NEWS & PRESS
‘Pawn Stars’ Producers Jump to WME (Via Singing Telegram)August 11, 2015
By Lacey Rose, Rebecca Sun
Brent Montgomery and his Leftfield Entertainment Group have left ICM Partners.
Brent Montgomery didn’t go quietly.
The head of Leftfield Entertainment Group, which produces unscripted hits including History’s Pawn Stars, has moved from ICM Partners to WME. He announced the move via singing telegrams during a bicoastal staff meeting earlier today. (See a photo of the memorable announcement below.)
“What better way to seal the marriage than by sending over two male ballerina singing telegrams to simultaneously deliver the message — in song — that Leftfield Pictures was signing; and what better time than when both WME coasts were on a full-staff video conference with one another so the ballerinas could be enjoyed in both 2- and 3D!” said Montgomery, a known prankster.
He added, more seriously: “Leftfield continues to be aggressive and entrepreneurial, and saw an opportunity to do that on a bigger level — well beyond cable and network TV — with WME.”
Montgomery, a regular on The Hollywood Reporter’s reality power list, was courted by several agencies, but ultimately decided that WME was the best fit moving forward for himself and LFE’s Manhattan-based flagship, Leftfield Pictures. The other production companies that fall under the LFE umbrella will remain with their respective reps: Loud TV and Outpost with Peleton Entertainment, Riot Creative with CAA and Siren Media with ICM. LFE, whose Leftfield Pictures credits include Counting Cars, American Restoration, Alone and this fall’s National Geographic special Billy the Kid: New Evidence, sold an 80 percent stake to ITV Studios for $360 million in 2014.
The news comes a day after ICM Partners’ alternative chief Greg Lipstone announced he was hanging up his agency stripes. He is moving in-house to become CEO at longtime client All3Media America, which will remain with ICM.