As chief content officer, Eric Wattenberg oversees all entertainment endeavors for Wheelhouse Group, including maximizing opportunities for the company’s many media and talent partnerships.
From packaging long and short-form TV and digital/streaming series, to advancing scripted and feature projects, Wattenberg works across Wheelhouse Group’s talent and content arm – encompassing Kimmelot, Jimmy Kimmel’s production and media label; premium film/TV company Campfire; live entertainment and production giant Den of Thieves; digital content studio Portal A; and in-house production label Spoke Studios – as well as its in-house creative and branding agency, Wheelhouse Labs, and its growing business development and investment arm.
Prior to Wheelhouse Group, Wattenberg was head of alternative television at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), running the Alternative Programming and Packaging department.
At CAA, Wattenberg represented many of the industry’s highest-profile on-air talent, including Kelly Ripa, Andy Cohen, Nick Cannon, Hoda Kotb, Neil Patrick Harris, Billy Porter, Dr. Oz, Jenna Bush Hager, Russell Wilson, Ciara and Ted Allen, alongside such prestigious and in-demand production companies as Truly Original, Imagine Entertainment, Matador Content, Sharp Entertainment, Nick Cannon’s N’Credible and BBC Worldwide Productions. Under his guidance, CAA sold hundreds of non-scripted series over the years, including Lip Sync Battle, the 90 Day Fiancé franchise, and the Ink Master franchise.
Wattenberg joined CAA in 2009 from N.S. Bienstock, Inc., and prior to that was a television agent at the William Morris Agency, specializing in program development and packaging for network, cable and syndicated television.