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Leftfield taps Scripps vet for development

ITV America-owned Leftfield Pictures has hired veteran development executive Andrew Schechter as senior vice president of development. Schechter will report to Leftfield co-presidents Shawn Witt and Gretchen Palek. The new exec joins Leftfield following his five-year tenure at Scripps Networks, where he served as vice president of development across Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel […]

ITV’s Leftfield Pictures set for Facebook talk show

ITV America’s Leftfield Pictures has teamed with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects to develop and produce a talk show format for Facebook Watch. The talk show will be hosted by Lewis Howes (pictured) the author, entrepreneur and host of The School of Greatness podcast. Titled Breakthrough with Lewis Howes, the show will premiere on Facebook later […]

Montgomery names Spoke’s leadership team

Brent Montgomery, ITV America’s former CEO, has named the team he will work with to lead Spoke Studios, the first production label for his new venture Wheelhouse Entertainment. Montgomery departed from ITV this January and announced the launch of his media and marketing business, Wheelhouse, shortly after. Under the Wheelhouse umbrella, Spoke was launched in […]

Leftfield names new co-presidents

A pair of Leftfield Pictures producers has been upped to co-presidents at the ITV America (ITVA)-owned company. Gretchen Palek (right) and Shawn Witt (below left) have been handed the roles, and will report to ITVA president David George, the former CEO of Leftfield Entertainment. Palek was previously senior VP of talent and casting at Alone […]

George upped at ITV America as Leftfield Ents brand retires

Leftfield Entertainment CEO David George has been named president of ITV America. He takes the role at ITV America, the US unscripted arm of UK-listed broadcaster ITV, having been running Leftfield, the Pawn Stars prodco that ITV acquired in 2014 for an initial US$360 million. The Leftfield Entertainment moniker is now being dropped. As president […]

Leftfield pins down WWE star Cena

US producer Leftfield Entertainment has scored a development deal with WWE wrestling superstar John Cena. The pair will co-create and produce unscripted series for television networks and digital platforms, with Cena’s involvement coming through his Hard Nocks South banner. This comes after they worked together on Fox’s American Grit, which Cena (pictured) starred in and […]

Ex-ITVS America exec creates unscripted prodco

Former ITV Studios America development executive Rob Shaftel has create a New York-based production company, Hit+Run. Hit+Run will look to creat high concept and high quality character-driven series and original formats, which Shaftel will executive produce. Shaftel (pictured) has hired another former ITVS America development exec, Noah Korn, to become senior director of development, and […]

Leftfield rejigs prodcos, promotes for casting

Leftfield Entertainment has made a number of promotions at its Sirens Media and Leftfield Pictures production companies, and promoted its talent chief. Executive producers Simon Thomas (pictured) and Caroline Self have both been promoted to VP, programming, at Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars) and Sirens Media (Real Housewives of New Jersey), respectively. Genevieve Croteau has been […]

Jodi Flynn prodco hires development chief

Former Cineflix Media executive Jodi Flynn has hired a VP of development at her Leftfield Entertainment-backed prodco, Outpost Entertainment. The addition of Rebecca Halpern to Outpost’s ranks marks the first major creative hire the production company has made since Flynn and Leftfield launched it in November 2013. Halpern currently has a pilot in the works […]

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 […]

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