A fourth generation Los Angeles native, Kirk attended New York’s historic Trinity-Pawling Preparatory Academy. Then moving on to New York’s Hofstra University, where he attended business school with a concentration in Financial Accounting. After College he was a Financial Analyst and Royalty Analyst for both Sony Music and the Universal Music Groups, taking part in the merger of Sony BMG in 2005 and Universal Music Groups acquisition of Sanctuary Music (Robert Plant, Elton John, Black Sabbath, etc) in 2007; as well as working closely with the catalogs of Interscope, Geffen and A&M at Universal and RCA at Sony.
In 2008 Kirk joined the William Morris Agency, now William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), working on Celebrity Endorsements and Television Packaging for the Agency until 2015. Starting on the legendary William Morris Agency side, he saw the transition of the merger and the seamless blending of the Endeavor Agency culture to form WME in 2009. At WME, he worked on and helped package with such companies as A.SMITH & Co (Hells Kitchen, American Ninja Warrior, etc), DAVID LEEPSON (Rich Kids of Beverly Hills), ROY BANK (Smarter Than A 5th Grader) and more.
During his tenure in WME’s Celebrity Endorsement Group he worked on such deals as SOFIA VERGARA and Covergirl, EMMA STONE and Revlon, ARETHA FRANKLIN and Snickers, and JULIANNA MARGULIES and L’Oreal among many others.
In 2015, Jesse Moved from WME to CDS Collective Digital Studios/Collective Management (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Digital, Clint Black, Logan Paul, etc) a division of the German Media conglomerate ProSieben.
From there Jesse moved over to become the Talent and Brand sales liaison for the AT&T and Peter Chernin (Former Fox/New Corp Head and owner of Ottor Media) owned Fullscreen Media, before coming to SME.
Why I love what I do
Everyday there is an opportunity to do great things and add value, while working with a great team at SME.