Why an EP Behind ‘Kardashians’ Went Indie: ‘We Get to Tell Stories That Actually Can Help’

Office With a View: Jeff Jenkins, now CEO of his own production company, shares how series like “Bling Empire” and “Coming Out Colton” balance entertainment with social change

Jeff Jenkins, co-founder and CEO of Jeff Jenkins Productions.

Jeff Jenkins made his name in unscripted television as an executive producer of E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” among other shows. But he’d been thinking about starting his own production company for some time before exiting his position as co-president of Bunim-Murray Productions. His desire to entertain viewers and inspire meaningful conversations with his shows pushed him to take the leap.

“We get to tell stories that, once in a while, actually can help advance our human culture in a small way,” Jenkins told TheWrap for this week’s Office With a View.

That’s what he’s striving to do at Jeff Jenkins Productions, which he formed in 2018, a year after leaving Bunim-Murray, alongside 3BMG Entertainment’s CEO Ross Weintraub and Chairman Reinout Oerlemans.