2 Media Companies Moving To Stamford, Creating Hundreds Of Jobs
Article from: Alfred Branch
May 5, 2018

STAMFORD, CT — Two entertainment companies are planning to move operations to Stamford in the coming months, which combined will create about 450 new jobs in the city, announced Gov. Dannel Malloy Friday.

Award-winning entertainment production group ITV America – the largest independent producer of non-scripted entertainment content in the United States – “will be relocating a significant portion of its business operations to Stamford,” while continuing to also maintain production and office staff in its New York and Los Angeles offices.

Additionally, newly launched Wheelhouse Entertainment, which was founded recently by former ITV America CEO, entrepreneur and media magnate Brent Montgomery, also will be using Stamford as one of its bases of operations. Montgomery, known for hit shows such as “Pawn Stars,” will develop content across different media platforms, writes Variety.

The jobs the two businesses will create in Stamford will be in “finance and operations, production, and post-production, and more,” Malloy said.

The state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will support the projects with a $6 million loan to ITV America and a $3 million loan to Wheelhouse Entertainment, with partial forgiveness based on jobs created.

DECD funds will be used for the purchase of machinery and equipment and capital improvements, and both companies additionally are eligible for film/digital media production and infrastructure tax incentives, according to state officials.

“Over the last several years, Connecticut has seen significant growth among media production companies, and we are pleased that ITV America and Wheelhouse have decided to establish operations in our state,” said Malloy in a statement. “Connecticut is home to more than 1,200 media-related businesses that employ over 16,000 people. These two nationally renowned production companies plan to create hundreds of good jobs for our state’s residents, and we welcome them to our community.”

Added ITV America CEO David George, “It’s a time of great change and disruption in our industry, and as a leading creator of unscripted content, ITV America is focused on finding innovative ways to keep our business thriving while securing career opportunities for both current and future employees. Our proposed partnership with the State of Connecticut delivers on both fronts – we’re delighted to have worked with the Governor’s office on this plan, which allows us to service many of our current projects while also promoting growth at ITV America. We look forward to putting down roots in Stamford and to being a dynamic part of the community.”

Wheelhouse’s production arm, Spoke Studios, maintains a production partnership with ITV America.

“The cornerstone of entrepreneurship is investing in people whose ideas and hard work create opportunity – precisely what drove Wheelhouse Entertainment to partner with ITV America and Governor Malloy in this venture,” said Montgomery in a statement. “My philosophy has always been to find great people and keep them, and building what we anticipate being one of the top production facilities on the East Coast is another way we aim to recruit and retain the first-class talent that ultimately produces the best programming. This is the first of many projects Wheelhouse and Spoke Studios look forward to with Stamford as we team to cultivate the city as a vibrant center for media and content production.”

Mayor David Martin said he is excited by ITV America’s move to Stamford. “The city had numerous meetings with ITV to discuss why Stamford made sense for the production company and that 860 Canal Street was the right location for them. This move reflects a team approach between the state and the city in helping to relocate and establish companies in Connecticut. I am glad the state came through with the right incentive package, and my administration looks forward to helping ITV complete construction on the building and welcoming the new employees to Stamford as part of our expanding media family.”

Added DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith, “ITV America and Wheelhouse Entertainment will join a growing number of film and digital production companies that have relocated or expanded in Connecticut thanks to Governor Malloy’s leadership.”

About ITV America

ITV America, ITV’s US group of businesses, is the largest independent producer of non-scripted content in the US, producing more than 100 programs, totaling over 800 hours of content, in partnership with more than 40 networks. Series include Fixer Upper (HGTV); Hell’s Kitchen and The Four: Battle for Stardom (FOX); Queer Eye (Netflix); Killing Fields (Discovery); The First 48 (A&E); Tiny House Nation (FYI); The Real Housewives of New Jersey and Bethenny & Fredrik (Bravo); Pawn Stars, Alone and Forged in Fire (History); Keep it Spotless (Nickelodeon) and Cake Boss (TLC). Companies under the ITV America banner include ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Loud TV, Outpost Entertainment, Sirens Media, High Noon Entertainment and Thinkfactory Media, as well as numerous talent-driven production partnerships with such luminaries as John Cena, Michael Strahan, Marcia Clark, La La Anthony and others.

About Wheelhouse Entertainment

Wheelhouse Entertainment is a multi-faceted media and entertainment company founded by producer and entrepreneur Brent Montgomery who serves as CEO. Wheelhouse creates content and marketing opportunities across multiple businesses and platforms, forging talent-driven partnerships and “360 businesses” in which the company also invests, and which it helps manage. Under the Wheelhouse Entertainment banner is also Spoke Studios, the company’s first production label, which creates engaging, provocative and talent-driven content across a variety of platforms. Spoke Studios also has entered into a production partnership with entertainment group ITV America, with the companies collaborating on a range of unscripted series and projects to be produced by ITV America’s in-house production team. Prior to forming Wheelhouse Entertainment, Montgomery was CEO of ITV America, a post to which he was named in 2015 following the 2014 acquisition of his company Leftfield Entertainment by multi-national media company ITV. He is a founding member of producers’ association NPACT, and sits on the board of directors of NPACT, the Lincoln Center Media and Entertainment Council, and ITV Global Studios.

LATEST & GREATEST
Jan 21, 2020
Eric Wattenberg boards Wheelhouse as chief content officer
Veteran CAA agent Eric Wattenberg has joined Brent Montgomery’s media, marketing and investment company Wheelhouse Group as chief content officer. Wattenberg (pictured) will work across the entire Wheelhouse group, including packaging long- and short-form TV and digital/streaming series, and advancing scripted and feature projects. He will additionally work with the industry’s major agencies and management companies to […]
Jan 21, 2020
CAA’s Eric Wattenberg Joins Wheelhouse Group as Chief Content Officer
Eric Wattenberg, longtime CAA agent and co-head of its alternative television department, has joined producer Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Group as chief content officer. Wattenberg will spearhead content development across Wheelhouse’s TV, film and digital operations, as well as its Wheelhouse Labs branded entertainment wing. The deal is a coup for the company, launched by “Pawn Stars” creator Montgomery […]
Jan 21, 2020
CAA’s Co-Head of Alternative Television Eric Wattenberg to Join Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Group as Chief Content Officer
Longtime CAA agent Eric Wattenberg is set to leave the agency after ten years to join Wheelhouse Group. Wattenberg, who was Co-Head of Alternative Television at CAA, becomes Chief Content Officer at Brent Montgomery’s media, marketing and investment company. He will run all of the company’s entertainment endeavors, packaging long and short-form TV and streaming series, advancing scripted and feature […]
Dec 9, 2019
Zachary Quinto’s Before the Door Pictures Inks Deals With AMC & Spoke Studios, Taps Steve Baker As Head Of Production
Zachary Quinto’s production company Before the Door Pictures is ramping up operations, signing first-look deals with AMC for scripted projects and with Spoke Studios, the production arm of Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment, for unscripted fare. Additionally, Before the Door Pictures has hired Steve Baker, former VP in HBO Series Programming, as Head of Production, and has […]
Oct 28, 2019
LeBron James-Produced Docuseries ‘Becoming’ Ordered by Disney+ (Exclusive)
Disney+ is teaming with LeBron James on a docuseries that spotlights the upbringing for athletes and celebrities, “Becoming,” TheWrap has learned exclusively. “Becoming” is a documentary series which chronicles the origin stories of world-class entertainers, musicians and athletes. Each episode takes a different celebrity back to their hometown for an inspiring look at how they […]
Jul 9, 2019
Andy King, Breakout Star of Fyre Festival Documentary, Strikes Talent Deal with Spoke Studios & Shops TV Project
Andy King, the breakout star of Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary, who was willing to “do whatever it took” to make the weekend happen, is set to front his own TV project after striking a talent deal with Spoke Studios. King, who is a high-profile event producer outside of his work with Billy McFarland’s chaotic con-fest, has been a […]
Apr 9, 2019
Discovery Orders Series ‘River of No Return,’ Where It’s Homesteaders vs Idaho Wilderness (Exclusive)
Discovery has greenlit a new series, “River of No Return” — and by the sound of it, it’s not going to be your average camping trip. The series follows a small community of people who live in Idaho’s remote Frank Church Wilderness, where the only way in or out is by plane — or, for […]
Jul 12, 2018
Brent Montgomery Sets Leadership For New Production Company Spoke Studio
Former ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery has set the top executive team for Spoke Studios, the production label for his recently announced Wheelhouse Entertainment. Will Nothacker and Joe Weinstock have been named co-presidents of Spoke Studios and will partner in running the company from Spoke Studios’ East and West Coast offices. Also joining Spoke Studios are Vice President […]
Jun 26, 2018
Original Documentary Special DETROIT: COMEBACK CITY to Premiere on The History Channel July 1
HISTORY® presents an original documentary special, “Detroit: Comeback City,” which recounts the saga of the rise, fall and rebirth of Detroit through the iconic Michigan Central Station. The special premieres Sunday, July 1 at 9pm ET/PT. Narrated by Academy Award®-winner and Detroit native JK Simmons, the film chronicles how Detroit went from the engine of […]
Mar 28, 2018
Spoke taps ITV America execs
Spoke Studios, the first production label from former ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery’s new company Wheelhouse Entertainment, has appointed two former ITV America execs. Will Nothacker and Joe Weinstock have been named Spoke Studios’ co-presidents, running the factual-focused company from its New York and Los Angeles offices respectively. Nothacker was previously creative director at ITV […]
Mar 27, 2018
Brent Montgomery Sets Leadership For New Production Company Spoke Studios
Former ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery has set the top executive team for Spoke Studios, the production label for his recently announced Wheelhouse Entertainment. Will Nothacker and Joe Weinstock have been named co-presidents of Spoke Studios and will partner in running the company from Spoke Studios’ East and West Coast offices. Also joining Spoke Studios are Vice President of […]
Mar 27, 2018
Brent Montgomery Sets Leadership For New Production Company Spoke Studios
Former ITV America CEO Brent Montgomery has set the top executive team for Spoke Studios, the production label for his recently announced Wheelhouse Entertainment. Will Nothacker and Joe Weinstock have been named co-presidents of Spoke Studios and will partner in running the company from Spoke Studios’ East and West Coast offices. Also joining Spoke Studios are Vice President […]