Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Brittany Murphy and Jeff Kwatinetz

Jeff Kwatinetz was the CEO of a talent management company called The Firm.


He has worked with many celebrities,[1] including music acts Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Clarkson and actors Samuel L. Jackson and Vin Diesel.

Jeff Kwatinetz founded the company in 1997 to quickly become one of the top management and production companies in the industry representing talent in all facets of entertainment.[2] He has been successful in breaking, developing and managing the careers of artists such as KoRn, Limp Bizkit, Backstreet Boys,Snoop Dogg, Enrique Iglesias, Vin Diesel, Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, OneRepublic, Rachel Weisz, Audioslave, Pete Yorn, Puddle of Mudd, and many more. The Firm acquired Artist Management Group in 2002 to add high-profile television and film industry managers and clients such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Benicio del Toro, Bill Condon and Martin Scorsese and expand into an all-encompassing entertainment management and production company.

2005 Mass Exodus

The Firm survived a massive exodus of execs and clients back in 2005 when, JoAnne Colonna, a manager of the company's film talent department, left with her clients that includes Anna Paquin, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brittany Murphy (Kwatinetz's one-time fiance), and Brendan Fraser. Only weeks before, her co-manager, Aleen Keshishian, had also left with clients Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Laura Linney and Freddie Prinze Jr. And those moves followed the departures of the co-managers of the music department when Simon Renshaw took with him the Dixie Chicks, Clay Aiken and Anastacia, and Andy Gould left with Rob Zombie.


Kwatinetz has been a controversial figure in the industry especially in connection with such clients as Britney Spears. On September 17, 2007 he released the following statement: "It saddens us to confirm media reports that we have terminated our professional relationship with Britney Spears. We have represented Britney for the past month. We believe Britney is enormously talented, and has made a terrific record. But current circumstances have prevented us from properly doing our job. We wish Britney the best."[3]

Departure From The Firm/Creation of Prospect Park

Kwatinetz left The Firm in late 2008. He's expected to start his own music, film and television management firm and film and TV production company. [1] Jeff has now started his new Management/Record company Prospect Park, and recently signed a deal with Vancouver/LA based band, Like a Storm. Other clients include the Backstreet Boys and Korn.


Kwatinetz attended Marlboro High School, in Marlboro, New Jersey. He attended Northwestern University. He holds a Harvard Law degree, Juris Doctor.


1.^ "Firm Believer". Washington Post. 2002-07-08. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A36656-2002Jul7?language=printer. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
2.^ Waxman, Sharon (March 19, 2004), "Leading Hollywood Talent and Marketing Companies Merge", New York Times, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D01E7D81331F93AA25750C0A9629C8B63&sec=&spon=&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink 3.^ "Manager dumps Britney Spears". ABC News. 2007-09-19. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/09/19/2037242.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-21.

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