B17 Entertainment is a full-service production company based in Los Angeles producing breakthrough content in a variety of genres including comedy, reality, documentary, and game. As leaders in a new era of content creation, our focus is on multi-platform programming with millennial appeal.

About B17

BRIEN MEAGHER & RHETT BACHNER | Founders / Executive Producers

B17 Entertainment was founded by principals Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher.  After partnering with CORE Media Group in 2013, Bachner and Meagher have since created and launched the comedic format Broke A$$ Game Show, currently in its second season at MTV, Fluffy Breaks Even, the upcoming FUSE series featuring global funny man Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, as well as several other shows currently in various stages of production. Bachner and Meagher served as producers on ABC’s Emmy-nominated Shark Tank. They also executive produced The Pitch for AMC, Be The Boss for A&E, Real Deal for History, and Supermarket Superstar for Lifetime. In addition, they have developed projects with Snapchat, MTV, Spike, GSN, A&E, Discovery Channel, TNT, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, E! and VH-1.

Prior to B17 Entertainment, Bachner served as Executive Producer on The Henry Rollins Show on IFC, Man Caves on DIY and Co-Executive Producer on Losing It With Jillian Michaels on NBC. Meagher worked as a Development Executive for Mark Burnett Productions, where he was Co-Executive Producer on Shark Tank and Expedition Impossible and also worked on The Apprentice. Bachner and Meagher are represented by CAA.

JACKIE HAKIM | VP, Production
Jackie got her start in commercial production, overseeing logistics on hundreds of spots around the world. She transitioned into television as a producer on Sunday Morning Shootout, AMC’s long running series with Peter Guber and Peter Bart. She moved on to produce a number of game shows and specials for networks like GSN, CMT, Discovery, and VH1, including reunion shows for the Basketball Wives and Real Housewives franchises as well as Shark After Dark LIVE. Jackie later joined forces with Brien and Rhett on Shark Tank for ABC and Be The Boss for A&E.  Jackie has produced projects with Academy Award-winning DP's, award winning film directors and has an extensive knowledge of many industry formats including short films, commercials, talk, live, game, docu-follow, and reality. When she manages to find free time, she spends it training canines and, for the right price, humans*.

*Human training available Q1 2016.
STEVEN GARCIA | VP, Current Programming & Development
Steven began producing alongside Rhett and Brien on the set of Shark Tank Season 1. He has produced and directed a variety of projects for the dynamic duo including AMC’s The Pitch, A&E’s Be the Boss, and Lifetime’s Supermarket Superstar. Garcia has produced content for networks such as NBC, ABC, AMC, MTV, CW, Esquire, SyFy, Yahoo!, Discovery Channel and, most recently, National Geographic. Currently, Garcia is in various stages of development on multiple projects for B17 and serves as a Co-Executive Producer on their newest comedic endeavor Fluffy Breaks Even starring America’s favorite funny man Gabriel Iglesias. Steven believes in aliens and really likes tacos*.

*Note: Steven’s love of tacos trumps his love of aliens every time. Hands down.
JEFF THIEME | Development Executive
Jeff brings a broad skillset, as well as a sense of panache and chutzpah, to B17 Entertainment. He cut his teeth on unscripted and competition hits such as Extreme Home Makeover, American Ninja Warrior, Top Shot, and the Ghost Hunters franchise. On any given day, you may find him writing, shooting, producing, editing, or crying in a dimly lit room. In his free time, he can be found at the Venice pier practicing his Crane technique* on ne’er-do-wells.

*While Jeff has a fondness for karate gi’s, he doesn’t actually know karate.
ALIZA BRESNICK | Development Assistant
When Aliza was a baby, a TV fell on her (no permanent damage... that we know of) and, ever since, she’s been obsessed with the medium. She got her start working the night shift as a video logger on Real World: Skeletons and then moved on to work at a talent agency until she found her new home at B17! Aliza loves getting to dabble in multiple facets of the industry from development and casting to pre and post production, and even wardrobe styling! In her spare time, Aliza doubles as a writer, talent wrangler for awards shows, an amateur cupcake artist, world traveler, aerial artist, and social media stalker investigative researcher.
ASHTON COPELAND | Development Associate
Ashton hails from the entertainment capital of the world: Kentucky. Being from the Bluegrass State, he's required to have an obsession with college basketball (and all forms of sports to be honest). He brings television experience as a producer for the Jim Rome show on CBS Sports, as well as time with global advertising agency BBDO. At B17, you can find him in the throes of all types of development and production.
MALLORY MARSEE | Production Coordinator
A true Midwest girl, Mallory moved to Hollywood with stars in her eyes and a grumbling for Chipotle in her stomach. She has worked on the production end for such shows as Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot. At B17, she puts her extensive experience with sasquatches to use on a daily basis as she manages the daily production needs of her hirsute colleagues.
BUZZ BERGER | Development Executive
Buzz is a multifaceted executive with a background in production and development for television as well as digital. As a producer, he began his career with Bunim/Murray Productions producing such shows as MTV's The Challenge, FOX's The Simple Life, and the ever so classy Bad Girls Club for Oxygen. (Don't hold that one against him.) Berger has produced and developed for an array of networks and digital platforms including ABC, VH1, Disney XD, truTV, Go90, Machinima, etc. He has a passion for packaging (no, not the kind used to wrap presents) and has packaged projects with talent such as the iconic Andrew Dice Clay to the incomparable Viola Davis. Buzz's first name is Jaz with one “z” and his middle name is Kealoha. He is a whopping 1/16 Hawaiian and was born in a loft in Brooklyn, NY. He comes from a long line of creatives, artists, and writers.
COLIN HARGRAVES | Creative Director
Colin has worked pretty much every job in production and post production. However, despite the fact that he is a classically trained oil painter, his makeup skills leave much to be desired. He began his career working for MTV & VH1, but his “devil may care” attitude soon found him directing, shooting & editing docu-series for National Geographic, History and Discovery channels. He’s worked all over the world with nearly every form of wildlife whether they be human or non-human. As co-executive producer, director and lead editor, Colin was part of the core team responsible for A&E’s breakout mega-hit Duck Dynasty. Alongside his wife, he created, wrote, directed and edited the Monster Survival Guide a radical AF scripted comedy for Nat Geo and was also involved in the popular scripted webseries Lonely Girl 15. Colin has again set his sights on the digital world and is presently the Creative Director of B17’s digital phantom limb, Thumb Candy. When Colin is not telling stories at work, he’s telling kick-ass bedtime stories to his two daughters, fabricating miniatures, podcasting, board gaming & dungeon mastering like a boss. 60% of Colin’s bad show puns are guaranteed* to one day become actual television shows.

*not a guarantee

B17 Shows

When global funny man Gabriel Iglesias and his tourmates hit the road, they love to explore all the great places to eat along the way. Join Fluffy and his eccentric crew as they indulge in the best eats across the country, discover local gems and seek out unique activities.
Bigger. Badder. Broker! Broke A$$ Game Show is back and more bizarre than ever. Hosts David Magidoff and Derek Gaines return to the streets of NYC, bringing their irreverent brand of comedy with them as they spread joy and cash to anyone willing to play their busted games. From super strong crotch magnets to playground games with a sumo wrestler, the guys are once again disturbing the peace and asking passersby to trade in their dignity in the name of money.

Now Casting

NOW CASTING: MAKE UP OR BREAK UP

We are seeking couples at a crossroad in their relationship for a groundbreaking new series that helps couples make the critical decision: should they make up or break up?

Selected couples will be filmed in front of a small studio audience as they meet with our relationship expert. They’ll share their life together, through a series of filmed packages and brief chats in order to come to the right decision. Breakups are rough, but making the decision is the hardest part. We could all use some outside perspective when figuring out whether to stay or go.

Apply Now: https://makeuporbreakupcasting.com

NOW CASTING: UNTITLED COOKING SHOW

Has a family recipe you once cherished been lost with the passing of a loved one?

Would you give anything to be able to recreate and taste that dish again?

If you’re fun, daring and eager to get that recipe back come be a part our new cooking format.

Please send a video telling us WHO you want to reconnect with and WHAT recipe you want to obtain.

Also let us know if you are an L.A. native.

Male or Female / Featured / All Ethnicities / 18 – 30

Email: casting@b17entertainment.com

NOW CASTING: FASHION COMPETITION SHOW

Seeking young female fashionistas/wardrobe stylists ages 18-25 for a totes fresh new reality competition show!

You’ll have the chance to strut your swag in front of MILLIONS on one of the world’s most popular digital outlets!

We’re not looking for off-the-rack copycats, but seriously original tastemakers who are not afraid to take RISKS in the name of fashion.

RULES TO APPLY: Submit a 30 sec. to 2 min. video shot vertically on a smart phone to casting@b17entertainment.com. Explain who you are, describe your unique sense of style and walk us through 3 of your looks. Also provide head-to-toe pictures of you rocking some of your favorite gear.

NOW CASTING: GAME SHOW CONTESTANTS

We are currently casting for outgoing, energetic people who have a true love for game shows.

If you dominate at pub trivia or rule the living room when watching Jeopardy, then we want to hear from you!

Send a brief video (or video link) to: info@b17entertainment.com. Tell us a little about yourself and be sure to show off your personality.

Please put “GAME SHOW” in your subject line.

We can’t wait to meet you!

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