Leadership in Place for Brent Montgomery’s Spoke Studios


Brent Montgomery has put in place the leadership team for Spoke Studios, Wheelhouse Entertainment’s first production label.

Will Nothacker and Joe Weinstock have been named co-presidents of Spoke Studios. Nothacker, one of the earliest development executives hired at Montgomery’s first production company, Leftfield Pictures, joins Spoke Studios from his most recent post as creative director at ITV Creative, the in-house production infrastructure of ITV America. Weinstock, based in Spoke Studios’ Los Angeles offices, also comes to the production company from Leftfield Pictures, where he served as senior VP of development at the ITV America company. Nothacker and Weinstock report dually to Montgomery and Wheelhouse Entertainment Chief Strategy Officer Ed Simpson.

Justin Comins has been appointed as VP of development at Spoke Studios, while Gardner Reed was named director of development. Comins served for two years as director of development at Leftfield Pictures. Reed was with Leftfield Pictures for four years, most recently as manager of development. Comins, who is based on the West Coast, reports to Weinstock; Reed, based on the East Coast, reports to Nothacker.

Montgomery served as CEO of ITV America from 2015 until this past January and currently serves as a strategic advisor. Spoke Studios has entered into a production partnership with ITV America.

Montgomery said, “Building a new creative entity from the ground up requires a team of dedicated out-of-the-box thinkers whose talent is matched by their initiative and desire to do something different—it is not for the faint of heart. I am extremely eager, once again, to be on the creative front lines, working closely with Will and Joe whose drive and creativity make them ideal to lead Spoke Studios on both coasts. In concert with ITV America, our best-in-class production partner, we will focus development on fewer projects that are bigger and bolder in scope, while aligning ourselves with A-list talent, and those we believe soon will be. Ed Simpson and I could not be more proud of the Spoke Studios team, and can’t wait to share our unique creative with the marketplace.”