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 CEO of Wheelhouse Entertainment, a media group launched by the entertainment titan in 2018, which focuses on high-profile content and talent around which it creates and builds “360” businesses.
Prior to forming Wheelhouse, Montgomery was CEO of ITV America, a post to which he was named in 2015 following the 2014 acquisition of his company Leftfield Entertainment–the first US “super-indie” television production group–by UK-based, multi-national media company ITV, which purchased an 80% stake for $360 million, the most lucrative deal ever made in the non-fiction television space in North America.
Montgomery started his first company, Leftfield Pictures, in a heatless basement in New York City, selling his first TV series in 2008, and subsequently 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 CEO of ITV America, Montgomery oversaw ITV’s entire US portfolio, which, in addition to the Leftfield group of companies, included production companies ITV Entertainment, High Noon Entertainment and Thinkfactory Media, creators collectively of a diverse range of hit series for broadcast, cable and OTT platforms, including Fixer Upper, The Four: Battle for Stardom, Hell’s Kitchen, Duck Dynasty, Queer Eye, The First 48, Pawn Stars and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
In his role at ITV, Montgomery also spearheaded unprecedented strategic investment 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.
Montgomery is a founding member of the Non-Fiction Producers Association, now NPACT (after merging in 2017 with industry association PactUS), and sits on the board of directors of NPACT, the Lincoln Center Media and Entertainment Council, and ITV Global Studios.