Leftfield Entertainment: The Snapshot After the Acquisition, 2014 (1 of 2)

This week and next: the Leftfield Entertainment Snapshot, 2014:

  • How many hours?
  • What are the shows?
  • Which networks are buying?
  • And where is the growth?

Most of us were stunned when Leftfield Entertainment, the force behind the History hit Pawn Stars was recently acquired by ITV Studios at a valuation of $450 Mn.

The Rise and Rise of Leftfield Entertainment

We covered the rise and rise of Leftfield from garage-style launch to half-billion dollar sale. Read about our unique Leftfield Case Study here. From $20,000 to $450 Mn in 7 years: The big decisions. The Key Success Factors, Casting examined, 11 reasons why preferred producers have an advantage, and much more

Leftfield had smartly multiplied its earnings and therefore valuation by acquiring the Sirens, Loud and Outpost production companies.

These acquisitions:

  • Diversified Leftfield’s output beyond the Male demo’s targeted by Pawn Stars.
  • Brought solid relationships with new sets of buyers, particularly at channels like Discovery’s ID that are gaining viewers despite an overall stagnant market.
  • And provided Leftfield with significant scale in a rapidly consolidating industry where smaller producers are finding it harder to get access to buyers and to sell shows.

Here is our post-acquisition Leftfield Entertainment Snapshot, with special thanks to the LE team led by Ed Simpson.

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Contribution by Production Unit

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Episodes Hours
Leftfield 347.0 222.5
Sirens 133.0 105.0
Loud 136.0 105.0
Outpost 62.0 40.5
Total 678.0 473.0

 

Hours Produced

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And here are the shows:

LEFTFIELD PICTURES

2014 Shows Channel Episodes Length Hours
Pawn Stars History 104 30 52
American Restoration History 36 30 18
Counting Cars History 39 30 19.5
Pawnography History 10 30 5
Unannounced History 20 30 10
WT (season 1) History 3 60 3
WT (season 1) History 8 60 8
Lachey’s A&E 8 60 8
Love Prison A&E 5 60 5
WT (Pilot) A&E 1 60 1
United Stuff of America H2 8 60 8
Pawn Stars UK History UK 16 30 8
Pawn Stars Australia History-Foxtel 12 30 6
Celebrity Home Raiders Lifetime 8 30 4
WT (season 1) Animal Planet 4 60 4
Clash of the Ozarks Discovery 5 60 5
Blood, Sweat and Heels Bravo 10 60 10
Unannounced Bravo 10 60 10
Guntucky CMT 6 60 6
Tobacco Wars CMT 5 60 5
WT (season 1) E! 3 60 3
WT ESPN 1 60 1
WT (Pilot) HGTV 1 60 1
WT (season 1) WeTV 6 30 3
WT (season 1) Unannounced 26 30 13
WT (season 1) WGN 12 30 6
Total 347 222.5

 

SIRENS
2014 Shows Channel Episodes Length Hours
Real Housewives NJ Bravo 14 60 14
Thicker than Water Bravo 8 60 8
Manzo’d with Children Bravo 8 30 4
Unannounced TWC 6 60 6
NND ID 20 60 20
Unannounced ID 13 60 13
Southern Fried Homicide ID 6 60 6
Unannounced ID 12 30 6
Evil Kin ID 6 60 6
Unannounced ID 12 30 6
Unannounced ID 3 60 3
Abducted ID 12 30 6
Unannounced ID 12 30 6
Unannounced LMN 1 60 1
Total 133 105.0
LOUD
2014 Shows Channel Episodes Length Hours
Ice Holes Nat Geo 8 30 4
Tiny House Nation FYI 10 60 10
Holy & Hungry Cooking 4 30 2
Flip Flop OK 100 HGTV 12 30 6
Food Paradise Travel 6 60 6
Unannounced Travel 7 60 7
Passing the Buck Spike 7 60 7
Restoration Wild Spike 1 60 1
Holy Smokers DestAm 6 60 6
Unannounced Unannounced 7 60 7
Unannounced Unannounced 6 60 6
Unannounced Unannounced 6 60 6
Unannounced Unannounced 12 30 6
Unannounced Unannounced 6 60 6
Unannounced Unannounced 26 30 13
Unannounced Unannounced 12 60 12
Total 136 105.0
OUTPOST
2014 Shows Channel Episodes Length Hours
American Icons PBS 2 60 2
Unannounced PBS 4 60 2
Biography Series PBS 8 60 8
Unannounced History 1 60 1
Unannounced H2 10 60 10
Unannounced Unannounced 1 30 0.5
Unannounced Unannounced 6 30 1.5
Unannounced Unannounced 1 30 0.5
Unannounced Unannounced 6 30 3
Unannounced Unannounced 10 60 5
Unannounced Unannounced 1 60 1
Unannounced Unannounced 12 30 6
Total 62 40.5

My Upcoming Markets

  • TV France International’s Le Rendez-Vous celebrates its 20th edition in Biarritz, September 7-11, 2014
  • MIPCOM, Cannes, October 12-15.
  • And meetings in Joburg, September 28-30.