AO MEDIA launched in 2015 when unscripted and new media pioneer Brent Zacky founded the company after a 20+ year career as a senior network development and production executive. Brent brings extensive experience creating, producing, writing, and directing award-winning programming to this venture.


Brent’s esteemed career includes holding leadership positions at Logo, E!, and TLC, where he launched numerous shows, including Cake Boss, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and All American Muslim, E! True Hollywood Story, Dr. 90210, The Girls Next Door, The Chelsea Handler Show, and Chelsea Lately. 


Partnered with Brent at AO Media is Executive Producer Mike Spierer, who brings his roles as Network Vice President for Programming and Acquisitions at Playboy Entertainment Group, Executive Producer, Development Executive, and Writer to the company. Mike is a true pioneer of multi-platform content and is a known tastemaker with his finger on the pulse of pop culture. 


AO Media is currently in production on Cover Story, GSN’s hit documentary series that reveals never-before-heard details about the famous and infamous moments of iconic game show highlights and scandals. From the Press Your Luck code cracking to lottery corruption to Meghan Markle’s early days on Deal or No Deal, Cover Story peels back the curtain on America’s beloved game show genre. 

In addition, AO Media has developed projects for BET, Z-Living, Hasbro, Reelz Channel, Content Media group, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. 

Brent and Mike don’t just work together, they’re lifelong friends. They met when they were three years old on the same cul-de-sac in Van Nuys where they played cops and robbers, rode bikes, and got into shenanigans together. 


Now, they’re taking their lifetime of trust and complementary styles to the next level at AO. They are eager to build on their strong creative compatibility, deep industry relationships, and passion for innovative storytelling as they launch groundbreaking new content for broadcast, cable, and digital platforms.