Funny or Die Opens Washington, D.C., Office
The office, led by former White House staffer Brad Jenkins, will produce politically minded content.
Funny or Die is opening a Washington, D.C., office to build on the success of politically minded videos such as President Barack Obama's turn in the hot seat on Between Two Ferns.
The new office, which is housed at the 1776 Campus, is being led by former White House staffer Brad Jenkins, who has been named managing director and executive producer of Funny or Die DC. Jenkins previously served as associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, acting as the President's liaison to the creative and advocacy communities.
"Whether working behind the scenes to help drive traffic to Healthcare.gov through the president's appearance on Between Two Ferns or helping celebrities engage on the president's policy initiatives, Brad served as a key link to creative executives, artists, advocacy leaders, and more," said Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to Obama. "We will miss his creative energy at the White House, but I couldn't be more eager to see what the future holds for Brad."
In his new role at FOD, Jenkins will work with the private sector, advocacy groups, campaigns and lawmakers to produce politically themed content. The D.C. office will also provide consulting services on social media, talent outreach, writing and brand strategy for clients.
"Brad was our main liaison at the White House, and he's the perfect person to lead our D.C. office because he understands how we work and how we can make a difference," says FOD president of production Mike Farah.
Funny or Die has forayed into political content with shorts such as Prop 8: The Musical and Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion. It also produced an episode of Billy on the Street featuring first lady Michelle Obama and Big Bird. With its new D.C. office, Funny or Die will have a prime position as the upcoming presidential election heats up.