scripted projects across the film and television landscapes, “based on Benedict’s array of intellectual property,” including the recently published biography Tiger Woods, a New York Times Best Seller co-authored with former 60 Minutes correspondent Armen Keteyian.
The first project being taken to market by the Wheelhouse- and Benedict-penned JV is a scripted limited series titled Tiger Woods.
Additional unscripted programs and feature documentaries will be developed from Benedict’s books and stories among the worlds of sports, politics, business and culture.
Among Benedict’s sports titles are The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football (co-authored by Keteyian) and QB: My Life Behind the Spiral. Other best-sellers include eminent domain exposé Little Pink House and Poisoned, chronicling the infamous Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, as well as numerous investigative articles, profiles and essays for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
“As a rabid sports fan, I had seen Jeff’s byline and read much of his work, always impressed by his insights and access into some pretty rarified worlds, but when I picked up Tiger Woods I saw what a true force Jeff really is – and a compelling way to bring the Tiger Woods story to life as one of the most moving in sports history,” said Montgomery in a statement. “IP is becoming more important than ever before and to partner with a writer of Jeff’s caliber – someone who nails perfectly the experience and emotion behind epic people and their stories – is a huge win for Wheelhouse. It’s an enormously rich pool from which to create exciting projects in and around sports, and other high-intensity environments.”