Brent Montgomery


Factual vets launch CuriosityStream OTT rival

Another documentary-focused over-the-top service is hitting the video streaming market. XiveTV promises more than 2,000 hours of factual programming via platforms such as Hulu, YouTube, Amazon and iOS and Android apps. Its launch yesterday preceded the entrance of John Hendricks’ CuriosityStream SVOD platform, which goes live on March 18. Xive – pronounced ‘zive’ – is […]

Ex-Seacrest chief joins Leftfield

Adam Sher, the former CEO of Ryan Seacrest Productions, has joined US unscripted specialist Leftfield Entertainment as its first chief creative officer. Sher, who has also worked at the William Morris Agency, left RSP last year. In the new post reporting to Leftfield CEO Brent Montgomery, the will work across the group’s prodcos, which include […]

A&E opens Lachey’s Bar

US cable channel A&E has ordered a Leftfield Pictures-produced unscripted series following reality star Nick Lachey as he opens a bar with his brother. Lachey’s Bar (WT) will follow Nick and Drew Lachey over ten half-hour episodes as they attempt to get the Cincinnati, Ohio bar up and running. Production begins immediately, with a TX […]

A&E opens Lachey’s Bar

US cable channel A&E has ordered a Leftfield Pictures-produced unscripted series following reality star Nick Lachey as he opens a bar with his brother. Lachey’s Bar (WT) will follow Nick and Drew Lachey over ten half-hour episodes as they attempt to get the Cincinnati, Ohio bar up and running. Production begins immediately, with a TX […]

A&E shackles couples in Love Prison

The A&E cable network is the US is launching a reality series in which couples live together for a week on a deserted island. Love Prison will see couples that have been dating online agree to meet for the first time on the island to test whether their relationship has legs in the real world. […]

A&E shackles couples in Love Prison

The A&E cable network is the US is launching a reality series in which couples live together for a week on a deserted island. Love Prison will see couples that have been dating online agree to meet for the first time on the island to test whether their relationship has legs in the real world. […]

George named Leftfield Pictures president

US unscripted specialist Leftfield Entertainment has promoted David George to become president of its subsidiary Leftfield Pictures. In the new role, George will oversee Leftfield Pictures’ development, programming and production, and work with stablemates Loud Pictures and Outpost Entertainment. The executive joined Leftfield in 2010, and has since executive produced shows such as History’s Pawn […]

ITV Studios buys Leftfield for $360m

ITV Studios has made its largest acquisition in the US unscripted market to date by acquiring an 80% stake in Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Entertainment. The deal comprises an initial cash payment of US$360 million, with further payments possible depending on what ITVS defined as “Leftfield’s continued delivery of significant profit growth”. ITVS will have […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

Leftfield, Rigg launch reality prodco

Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Entertainment and former Argonon unscripted exec Nick Rigg are setting up a new joint venture prodco. Loud TV will be based in New York, with Rigg as founder and his former Leopard Films USA colleagues Julian Locke and Lauren Deen as executive VP and senior VP, lifestyle development, respectively. Rigg left […]