The inaugural Realscreen London will kick off in October with a keynote conversation with Leftfield Entertainment CEO Brent Montgomery (pictured).
In an interview with Arrow Media creative director John Smithson, Montgomery will discuss the strategy and creative inspiration that steered the evolution of the company and reveal what new territories and new genres he is keen to explore.
Earlier this year, ITV Studios U.S. Group paid US$360 million to acquire a controlling stake in the Pawn Stars production company – the latest in a string of acquisitions and mergers reshaping the unscripted production landscape.
After helping birth the transactional reality TV genre with the launch of History’s massive hit Pawn Stars in 2009, Montgomery and Leftfield Pictures grew into one of reality TV’s major players.
In 2013, the company evolved into a superindie with the formation of Leftfield Entertainment, which houses Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media (The Real Housewives of New Jersey), Loud TV (the upcoming Tiny House Nation) and Outpost Entertainment, a joint venture with Hoarders producer Jodi Flynn.
In all, Leftfield has produced more than 400 hours of programming and nearly 800 TV episodes. The company’s portfolio includes Oddities for Science and Celebrity Home Raiders for Lifetime; Blood, Sweat and Heels for Bravo as well as other ‘artefactual’ titles for History such as American Restoration and Counting Cars.
Barry Walsh, realscreen‘s editor and content director, said: “We are thrilled to bring one of America’s top unscripted producers, who has illustrated how to build a reality production powerhouse and successfully navigate the evolving demands of the business, to our inaugural London event.”
Montgomery’s keynote will take place at 1.30 p.m. EST on October 8 during Realscreen London, which takes place at London’s Congress Centre from October 8-9.