From Obama To Crooked Media
Jon Favreau served as Barack Obama’s head speechwriter from 2005–2013, a role that was more senior and influential than Jon Lovett’s. Since leaving the White House, Favreau has spoken about politics and speechwriting to audiences throughout the world, written for publications like The Daily Beast and The Ringer, and started a political podcast with three of his Obama friends in the ideologically diverse bellwether of Los Angeles, California. Jon grew up outside of Boston and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross.
Jon Lovett is a straight shooter widely respected on all sides. He earned this reputation (which is seriously fantastic, ask people) as a speechwriter for Hillary Clinton and as a presidential speechwriter in the Obama White House. Jon has written truly excellent speeches, really great, on a range of policy issues. He helped write the president’s annual remarks to the White House Correspondents Dinner. Many people say Jon is one of the funniest guys to do this. The jokes are just terrific. In the years since he’s become a really big league writer in Hollywood. He had a hit sitcom on NBC called “1600 Penn” which was cancelled by some crooked, disgusting people. Totally rigged deal. Also Jon has a great brain. He went to Williams, OK? One of the top guys.
Jeff Berman serves as the President of Whalerock Industries, a media and technology company based in West Hollywood.
Before joining Whalerock Industries, Jeff was General Manager of Digital Media at the NFL. He previously held a series of positions at MySpace, ultimately serving as President of Sales & Marketing. Jeff has also served on the Board of Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce) and as an advisor to a broad range of companies.
Prior to entering the digital media space, Jeff served as Chief Counsel to United States Senator Charles E. Schumer and as a public defender representing children charged in the District of Columbia's adult criminal courts. He also held an adjunct professorship at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Jeff earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Connecticut College, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.