Brent Montgomery, founder of Leftfield Entertainment and CEO of ITV America, will be inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame on June 9 during the annual awards ceremony in Santa Monica, California.
Montgomery began his career in unscripted TV via such reality staples as The Bachelor, Wife Swap and Blind Date. Forming New York-based Leftfield Pictures in 2002, he sold his first show, The Principal’s Office, in 2008.
In 2009, with the debut of Leftfield’s Pawn Stars on History, an industry-defining new franchise was born and Leftfield’s, and Montgomery’s, trajectory shot upwards, with myriad series and hundreds of programming hours added to its slate. In 2013, Montgomery completed the first debt-financing, television prodco acquisition with the purchase of The Real Housewives of New Jersey producers Sirens Media.
Montgomery subsequently formed new production outfits – Tiny House Nation prodco Loud TV with Nick Rigg and Outpost Entertainment with Jodi Flynn – and made them part of his own “superindie,” Leftfield Entertainment, which also houses Leftfield Pictures and, as of April 2015, Riot Creative, run by Stephanie Angelides.
In the spring of 2014, ITV acquired Leftfield Entertainment for US$360 million, a deal that the British broadcaster said would turn what was then known as ITV Studios U.S. Group into the largest independent unscripted production group in the U.S. Since then, the Leftfield companies have secured more than 30 new commissions such as American Grit for FOX; Alone for History; Blood, Sweat and Heels for Bravo; Cutting It: In the ATL for WE tv, and specials Billy the Kid: The New Evidence and Brain Surgery Live for National Geographic Channel.
As CEO of ITV America, Montgomery has oversight of ITV’s U.S. portfolio, with such prodcos as ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Outpost Entertainment, Loud TV, Riot Creative, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment, DiGa and Gurney Productions under its umbrella. The company currently produces more than 800 hours of content and 100 programs, working in partnership with more than 40 networks.
“Brent’s ability to unearth characters and stories that resonate with audiences, coupled with his business acumen and sheer passion for producing, has made him a formidable force in the unscripted entertainment industry and in the television world at large,” said realscreen editor and content director Barry Walsh in a statement. “In bringing one of reality TV’s biggest hits of the past decade to the world, building an American superindie, and now, overseeing the largest independent unscripted producer in the U.S., Brent Montgomery has certainly earned this recognition and we are thrilled to name him Producer Extraordinaire at the upcoming Realscreen Awards.”
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