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.
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 served as strategic advisor and a former member of the Board of Directors to AOL, a partner and advisor to G2 Investment Group, and a Board Member of Reel FX. Jim is a founder and Board advisor to Amplify LA, an innovative incubator to fund technology and entertainment start-ups. He has consulted for YouTube as well as several private companies. Lastly, he is a partner in New Form Digital, to create short form content. The other partners include Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Discovery Networks.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Wiatt is a member of the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is also Chairman of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, and an Advisor to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Executive Board for the Medical Sciences.