Jeff Vespa is the C.E.O and Founder of Verge (www.verge.is) a new digital magazine which focuses on new and emerging talent. He is also 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, as well as numerous others. In 2007, WireImage sold to GettyImages. Over the last five years he has transitioned into video and directs and produces branded and social content for major national brands such as the United States Postal Service, Honest Company and New Balance.
He is currently a contributing photographer to Cultured and LALA Magazines. He was previously the Editor-at-Large for LIFE Magazine’s LIFE.com and the West Coast Special Projects Editor of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine.
Vespa is a co-founder of the hair and makeup agency, Forward Artists (forwardartists.com), that represents some of Hollywood’s top hair and makeup artists. He is also a partner with Kathy Grayson in the New York art gallery, The Hole.
In 2016, Vespa directed his first feature film entitled Paris Song starring Abbie Cornish, currently in post-production. 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 is the most watched documentary on Showtime. He has produced three films for the fine art photographer Alex Prager, her first short films entitled Despair and Face In The Crowd screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Other credits include producing the fine artist Rosson Crow’s first film Madame Psychosis Holds a Séance and Tricia Nolan’s film On The Run. He also produced 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.