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How 3 Childhood Friends With No Ad Industry Experience Became YouTube’s Longtime Agency and Made Videos for Odell Beckham and Steph Curry

Well before YouTube’s launch in 2005, college roommates Nate Houghteling and Kai Hasson were experimenting with creating bare-bones comedy sketches, inspired by “Saturday Night Live’s” Lonely Island trio. Today, despite having no formal training in advertising, they and fellow partner Zach Blume now run Portal A, a profitable and growing business that has created videos […]

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Jimmy Kimmel Prank Series “Revenge of the Nerd” Starring YouTuber Mark Rober Ordered by Discovery

Discovery has given an eight episode order to Revenge Of the Nerd (working title), an hourlong hidden-camera prank show from Jimmy Kimmel and his Kimmelot banner. It will star former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube personality Mark Rober who made national headlines a year ago with his viral hidden-camera video exacting revenge on porch pirates by creating packages […]

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Prentice Penny Scripting Film About Compton Cowboys for Fox Searchlight

EXCLUSIVE: Prentice Penny, currently the showrunner and executive producer of HBO’s comedy series Insecure, has been tapped to craft the screenplay for a feature based on true events involving the Compton Cowboys, a group of African American kids who grew up surrounded by gangs and violence in Compton, and who found rescue and purpose through […]

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The New Power of New York List 2019

Brent Montgomery Entrepreneurial innovator After the success of “Pawn Stars” at his first company, Leftfield Pictures, which he sold to ITV for $360 million in 2014, then becoming the CEO of ITV America, the reality producer last year launched the Wheelhouse Group. The 18-month-old media enterprise creates a 360-degree business model for its media, content […]

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Former Diageo Exec on Why He Joined a Jimmy Kimmel-Linked Branded Content Shop

Wheelhouse labs wants to invest in brands and build entertainment programming around them. Brent Montgomery, known for creating the reality TV show “Pawn Stars,” has launched a branded content business and hired a former Diageo executive to help get it off the ground. The venture, called Wheelhouse Labs, is part of Wheelhouse Group, which Montgomery created […]

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Andy King, Breakout Star of Fyre Festival Documentary, Strikes Talent Deal with Spoke Studios & Shops TV Project

Andy King, the breakout star of Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary, who was willing to “do whatever it took” to make the weekend happen, is set to front his own TV project after striking a talent deal with Spoke Studios. King, who is a high-profile event producer outside of his work with Billy McFarland’s chaotic con-fest, […]

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‘Crank Yankers’ Revival Series Ordered By Comedy Central — TCA

Crank Yankers is returning to Comedy Central with a 20-episode series order from original creators, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison. The revival of the half-hour comedy marks Kimmel’s first project for his newly formed production banner Kimmelot. Jonathan Kimmel will serve as showrunner and executive producer, joined by EPs/creators Kimmel, Carolla and Kellison. […]

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Comedy Central Is Bringing Back ‘Crank Yankers’ With Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla

Comedy Central is bringing back Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla’s “Crank Yankers,” the Viacom-owned cable channel revealed Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour. The revived “Crank Yankers” will get 20 new half-hour episodes from Comedy Central. Updated for a digitally driven audience, the world’s favorite profane puppets will be pranking on phones, social […]

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Scott Lonker Leaves CAA To Run Jimmy Kimmel’s Wheelhouse Entertainment-Backed Kimmelot

Lonker, who has been with the talent agency for nearly eight years, becomes president of Kimmelot, which was formed last year as a “creative lab” to produce unscripted, scripted and digital content with the late night host. Based in New York, Lonker has been responsible for packaging series including Netflix and Radical Media’s My Next […]

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CAA’s Scott Lonker Named President of Jimmy Kimmel and Brent Montgomery’s Kimmelot

Veteran CAA agent Scott Lonker has been named president of Kimmelot, the new media entity created by Jimmy Kimmel and Wheelhouse Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery. “I have had the dream job at CAA – not just because of our talented, maverick clients, but also because of the incredible team of friends who I’ve been in […]

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