Development

Our Mission

Building upon a 25 year track record of developing and producing top tier automotive content, Brenton’s development team seeks to expand our offerings to meet the growing media needs of both current and future clients.  Our experience in product integration and hybrid funding models has made us a leader in this genre. 
 
Brenton’s development team has done it all:
  • Traditional “work for hire” projects for linear networks
  • Product integrations that allow for creative funding methods
  • Short form streaming content for both content producers and advertisers
 
If you’re looking for fresh, new ideas and equally creative ways to fund and distribute your content, look no further than Brenton Productions.

Current and past network partners include:

Our Team

Melissa Cutlip

Development Consultant

For over 15 years, Melissa Cutlip has been developing and producing loud, engaging content across a variety of genres and formats. Her projects include TLC’s blockbuster hit My Strange Addiction, as well as pilots and series for virtually every major network group in the cable industry including AETN, Discovery, National Geographic and NBC Universal. From gritty cop follow docs to shows about people who eat their own couch, her breadth of experience covers (almost) every facet of the non-fiction content landscape. Melissa has a BA in History and an MA in Journalism, both from The University of Michigan.

Lisa Prieto

Director of Development

Lisa brought her experience in live TV production, copywriting, and online content creation to Brenton in 2011. Since then she has worked on all Brenton series including in a leadership role as a producer/director of All Girls Garage; Two Guys Garage; and Live, Love, Wrench for MotorTrend and MotorTrend On Demand.  In addition to her work in series production, Lisa is a key facilitator of Brenton’s sales of in-show sponsored integrations in Two Guys Garage, Truck U and other Brenton series. A talented writer and communicator, Lisa also leads Brenton’s marketing efforts for both in-show placement business and our development efforts. A native of Indiana, Lisa earned her BA in Communications from Purdue University.

Matt Allegretti

Senior Development Producer

Matt joined the Brenton Productions team in 2005, bringing experience in shooting, editing, and producing. He soon became the producer of Truck U [this should be italicized], which he has led for most of its 16 seasons. In 2012, Matt helped successfully guide the transition of Truck U, from SPEED Channel to its current home on MotorTrend. In his 15 years with Brenton Productions, Matt has helped launch multiple series, including Car Fix, All Girls Garage, and FourWheeler, for MotorTrend and MotorTrend On Demand. In addition to developing new series, Matt supervises Brenton’s post-production team and has directed several of Brenton’s long-running series and prime-time special programs, including the annual SEMA Show special for MotorTrend. Matt has a BA in Mass Communications-Broadcast Journalism from University of South Florida.

Katie Alexander

Development Manager

After completing an internship with Brenton Productions in 2015, Katie’s shooting and editing skills and can-do attitude earned her a full-time position with Brenton Productions. Since joining Brenton, Katie has been involved with production and media deliverables for all of Brenton’s current series. In addition to developing new talent and programming, Katie is currently the assistant director and site manager for FourWheeler, an on-location series developed for MotorTrend. A Florida native, Katie earned her BA in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida.