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Brent Montgomery has built a media empire stemming from his roots as a dedicated and award-winning producer and self-made entrepreneur. One of the television industry’s most successful executives, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of Wheelhouse Group.

Prior to forming Wheelhouse, Brent served as Chief Executive Officer of ITV America following the 2014 sale of his company Leftfield Entertainment – the first US “super-indie” television production group – to UK-based, multinational media company ITV, which purchased an 80% stake for $360 million, the most lucrative deal ever made in the North American non-fiction television space.

Brent started his first company, Leftfield Pictures, in a heatless basement in New York City, selling his first television series in 2008, and selling the iconic, global hit Pawn Stars to the History channel the following year. Leveraging that success, he raised debt financing with a personal guarantee and created Leftfield Entertainment in 2013, encompassing flagship Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, producer of numerous hit series including the long-running The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and launching production companies Loud TV and Outpost Entertainment.

As Chief Executive Officer of ITV America, Brent oversaw ITV’s entire U.S. portfolio, which, in addition to Leftfield, included production companies such as ITV Entertainment, High Noon Entertainment and Thinkfactory Media, the creators behind hit broadcast, cable and OTT platform series, including Fixer UpperThe Four: Battle for StardomHell’s KitchenDuck DynastyQueer EyeThe First 48Pawn Stars and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

In his role at ITV, Brent also spearheaded unprecedented strategic investments in high-profile talent deals with such luminaries as Michael Strahan, John Cena, Bethenny Frankel, La La Anthony, Lara Spencer and, most recently, Kenny Smith.

He has been named multiple times to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Reality Power List,” Variety’s “Reality Impact Report” and “Gotham 50,” and in 2016 was named Realscreen’s “Producer Extraordinaire,” entering its Hall of Fame.

Brent is a founding member of the Non-Fiction Producers Association, now NPACT after merging in 2017 with industry association PactUS, and serves on the board of directors of NPACT, the Lincoln Center Media and Entertainment Council and ITV Global Studios.

As chief content officer, Eric Wattenberg oversees all entertainment endeavors for Wheelhouse Group, including maximizing opportunities for the company’s many media and talent partnerships.

From packaging long and short-form TV and digital/streaming series, to advancing scripted and feature projects, Wattenberg works across Wheelhouse Group’s talent and content arm – encompassing Kimmelot, Jimmy Kimmel’s production and media label; premium film/TV company Campfire; live entertainment and production giant Den of Thieves; digital content studio Portal A; and in-house production label Spoke Studios – as well as its in-house creative and branding agency, Wheelhouse Labs, and its growing business development and investment arm.

Prior to Wheelhouse Group, Wattenberg was head of alternative television at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), running the Alternative Programming and Packaging department.

At CAA, Wattenberg represented many of the industry’s highest-profile on-air talent, including Kelly Ripa, Andy Cohen, Nick Cannon, Hoda Kotb, Neil Patrick Harris, Billy Porter, Dr. Oz, Jenna Bush Hager, Russell Wilson, Ciara and Ted Allen, alongside such prestigious and in-demand production companies as Truly Original, Imagine Entertainment, Matador Content, Sharp Entertainment, Nick Cannon’s N’Credible and BBC Worldwide Productions. Under his guidance, CAA sold hundreds of non-scripted series over the years, including Lip Sync Battle, the 90 Day Fiancé franchise, and the Ink Master franchise.

Wattenberg joined CAA in 2009 from N.S. Bienstock, Inc., and prior to that was a television agent at the William Morris Agency, specializing in program development and packaging for network, cable and syndicated television.

Scott Lonker, New York based, serves as President of Kimmelot alongside the late-night host to produce unscripted, scripted and digital content across all platforms.

Formally, a Packaging Agent in Alternative Television at leading entertainment and sports agency, Creative Artists Agency. Lonker represented many of the world’s leading unscripted producers, including Imagine Documentaries, Radical Media, RAW TV, Pulse Films, Condé Nast, Matador, Eastern, 11th Street Productions, New York Magazine, NY Post, NorthSouth, Truly Original, Love Productions, BBCWorldwide, producer Glen Zipper, and filmmakers including Joe Berlinger and RJ Cutler.

Lonker began his career in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency then later joined A&E Television Networks, where he served as Vice President of Unscripted Development.

In 2009, he was featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation list, which profiles 35 top entertainment industry executives under 35 years old. In 2016, he was listed on Variety’s New Power of New York List, featuring trailblazers in the entertainment business in Manhattan.

Will Nothacker is co-president of Spoke Studios, a creative content company that operates under the banner of Wheelhouse Entertainment, the media enterprise forged in 2018 by producer and media entrepreneur Brent Montgomery. Creating engaging, provocative and talent-driven content across a variety of platforms, Spoke Studios explores unique points of view with programming that spotlights extraordinary worlds, dynamic characters and human ingenuity.

Nothacker previously served as Creative Director at ITV Creative, the in-house production division set up to service ITV America’s production group, including Leftfield Pictures, ITV Entertainment, Sirens Media, Loud TV and Outpost Entertainment, among others.

Prior to ITV Creative, Nothacker was vice president of development at Leftfield Pictures, where he developed more than 30 series including American Grit (FOX), Alone (History), Bethenny & Fredrik (Bravo), Buddy’s Family Vacation (Food Network), Tackle My Ride (NFL Network) and Cutting It: in the ATL (WE tv). He also was integral to launching numerous celebrity-branded production deals, developing projects with John Cena, Michael Strahan, La La Anthony, Lara Spencer, Bethenny Frankel and others. Nothacker joined Leftfield Pictures in 2010 working as a showrunner on a variety of pilots and series, including A&E’s Monster In-Laws and Logo’s Setup Squad. (In 2013 Leftfield Pictures became part of Leftfield Entertainment, which was acquired in 2014 by ITV.)

Before joining Leftfield, Nothacker was co-executive producer on hit series Wife Swap (ABC). He began his career in television in news at CNN and went on to produce non-fiction series such as Ice T’s Rap School (VH1), Lizard Lick Towing (TruTV), Intimate Portrait (Lifetime) and the Emmy Award-winning series When I Was a Girl (WE tv).

Wally comes to Wheelhouse with 20+ years of experience managing all aspects of production for scripted, unscripted and live programs across all formats and genres. Previously, he served as executive vice president of production at All3Media America, overseeing production, post, operations, casting and music, shepherding shows that received numerous Emmy nominations and wins. Prior to All3Media, he was executive vice president of production at Studio Lambert and Tijuana Entertainment.

Liz Fine most recently served as SVP Original Series for VH1 and MTV where she oversaw 18 series including 7 of the top 10 unscripted shows in all of cable. In her role as SVP of current and new programming she was also responsible for the successful launch of the docu-ensemble Siesta Key and the formatted series How Far is Tattoo Far for MTV both in second seasons on the network. During her tenure at VH1 and MTV both networks saw year on year ratings growth with an astounding 8 consecutive quarters at Vh1 alone. Prior to working at Viacom, Liz served as Vice President Programming & Development for FYI. In Her role, she oversaw development and programming for the lifestyle-based network, including the hit docuseries franchise Married at First Sight (currently in its 8th season), Man vs Child:Chef Showdown, Epic Meal Empire, Unplugged Nation and more. Before joining FYI, Fine was an Executive Producer for Left/Right – where she co-produced the docuseries franchise, Mob Wives. In addition, Fine previously helped format the first season ofParking Wars, which had a successful 7 season run on A&E, and worked on such shows asChopped, Teen Mom, Wife Swap, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle and more. She began her career as an Olympic researcher with IMG/TWI and won two Emmy’s for her work on promos at the Olympics in Sydney and Salt Lake City. Fine graduated from Boston University with a BAS degree in Communications.

Deanna Markoff serves as Vice President, Creative Development for Wheelhouse Group. In her role she works across all vertices of Wheelhouse where she develops concepts, produces sizzles, presentations, treatments, and pilots for both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital and marketing. Creating compelling and original content, Deanna has become invaluable in helping to form the format, look and feel of a multitude of shows across an array of genres and networks, including: Netflix, Disney, BRAVO, ABC, CBS, BBC, WGN, Lifetime, History, TLC, Food Network and Discovery.

 

Prior to Wheelhouse, Deanna was the Executive Producer of The Real Housewives of New Jersey at ITV. She also started out her career as an editor working for Brent Montgomery in his first company Leftfield Pictures, where she rose through the ranks before crossing over to producing.

Kevin Duncan serves as Vice President, Creative for Wheelhouse Group. In his role he is charged with running the promos department where he oversees and produces trailers, promos, pitch tapes, sizzles, presentations and pilots for scripted tv, unscripted tv, film and documentaries. Kevin works across the entire Wheelhouse Group, utilizing his skills in a wide array of businesses, including Branded Content, Television, Investments, and even Real Estate. Though still a young company, Kevin has played a key role in developing and selling projects to Disney+, Discovery Channel, ESPN, HULU, Netflix and Oxygen. Kevin previously served as Vice President and Executive Producer of Promos under Brent Montgomery’s Leftfield Pictures. During his stint there he played a key role in the development and sales of over 40 series, including Alone (History), American Grit (Fox), Marcia Clarke Presents: The First 48 (A&E), Queer Eye (Netflix), Love Island (CBS), Girls Incarcerated (Netflix) and more.

Gardner Reed serves as Vice President for Spoke Studios, a creative content company that operates under the banner of Wheelhouse Entertainment, the media enterprise forged in 2018 by producer and media entrepreneur Brent Montgomery. Creating engaging, provocative and talent-driven content across a variety of platforms, Spoke Studios explores unique points of view with programming that spotlights extraordinary worlds, dynamic characters and human ingenuity.

Before joining Spoke Studios, Gardner spent four years working in development at Leftfield Pictures, helping develop such series as The Book of John Gray for OWN and Bethenny & Fredrik for Bravo. He also worked on numerous projects across ITV America’s celebrity-branded productions, including La La Anthony’s LaLaLand, with series currently in development at several networks.

Previously, Gardner worked in field and post production on such series as Who The Bleep Did I Marry? (ID) and The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo), from Sirens Media. He began his television career as an intern on the long-running Lifetime series Army Wives; he also interned for Clear Channel Radio and the DC-based casting company Carlyn Davis Casting.