• JEAN KWOLEK, Partner

    Marrying a natural strength for management with over a decade of experience in the multi-faceted entertainment industry, Jean Kwolek has built a career on building brands.

    In fall 2010, Jean partnered with a select group of entertainment industry veterans to launch Artist & Brand Management™ (A&B), to foster lucrative alliances on behalf of both talent and brands.

    After spending over five years managing talent at Handprint Entertainment, Jean joined the close-knit team at start-up it.worldwide in fall 2008. As VP of Business & Brand Development, Jean was brought on to run strategy and operations, sculpt brand DNA, craft business and financial plans and essentially drive product concepts from idea to inception. Jean oversaw the firm’s successful signing of a hit television show for its consumer product extension design as well as the firm’s first consumer product creation, a spirit brand and the brainchild of five high-profile media executives, through to a multi-million dollar investment in early 2010.

    During her tenure with Handprint, Jean managed projects for her clients including the development and production of two-time Emmy Award winner The Tyra Banks Show, on which she served as an Executive of Handprint Productions. She guided the expansion of the America’s Next Top Model platform into a lifestyle brand sold to retailer, Walmart; the creation of the House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line, Nicole Richie’s much anticipated entrance into fashion; and Usher Raymond’s global album and tour brand integration deal with Sony Ericsson. Jean was responsible for overseeing over $100 million of celebrity-driven sales.

    Jean’s development experience has crossed television/film, music, publishing, live entertainment, product creation/financing sponsorship, endorsement, licensing, digital, advertising, promotion, publicity, philanthropy, and beyond.

    Jean graduated with honors from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, with a B.S. in Marketing, and she resides in Los Angeles, CA.