Endemol Shine North America and True Entertainment Sign Left Hook Media To Overall Producing Deals
June 8, 2016 - Endemol Shine North America and its subsidiary production company True Entertainment have each signed unscripted team Left Hook Media to overall production deals, it was announced today by Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America and co-Chairmen, Endemol Shine Americas and Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh, Co-Presidents and Co-CEOs, of True Entertainment and Endemol Shine’s Original Media.
Left Hook Media, founded by hit unscripted producers Scott Teti and Matt Odgers, is already in production with the Endemol Shine North America team on the upcoming MTV series “Almost Impossible Game Show.” Left Hook has also paired with True Entertainment for the upcoming series “Summer House” on Bravo, which already airs several True series, including the top-rated “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Teti and Odgers formerly produced top unscripted hits like “Flavor of Love,” “Rock of Love” and “I Love New York” while at Endemol Shine-owned subsidiary 51 Minds Entertainment, which was initially co-founded by Abrego.
“I’m personally thrilled to have both Scott and Matt back working with me and with our extended team here at Endemol Shine,” says Abrego. “They are two of the most creative, hard-working guys in this business and they’ve produced nearly every type of unscripted show imaginable. And they are already off and running with several series coming down the pike including ‘Almost Impossible Game Show’ at MTV.”
True Entertainment’s Weinstock and Hersh said, “Scott and Matt have a great history producing edgy and diverse shows that tap into pop culture in a fun and unique way. We’re excited to work with them on ‘Summer House’ and other series that push the envelope across a range of genres.”
Added Teti and Odgers, “We’re incredibly excited to be working with Cris again and everyone at Endemol Shine North America, as well as Steven and Glenda at True Entertainment. With the vast amount of experience, insight and resources these companies provide, we really couldn’t have hoped for a better place to launch Left Hook Media.”
Founded by Teti and Odgers, Left Hook Media is an entertainment company dedicated to creating and producing bold and comedic hits that come from areas you’d never expect, as well as pioneering the future of television.
Odgers began his early career producing hit shows like “Blind Date” and “Surreal Life,” while Teti began as an editor on hits like “Growing up Gotti” and “The Simple Life,” before moving into producing himself.
Teti first met Odgers in post production on the hit series “Flavor of Love” (for 51 Minds), with Teti editing and Odgers working as Co-EP. That meeting spawned a producer collaboration that would deliver a number of greatest hits, including the continued “Flavor of Love” success, “Rock of Love,” “I Love New York,” “Real Chance of Love” and “I Love Money.”
In 2012, both Teti and Odgers left 51 Minds. Odgers joined A. Smith and Company as Senior Vice President, producers of “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares.” Teti served as an executive producer on numerous unscripted productions, including the number one cable series “Duck Dynasty.”
Now Teti and Odgers have rejoined forces and established Left Hook Media. With a bent toward comedy, Left Hook Media is focused on creating formats and docu-series with big characters, loud moments and innovative ideas for both television and the web.
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ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world.
Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and now across all of Latin America. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind such hit series as Big Brother (CBS), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Hell on Wheels (AMC), Ink Master (Spike), Kingdom (DirecTV), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Restaurant Startup (CNBC), Swamp People (History), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Steve Harvey (NBCU), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT), Billion Dollar Buyer (CNBC) and upcoming Hunted (CBS), Superhuman (FOX), The Almost Impossible Game Show (MTV), and I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime).
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ABOUT TRUE ENTERTAINMENT
Focusing on documentary and alternative programming, True Entertainment uses powerful storytelling to bring real stories about real people to television audiences around the world. Current series include Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Don’t Be Tardy, The Real Housewives of Potomac and the upcoming Summer House for Bravo; Love Lust or Run, starring Stacy London, for TLC; and Hack My Life for TruTV. In 2003 and 2006, True earned Emmy awards for A Baby Story; the series was also nominated for Emmys in 2004, 2005 and 2007. True also earned a 2003 Emmy nomination for 110 Stories, an Emmy and three nominations for Trauma: Life in the ER, and a 2015 Emmy nomination for Animal Planet’s Too Cute. Founded by award-winning producers Steven Weinstock and Glenda Hersh in 2000, the company is now a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
ABOUT ORIGINAL MEDIA
Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include Dual Survival for Discovery; Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; Swamp People for History; Comic Book Men for AMC; and I Love You… But I Lied for LMN.