James A. Wiatt
Los Angeles, CA
One of the most well-respected senior executives in the global media and entertainment industry, Jim Wiatt served as chairman and chief executive officer of the William Morris Agency (WMA) from 1999 until May 2009. Wiatt oversaw all areas of the entertainment company, including motion picture, television, music, publishing, theater, digital, commercial endorsements, sports marketing, business development, investments, and corporate consulting. The company, with offices in Beverly Hills, New York, Nashville, Miami Beach, London, and Shanghai, surged to record scale and profitability under Wiatt's leadership. During his tenure, Wiatt initiated innovative deals, including the "Mailroom Fund," a partnership with leading venture capital firms Accel Partners and Venrock Associates and communications giant AT&T to fund technology companies. He also helped create YouTube Gold, a new web company, to create professional content. Additionally, he was advisor for such deals as the sale of entertainment company Reveille to Shine. Wiatt was the architect of the merger between WMA and Endeavor Agency forming William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) in 2009. WME instantly became a major force in the media landscape.
Before joining WMA, Wiatt was co-chairman and co-CEO of International Creative Management (ICM). Among his accomplishments at ICM, he helped take the company from public to private sector and led the business to growth in stature, market share, and profitability during his 22-year tenure at the company.
Wiatt started CIW Consulting in the fall of 2009. He has consulted for YouTube and several private companies. He is a consultant to AOL as well as a former member of the Board of Directors. He is the Executive Chairman of Reel FX, an animation, live action, and financing entertainment company. Jim is also a Board Advisor to Amplify LA, an innovative incubator to fund technology and entertainment start-ups.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Wiatt is also a member of the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cancer Research Institute. He is Chairman of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, and serves as an Advisor to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Executive Board for the Medical Sciences.
Wiatt resides in Los Angeles with his family.