More than twenty years ago, Nan O'Brien was approached to find funding for a package of independent films. She reached out to the many people she knew. A friend of a friend connected her with "an LA entertainment attorney I met at an airport," because "he might know people." The lawyer from the airport was the esteemed sports and entertainment attorney, Frank K. Wheaton.
From the moment they first spoke, Frank and Nan had a professional synchronicity - he had extensive legal and entertainment industry expertise, as well as a significant client list; she had creative talent and publishing experience. They often joked that they should form a company together, and ultimately they did. The result was a boutique entertainment company, FAN - an acronym for Frank and Nan - Entertainment & Media.
Today, Frank, Nan, and the FAN team are focused on providing full-scale creative services to a select clientele, with a mission to bring impactful and socially-relevant storytelling to the public through diverse media platforms.
Frank K. Wheaton, Esq.
Mr. Wheaton is a Partner at FAN Entertainment & Media and serves as its legal counsel, responsible for all legal aspects of creative development, acquisitions, and negotiations. He is a prominent U.S. attorney, developer, media specialist, and global citizen with diversified professional and developmental experience throughout the United States, Caribbean, and in particular, the sub-Saharan African region.
For the past thirty years, Mr. Wheaton’s practice has enjoyed tremendous success based on a celebrity representation platform with stellar athletes, Olympians, and entertainers, including the late Milton Berle; civil rights activist and former NAACP President, Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams; Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bob Beamon, Al and Florence (FloJo) Griffith Joyner, and John Carlos; NBA Hall of Famers John Stockton, James Worthy, and Rick Barry; former CBS Broadcaster Jayne Kennedy-Overton; Ray Leonard, Jr.; Bernie Bickerstaff; yachtsman Dennis Conner; and stellar entertainers Carl Anderson, Marla Gibbs, Norman Connors, Norman Brown, Jean Carne, Kashif, Will Wheaton, and many more. He has also represented elected officials and municipalities in his stellar career.
Mr. Wheaton's designation in the top ten-percent of all entertainment lawyers in the nation by Lawyers of Distinction has made for a tremendously exciting and prosperous career with several hallmark legal cases accomplished under his direction.
Ms. O'Brien is a Partner at FAN Entertainment & Media and serves as its Creative Director. She is responsible for the acquisition and development of creative properties for FAN Productions and FAN Publications, and manages FAN Publications operations.
Ms. O'Brien is a successful author, publisher, speaker, event producer, and former radio personality and actress. In addition to writing for major national newspapers and city governments, Ms. O'Brien's published books over the last twenty-five years range from high profile biographies to psychology and university textbooks under various pseudonyms. She was a talent manager in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and was a legal professional for fifteen years.
Known for her signature soothing voice, Ms. O'Brien enjoyed a decade in radio, including hosting her own nationally-syndicated weekly call-in show developed by radio legend Mike McVay of McVay Media, and appearing as a regular guest on radio stations nationwide.
With a lifelong commitment to social justice and respect for all people, Ms. O'Brien considers herself a "creative activist," using creative platforms to verifiably inform and to promote respect, understanding, and unity in response to the prejudice and intolerance that exists in society today.