Who We Are

 

We are makers and thinkers comfortable at the intersection of emerging media and technologies.

 
 
 

Matt Gould, PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION

Matt has helped define unscripted television from different vantage points: as a seller and producer within a large daily media company; as a hands-on commissioning editor at four different broadcasters; as the group head of an independent production company; and as a voice for the entire production community. Prior to FMG, Matt was EVP, NPact, the trade association for content producers. Before that, he oversaw Zig Zag Productions’s US division. He synthesized everything from content development and production to sales, management and business planning. During his tenure, Gould produced content for broadcasters including Fox, Syfy, National Geographic Channel, A&E, Nickelodeon, OLN Canada, Discovery UK, Logo, and Condé Nast Entertainment. Previously, Matt served as Executive Producer, and Co-Head of Program Development, at Turner Broadcasting-owned TruTV. At TruTV Gould contributed to the network’s rapid growth by developing and producing some of its highest-rated series including Storage Hunters, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura and Full Throttle Saloon. Prior, Gould was Head of Program Development at Travel Channel, responsible for such big hits as Man vs. Food and Ghost Adventures. Before that, Matt served as Senior Executive Producer at Discovery Channel and TLC, where he oversaw more than 120 episodes per year including international hit American Chopper. Earlier, as an Executive Producer at The New York Times Company, Matt laid the foundation for the Times’ video strategy, overseeing hit series Trauma: Life in the ER, Now Who’s Boss, and A Cook’s Tour with Anthony Bourdain. Matt is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and professional training seminars, as well as a Council Member in Summit, NJ.

SLEDGE SMITH, VP STRAGETY & OPERATIONS

Sledge's background is deeply rooted in early-stage entrepreneurship on the business side of the creative industry, where media, entertainment & technology meet. Before FMG, Sledge held several cross-functional positions as a key leader for Vaudeville Ventures, a high touch, boutique digital media consultancy, specializing in audience growth and brand engagement strategy for C-Suite clients. Sledge served as chief of staff, director of business development and then head of client services, working with clients including Sotheby’s, Comcast and Margaritaville Media. Sledge was also founding head of client services in NY for integrated marketing agency, BRINK Media, where he helped foster relationship management for clients such as film production company Triggerstreet (Stella Artois online short film festival); Christy Turlington (anti-smoking campaign) and profile Destination Marketing Organizations for Europe, such as the tourism boards for Amsterdam and Monaco. Sledge was a co-founder / executive producer of Brown Bag Films, a TV-advertising production company notable for commercials including the first Nike Brand Jordan comedy campaign, featuring NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, as well as spots for KFC and Sony. At Brown Bag, Sledge oversaw business affairs, which included inking a satellite deal with $70M production company Believe Media. Sledge sits on several advisory boards for startups in the FashionTech, Beauty and AR/VR sectors. He got his first internship at New Line Cinema after buying one share of the publicly traded company and chatting with president Michael Lynne at a shareholders meeting.