Longtime CAA agent Scott Lonker has been named president of Kimmelot, the nascent media company set up by Jimmy Kimmel and Wheelhouse Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery.
When Lonker takes his post in the coming weeks, his responsibilities will include overseeing all aspects of creative and business while interfacing with Kimmel, Montgomery and the Wheelhouse team.
Launched last fall as a “creative lab”, Kimmelot is creating content in the unscripted, scripted, digital, app/mobile-based spaces. Kimmelot sits alongside the unscripted production company Spoke Studios and digital content company Portal A in the Wheelhouse Entertainment roster.
Based in New York, Lonker has been a TV packaging agent in the alternative department at CAA for nearly eight years, representing such unscripted producers as Truly Original (Deal or No Deal); Matador (Lip Sync Battle); Love Productions (Great American Baking Show); BBCWorldwide (Dancing with the Stars); and Raw (Three Identical Strangers) among others.
The agent also reps filmmakers such as Joe Berlinger (Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes) and RJ Cutler (The World According to Dick Cheney); as well as Nick Cannon and his company NCredible Entertainment
“Only an opportunity of this magnitude, and working closely and directly on creative with the likes of Jimmy and Brent – could have propelled this change,” said Lonker, in a statement. “I am beyond appreciative for the support of my colleagues at CAA, and plan to continue being able to work with them as we grow Kimmelot in the coming months and years.”
“Scott is smart, creative, experienced and well-liked and, while the fact that he decided to leave a great job at CAA to run Kimmelot does make me question his instincts, I’m sure it will all work out fine,” quipped Kimmel, while Montgomery added that he was “thrilled to work so closely with a longtime friend.”