ITV this morning strictly announced that Brent Montgomery, owner and CEO of ITV-owned Leftfield Entertainment, has been allocated CEO of ITV Studios U.S. Group, that is being renamed ITV America. ITV Studios acquired a determining interest in Leftfield final year. As partial of today’s restructuring, ITV has acquired a remaining 20% of a Leftfield Entertainment group.
Montgomery will manage ITV’s U.S. organisation of businesses, that collectively furnish over 100 programs on 43 networks, a immeasurable infancy of them on a unscripted side. The list of a ITV American companies include production arm ITV Studios America, that will be rebranded as ITV Entertainment, as good as acquired companies Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Outpost Entertainment, Loud TV, Riot Creative, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment, DiGa and Gurney Productions. They will continue to furnish underneath their stream labels and with their existent government teams underneath a ITV America umbrella.
Montgomery will news to Kevin Lygo, Managing Director, ITV Studios. Also stating to Lygo is recently appointed Philippe Maigret, President of ITV America’s scripted business, who will work with Montgomery. The tip ITV Studios US Group post had been empty given chairman Paul Buccieri left a year ago to join A+E Networks.
Montgomery is a latest existence writer to sell his association to a European calm company and eventually turn conduct of a mothership company’s U.S. outpost. The list also includes Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, whose 51 Minds and Original Media were bought by Endemol, with a twin apropos co-CEOs of Endemol North America and after co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America. And Thom Beers of FremantleMedia-owned Original Prods. became CEO of FremantleMedia North America.
Several pivotal executives Montgomery worked with during Leftfield also are removing bigger responsibilities during a powerful company. Leftfield’s Chief Creative Officer Adam Sher will offer in a same ability at ITV America; Leftfield’s General Manager Chris Valentini becomes Chief Operating Officer of ITV America, and Ed Simpson transitions from Leftfield Entertainment to turn EVP, Business Development International, ITV America. Meanwhile, Leftfield’s president David George will attain Montgomery as CEO of that company. Valentini, George and Simpson all sojourn shaped in New York, with Sher stability to work out of Los Angeles.
The heads of all ITV America prolongation companies will continue to lead their particular businesses, stating to Montgomery. A head of a rebranded, Los Angeles-based ITV Entertainment, will be named shortly, with Sher overseeing it in a interim. Several executives are staying put. Oliver De La Hoz stays EVP, Finance; Ivan Garel-Jones stays EVP, Business and Legal Affairs; and Jenise Caiola stays EVP, Human Resources, all during ITV America.
“ITV has left from strength to strength in a U.S. over a final few years both organically and by merger and is now a biggest unscripted indie in a U.S.,” Lygo said. “Bringing all a U.S. prolongation businesses together, ITV America will build on this success as we take a U.S. operations to a subsequent turn and continue to build a tellurian calm business of scale.”
Selling his initial array in 2008, Montgomery shaped Leftfield Pictures a following year, fast flourishing a business to what is now Leftfield Entertainment, that this year produced 364 hours of content, including strike authorization Pawn Stars, and array American Restoration and Counting Cars. Recent commissions include Killing Fields, Food Porn, Brain Surgery Live, Arctic Recovery and He Shed, She Shed.