Jimmy Kimmel’s Kimmelot Gets New President


CAA’s Scott Lonker has been named president of Kimmelot, the new media company created by Jimmy Kimmel and Wheelhouse Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery.

Prior to joining Kimmelot, Lonker served as a TV packaging agent in the alternative television department at CAA for nearly eight years. At CAA, he represented unscripted producers such as Truly Original (The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Deal or No Deal), Matador (Lip Sync Battle), Love Productions (Great American Baking Show), BBC Studios (Dancing with the Stars) and Condé Nast (Last Chance U). He also represented filmmakers Joe Berlinger and RJ Cutler, among others.

Lonker, who kicked off his career in the industry in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency, also previously held the role of VP of unscripted development at A&E Television Networks.

Kimmel and Montgomery’s Kimmelot, a part of Wheelhouse Entertainment, aims to create unscripted, scripted, digital and app/mobile-based content. Its initial projects are focused on comedy.

Kimmel said: “I could not be more excited. 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.”

Montgomery added: “BINGO—I’m thrilled to work so closely with a longtime friend, and the guy with the ‘laugh’ and the ‘notebook of ideas….’”

Lonker commented: “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 the trenches with from the beginning. 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. 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.”