Talent Discovery

Jeff Vespa

Jeff Vespa is the C.E.O and Founder of Verge. He is one of the co-founders of WireImage the largest entertainment photo agency in the world. His photography has been featured in numerous publications including Vanity Fair, New York Times, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, Elle, InStyle and People Magazine. In 2007, WireImage sold to GettyImages.

He was previously the Editor-at-Large for LIFE Magazine’s LIFE.com for 3 years and the West Coast Special Projects Editor of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine for 7 years.

In 2010, he partnered with Kathy Grayson to pick up where the famous New York art gallery Deitch Projects left off with the new gallery called The Hole.

Vespa also runs a film development and production company. In 2016 Vespa directed his first feature film entitled Amre starring Abbie Cornish. He also directed the short film Nosebleed starring David Arquette which screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Critics Week. Vespa’s producing credits include the documentary $ellebrity which focuses on the history of publicity, gossip and paparazzi in Hollywood. The film has become the most watched documentary on Showtime. He has produced three films for the fine art photographer Alex Prager, her first short film entitled Despair screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2011. Other credits include the 1996 and 1997 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, the 1997 AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Lifetime Television Movie RITUALS starring Isaiah Washington and Regina King which screened at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival.

Prior to WireImage Vespa worked in the film business at New Line Cinema and then at Warner Bros. in international distribution at both studios. Vespa received his BFA in Film at the San Francisco Art Institute, after which he attended the Masters Program for Producing at the American Film Institute.