Comedian, writer, producer and late-night TV staple Jimmy Kimmel is partnering with Brent Montgomery and his Wheelhouse Entertainment to establish a “creative lab” that will operate in the unscripted, scripted, mobile and digital spaces.
Kimmelot will be based in Los Angeles and operate under Wheelhouse, with Kimmel also becoming a partner in Montgomery’s company.
Wheelhouse was established in January of 2018, after Montgomery left his post as CEO of ITV America. At the time of launch, it was described as a venture that would create talent-driven partnerships as well as create and invest in “360 businesses”, while also creating content and marketing opportunities for various platforms and companies.
As such, Kimmelot, the biggest talent partnership struck by Montgomery to date, will be geared towards, according to a release from the partners, “transcending content and production, and including marketing and brand-building across Wheelhouse’s emerging lines of business outside of entertainment.”
The deal was brokered by WME/Dixon Talent; by law firms DLA Piper, and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman; and by Wheelhouse’s president and general counsel, Rob Lia and chief strategy officer, Edward Simpson.
Kimmel is repped by Dixon Talent. Among his executive producing credits are The Man Show for Comedy Central, three seasons of The Andy Milonakis Show for MTV, five seasons of Crank Yankers for Comedy Central/MTV and 16 seasons of Jimmy Kimmel Live for ABC.
“Brent’s vision for Wheelhouse Entertainment is simple and brilliant and I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of it,” said Kimmel via a statement. “Brent and I have a nice balance of monkey and business. Kimmelot will be a place where ideas are made real, from concept to completion.”
There’s a saying – ‘If you want something done, give it to a busy person,’” said Montgomery. “That sentiment, along with Jimmy’s talent, heart, creative curiosity and crazy stamina make him an enigmatic superhero of comedy, and of writing, producing and industry building.
“We’re both excited to build a haven for the best talent in the business that want to cut through some of the proverbial red tape and get stuff done,” he added. “I’m truly humbled to collaborate with Jimmy in our Wheelhouse/Kimmelot partnership, and am ready for the ride of a lifetime.”