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Trio of promotions at Leftfield Pictures, LFE

Leftfield Pictures has upped Will Nothacker (left) to SVP of development, and Shawn Witt (center) to SVP of programming, while Ed Simpson (right) is named an SVP at parent company Leftfield Entertainment.
May 28, 2015

Leftfield Pictures has reshuffled its internal structure and upped Will Nothacker (pictured, left) to the role of senior VP of development, while promoting Shawn Witt (center) to senior VP of programming.

Nothacker – who joined Leftfield Pictures in 2010 and previously served as VP of development – has had a hand in developing New Money (E!), Lachey’s (A&E) and the forthcoming survival program Alone (History). Prior to his arrival at the prodco, Nothacker was co-executive producer on the ABC series Wife Swap and also produced the series Lizard Lick Towing for truTV. The exec reports to Leftfield Entertainment president David George.

Meanwhile, Shawn Witt has been upped from VP of programming to senior VP of the division, and also reports to George. The former MTV exec, who joined Leftfield Pictures in 2011, is the executive producer for FYI series Tiny House Nation and the spin-off Tiny House Hunting. Witt’s other credits include Forged in Fire, Counting CarsPawnography and the aforementioned Alone.

“Will’s development slate has more than tripled in the past year, with sales including a wide range of programming from big formats to live events,” said George in a statement. “Meanwhile, Shawn’s outside-the-box approach to production has given Leftfield a remarkable rate of return with our current series.”

Over at parent company Leftfield Entertainment (LFE), Edward Simpson - who was previously VP of business development and international – has been upped to senior VP of the division. In his new role, Simpson (pictured, right) will be working across the LFE portfolio, which includes flagship Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Loud TV, Outpost Entertainment and the newly formed Riot Creative.

Simpson, who joined the team in 2012, was hands-on in the company’s primary acquisition of Sirens Media and has focused on mergers and acquisitions activity. As well, the exec has also prompted LFE’s move onto the international stage with productions of Pawn Stars running in the UK and Australia, and deals pending for Italy and France. He has also overseen the creation of Loud TV, Outpost and Riot Creative.

Leftfield Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery added: “Ed has been a critical partner in the development of Leftfield Entertainment’s strategic vision; his ringside seat to UK-based consolidation gave him unique insight that had a direct effect on our U.S. plan and, ultimately, on its success.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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