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The Rise & Rise of Brent Montgomery

Photography by Kyle Norton • Wardrobe Styling by Jamie Eisenberg • Hair/Beard Style by Christian Lannucci, Doorbell Barbers • Grooming by Lydia Arroyo Ever since a quirky pawn shop off the Vegas strip changed his life, reality has been pretty good to this guy In 1998 Brent Montgomery arrived in Brooklyn to seek his fortune […]

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Non-Scripted Producers Plot “Corona-Proof” Programming & Uplifting Formats to Launch During & After COVID-19 Crisis

Editors’ Note: The television business is in a state of flux as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to claim thousands of lives and hit the economy. This is one of several stories that will look at how the non-scriptedindustry is dealing with the crisis. During the 2007-2009 recession, shows like CBS’ Undercover Boss and History’s Pawn Stars launched, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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CAA’s Co-Head of Alternative Television Eric Wattenberg to Join Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouses 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 […]

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ABC Brings Back “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” for Jimmy Kimmel-Fronted Charity Specials – TCA

ABC is bringing back Who Wants To Be A Millionaire for a series of charity specials fronted by Jimmy Kimmel to celebrate its 20th anniversary in the U.S. The Disney-owned network originally remade the British quiz format in August 1999 after Michael Davies moved from the network into production to remake the show. Kimmel will […]

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How 3 Childhood Friends With No Ad Industry Experience Became YouTube’s Longtime Agency and Made Videos for Odell Beckham and Steph Curry

Well before YouTube’s launch in 2005, college roommates Nate Houghteling and Kai Hasson were experimenting with creating bare-bones comedy sketches, inspired by “Saturday Night Live’s” Lonely Island trio. Today, despite having no formal training in advertising, they and fellow partner Zach Blume now run Portal A, a profitable and growing business that has created videos […]

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“The Innocent Man”: Campfire’s Ross Dinerstein Reveals How Netflix True-Crime Series Helped Get Karl Fontenot Out of Jail

Karl Fontenot, the subject of Netflix’s true-crime doc series The Innocent Man, has been released from prison after serving 35 years for a crime that he did not commit. In an exclusive interview with Deadline, Ross Dinerstein, founder of production company Campfire, which made the adaptation of John Grisham’s non-fiction book, reveals how the six-part […]

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Jimmy Kimmel Prank Series “Revenge of the Nerd” Starring YouTuber Mark Rober Ordered by Discovery

Discovery has given an eight episode order to Revenge Of the Nerd (working title), an hourlong hidden-camera prank show from Jimmy Kimmel and his Kimmelot banner. It will star former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube personality Mark Rober who made national headlines a year ago with his viral hidden-camera video exacting revenge on porch pirates by creating packages […]

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Prentice Penny Scripting Film About Compton Cowboys for Fox Searchlight

EXCLUSIVE: Prentice Penny, currently the showrunner and executive producer of HBO’s comedy series Insecure, has been tapped to craft the screenplay for a feature based on true events involving the Compton Cowboys, a group of African American kids who grew up surrounded by gangs and violence in Compton, and who found rescue and purpose through […]

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