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Jerry Kolber, the founder of Atomic Entertainment

Kolber grew up in South Florida, the part that isn’t called Miami. He was an avid cyclist, theater kid, nationally ranked Lincoln-Douglas debater, daydreamer, smartass, and school skipper.

He showed early promise as an innovative storyteller in high school, when he devised a highly sought after system for creating report cards. Kolber’s punishment consisted of 8 weeks of summer school sandwiched between learning a thing-or-shoe about sales at the Thom McAnn at Dadeland Mall, site of the mall massacre made famous in Cocaine Cowboys.

Kolber didn’t know regular people could make movies until he met a group of regular people at NYU who were studying to make movies, while he studied theater production and design. This did not include Adam Davis, who WAS studying to make movies, but was quite irregular. Kolber went on to run the legendary Jean Cocteau Repertory Theater on the Bowery, which included working in coats and gloves during the winter to save money, and seating Jackie Onassis at the first production of her playwright friend Vaclav Havel’s Vanek Plays since his election as President of the Czech Republic.

Kolber followed his time at the Cocteau Rep with a summer in the immediately- post-Communist Czech Republic, attempting to produce theater in circumstances better suited to producing a nervous breakdown. Upon his return to the states, Kolber began working in the stage theatrical departments at major movie studios, including Universal and Disney.

Kolber began his career in television in the production auditing department at Dick Wolf’s Fox hit New York Undercover, bridging the gap between finance and creative, which often included being yelled at by various department heads. He was the production auditor on the first seasons of HBO’s Sex And The City, and Bravo’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, ultimately becoming line producer of more than fifty episodes of Queer Eye, and learning to put the hair product in from the back.

Kolber went on a wild ride in the rapidly expanding early landscape of unscripted television, working for E!, fuse, Bravo, Disney/ABC, National Geographic, Discovery ID, MTV, Animal Planet, and multiple A&E series, as an in- demand Co-EP and writer of unscripted entertainment.

He always knew that one day he would bring his love of entertainment and disdain for outdated one-size-fits-all education together and Brain Games provided the first of many opportunities to show what was possible. He is very happy to have created an artistic and business home at Atomic with his old friend Adam Davis.

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