Unscripted

Leftfield ups George, Valentini

David George (pictured) is officially named as executive vice president of programming at the New York-headquartered prodco, while general manager Chris Valentini is upped to chief operating officer.
November 19, 2012

New York-headquartered prodco Leftfield Pictures is upping two of its key execs.

David George is being upped to executive vice president of programming, from his previous VP position. With the company since 2010, George serves as EP on such Leftfield series as Counting Cars for History, the Oddities franchise for Science, Bid & Destroy for National Geographic Channel, and the recently greenlit Guntucky for CMT, and Celebrity Yard Sale for Lifetime. Before Leftfield, George had been at MTV for 12 years, rising to the level of EP for Total Request Live and producing a variety of specials for the Viacom net.

Chris Valentini, meanwhile, is being upped from general manager to chief operating officer. Valentini also joined the Pawn Stars prodco in 2010 and as COO, will oversee its financial, operational and strategic business development. Prior To Leftfield, Valentini served as an EP at National Geographic Channel for such series as Border Wars, Repossessed! and Taboo, and also worked as a VP of production for Hoff Productions and Tremendous Entertainment.

Both execs will continue to report to Leftfield Pictures founder and EP Brent Montgomery.

“David George has been the creative force behind key Leftfield series like Counting Cars and Cajun Pawn Stars for History, the Oddities franchise for Science, Ball Boys for ABC, and more,” said Montgomery in a statement. “Creatively, he continually raises the bar for Leftfield, which is something our network partners consistently respond to positively. At the same time, Chris Valentini has taken the reins of Leftfield’s operations and business development, which has significantly impacted our growth, and he remains instrumental to the company’s domestic and international evolution.”

Last month, Leftfield announced it was opening a Los Angeles office and hiring former Pilgrim Studios exec Rob Hill as its VP of development.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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