Profile: Jennifer Worthington

Nearly a decade of film production experience with Jerry Bruckheimer into the most profitable spacerbar in the nation when she opened Coyote Ugly Bar & Dance Saloon at New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Since then, she has opened four more successful projects in Las Vegas.


Worthington was working for Jerry Bruckheimer Films, a division of the Walt Disney Company, as a producer on the blockbuster film, "Coyote Ugly," when she envisioned a Hollywood version of the original Manhattan bar. She believed Las Vegas would be ideal for the concept and took a career gamble in leaving the film industry for the high-risk business of bar ownership. She developed a plan with her partners to incorporate her background in entertainment, revolutionizing Las Vegas nightlife.

In November 2001, Worthington turned her vision into reality with the grand opening of Coyote Ugly Las Vegas. Worthington joined Jerry Bruckheimer Films, one of most successful production companies in the motion picture industry, at just 21-years-old as a development assistant. In less than one year, she was promoted to a vice presidency position with the company and by the time she was 23-years-old, Worthington was promoted to senior vice president. While employed by Bruckheimer, she worked on numerous film projects including "Armageddon," "Enemy of the State," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "The Rock," "Black Hawk Down," "Remember the Titans" and "Crimson Tide," as well as "Dangerous Minds" and "Soldier of Fortune" in the television sector of the company.Her hard work has paid off, as is evident in the thousands of guests who visit the bars every week. Worthington's nightclubs have received widespread media attention in the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Women's Wear Daily, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, EXTRA!, MTV, 20/20 Downtown, the New York Times, Time Magazine and many others. Worthington herself was the subject of an E! Entertainment Television documentary titled "The Women of Vegas," as well as features in The Washington Post and W Magazine.

Her latest venture, Spotlight Live in New York City, is an interactive live performance venue that brings a taste of stardom to the public. Guests perform in front of a live audience and compete for a contract with a leading record company while their act is being sent globally over the web and on TV through an exclusive deal with Comcast. Worthington graduated from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1994, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film and television. Worthington attended the prestigious Harvard Business School's "Women Leading Business" in 2003.

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