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C21May iPad

Montgomery, Kimmel set up prodco

The former CEO of ITV America, Brent Montgomery, is teaming up with comedian and chatshow host Jimmy Kimmel on a new production venture.

Brent Montgomery

Kimmelot will become part of Wheelhouse Entertainment, the New York- and LA-based firm Montgomery unveiled in January after leaving ITV America.

Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, will become a partner in Wheelhouse as part of the deal.

Wheelhouse Entertainment was launched as a talent partnership and content factory and Kimmelot will serve as a “creative lab” as part of that, operating in the unscripted, scripted, digital and app/mobile-based areas.

Jimmy Kimmel

Montgomery’s three-year tenure running ITV America saw it make strategic investments in celebrity-based content deals, forging partnerships with John Cena, Michael Strahan and Bethenny Frankel.

Kimmel said: “Brent’s vision for Wheelhouse Entertainment is simple and brilliant and I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of it. 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.”

Montgomery added: “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.”

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