CAA agent Eric Wattenberg has joined Brent Montergomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment as chief content officer.
Wattenberg, who most recently served as co-head of alternative television at CAA, will now Wheelhouse’s entertainment endeavors across all areas of the company.
“Eric was in my first ever agency meeting and has been a colleague and friend ever since; he is one of the most respected agents in the history of unscripted and I’m thrilled, both professionally and personally, to be working with him now as my partner,” Montgomery said. “He joins us at an exciting and pivotal time, and represents a major step in building out our overall content business as we work to grow Wheelhouse Group into a home for five-star talent looking to match our ambition and momentum with the expansion of their own brands.”
During his decade-long tenure at CAA, Wattenberg represented the likes of Kelly Ripa, Andy Cohen, Nick Cannon, Hoda Kotb, Neil Patrick Harris, Billy Porter, Dr. Oz, Jenna Bush Hager, Russell Wilson, Ciara and Ted Allen.
Wattenberg said, “CAA is an incredible organization and I have been beyond blessed to work alongside some of the world’s top talent – not just on the client side, but within the walls of this remarkable agency that makes you want to be the very best – for your clients, for your partners, and for yourself. Brent’s vision for Wheelhouse Group as an aggregator of talent, content, brands and capital feels like a swing for the fences in the evolution of our business; it is a uniquely exciting, entrepreneurial prospect that I simply couldn’t pass up. I am incredibly grateful to my colleagues at CAA for the amazing opportunities and friendship they have offered me over 10 years, and I plan on continuing to work with them very closely in this new venture.”
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