Brent Montgomery’s New York-based independent reality TV production company Leftfield Pictures (Pawn Stars) has acquired Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton’s fellow independent unscripted producer Sirens Media. Headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, Sirens Media is behind Bravo’s hit docu-soap Real Housewives Of New Jersey, now in its fifth season, and has nine series in production for Discovery ID, including Who The (Bleep) Did I Marry? and Deadly Affairs, hosted by Susan Lucci. This marks the first acquisition for Leftfield, which is establishing Leftfield Entertainment, a new umbrella company that will be used to continue to expand the company’s production footprint via acquisitions, new joint ventures, and producer overall deals. According to Leftfield, this the first acquisition transaction between two independent U.S. TV production companies, and the first time a U.S. deal was financed entirely by a syndicate of banks (the deal was led by Barclays and includes RBS Citizens and SunTrust banks). “It’s been less than five years since Leftfield’s first show hit the air, and we’re proud to have produced nearly 600 hours of programming and 900 episodes of TV for a wide range of networks,” Montgomery said. “In analyzing the next chapter of our evolution, all roads led to the company remaining independent, and creating growth through alliances with like-minded, maverick producers, and creative entrepreneurs in their own right.” Leftfield Pictures’ portfolio includes History’s Pawn Stars, American Restoration, Counting Cars and Cajun Pawn Stars, along with the franchise’s first international format, Pawn Stars UK; as well as Science’s Oddities, and spinoffs Oddities: San Francisco and Odd Folks Home. The company currently is producing The Governor’s Wife (A&E), Guntucky (CMT), Swamp’d (Animal Planet), and Celebrity Home Raiders (Lifetime). The Leftfield-Sirens deal was brokered by UK-based consulting firm ACF. Leftfield is repped by Peleton Entertainment and ICM Partners, which also reps Sirens.
Leftfield Pictures Acquires ‘Real Housewives Of NJ’ Producer Sirens MediaBy NELLIE ANDREEVA | Deadline.com – Wed, Mar 20, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
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