Brent Montgomery is CEO of ITV America, with oversight of ITV’s US portfolio, including ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Outpost Entertainment, Loud TV, Riot Creative, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment, DiGa and Gurney Productions. As the largest independent producer of non-scripted content in the US, ITV America produces more than 800 hours of content and 100 programs, working in partnership with more than 40 networks. Montgomery began his career in unscripted television with stints on such series as The Bachelor, Wife Swap and Blind Date. His company, Leftfield Pictures, sold its first series (The Principal’s Office) in 2008 and grew rapidly, adding myriad series and hundreds of programming hours to its roster, including the industry-defining franchise Pawn Stars. In 2013, at a time when most production-company owners were selling their companies, Montgomery completed the first debt-financing, TV production-company acquisition in the US, purchasing Sirens Media. Soon after, he created and launched Loud TV and Outpost Entertainment, selling what had then become the Leftfield Entertainment group to ITV in 2014. Since then, the Leftfield companies have secured more than 30 new commissions such as Alone, Blood, Sweat and Heels, Cutting It: in the ATL, and specials Billy the Kid: The New Evidence and Brain Surgery Live. Other hits include The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Tiny House Nation, Forged in Fire, and the upcoming series Food Porn and American Grit with John Cena.
Brent MontgomeryChief Executive Officer
Chris ValentiniChief Operating Officer
Adam SherChief Creative Officer
Oliver De La HozChief Financial Officer
Chris Valentini is Chief Operating Officer of ITV America, overseeing operations, production management and the strategic growth of the company. Valentini brings to ITV America more than 30 years of experience as both a creative and business executive in the entertainment industry. Valentini joined Leftfield Pictures in 2010 and was instrumental in steering the company’s evolution into the Leftfield Entertainment group, established in 2013. Prior to joining Leftfield, Valentini was an Executive Producer at National Geographic Channel, overseeing such hits as Border Wars, Taboo, Drugs Inc. and Fight Science. He also was Vice President of Production at Hoff Productions, Tremendous Entertainment and Unapix Entertainment, creating and/or overseeing more than 500 hours of programming for networks including ABC, FOX, History, Discovery, National Geographic Channel and Travel Channel. Valentini is an Emmy and CableACE award-winning producer/director in the unscripted arena, with additional expertise in international distribution and film financing. He holds an undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Adam Sher serves as Chief Creative Officer at ITV America. In this role, he guides the company’s creative strategy, including leveraging intellectual property, managing and brokering high-level talent deals and partnerships, and identifying emerging cable, broadcast and digital platform growth opportunities across the group. Previously, Sher was Chief Creative Officer at Leftfield Entertainment, brokering partnerships with talent from various realms of entertainment, including Kevin Costner and Bethenny Frankel. Prior to Leftfield, Sher was CEO of Ryan Seacrest Productions, serving as executive producer on scripted and unscripted series such as ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, for which he earned an Emmy award. He began his career at the William Morris Agency where, during a 16-year tenure, he represented prolific production companies and executive producers, as well as television broadcasters and personalities.
Oliver De La Hoz leads the financial strategy of ITV’s US based businesses. Previously he was Financial Due Diligence (Mergers & Acquisitions) Director at PwC, based in New York. He has more than a decade’s experience of financial accounting and merger & acquisitions within the entertainment and media industry, including television and film production, broadcasting, distribution, cable, music and video games. He graduated from Georgetown University with a dual degree in Accounting and Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York City.
Chris SilvestriGeneral Counsel, EVP Business & Legal Affairs
Ed SimpsonEVP, Business Development & International
Jenise CaiolaEVP, Human Resources
Chris oversees all aspects of Business & Legal Affairs across the ITV America brands, in addition to his General Counsel duties. Prior to his current role, Chris joined Leftfield Entertainment in 2013 as GC/EVP Legal & Business Affairs and before then was most recently Fox News Network’s Senior VP, Legal and Business Affairs and spent nearly 16 years with the company. He was responsible for the day-to-day legal and business affairs for the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox News Radio, Fox News Edge affiliate news service and their associated digital properties. He also handled content clearance issues, intellectual property matters and prepublication review. During his tenure Chris helped to develop and drive strategies for intellectual property rights and corporate policy and advised senior management. Chris is a graduate of Arizona State University and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and is a member of the New York, New Jersey, Florida and Washington, D.C. Bars.
Ed Simpson serves as Executive Vice President, Business Development & International at ITV America. In charge of business development, corporate strategy and international across ITV America’s various production companies, Simpson also oversees the group’s branded entertainment initiatives, and is charged with monetizing existing rights, establishing new revenue streams, and developing third-party relationships and co-productions. A seasoned producer originally from the United Kingdom, Simpson joined Leftfield Pictures in 2012, focusing on international formats, and mergers and acquisitions activity, including Leftfield’s first acquisition, Sirens Media. He also was instrumental in helping to establish production companies Loud TV, Outpost Entertainment and Riot Creative. Prior to joining Leftfield, Simpson served as showrunner for Left/Right, and was Executive Producer of Development for BBC New York. His credits include Wife Swap, Nanny 911, Faking It, Top of the Pops, Holiday Showdown and Why Am I Still Single?!
Jenise Caiola serves as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for ITV’s US based business. In her role, she oversees HR for ITV America, ITV Studios America, as well the acquired companies, which consist of Gurney Productions, High Noon Entertainment, Thinkfactory Media and DIGA. Prior to joining ITV, Jenise worked in New York in the music industry at EMI Music, which was later acquired by Universal Music Group. As Senior Vice President, HR at EMI Music, North America, she played a key role in preparing the company for the sale process and managed a large HR team serving EMI’s approximately 800 North America-based employees. After the transition, Jenise served as VP, HR at Universal Music Group in NY before leaving UMG to join ITV in LA.