Named repeatedly by RealScreen as one of the top non-scripted production companies in the world, Mission Control Media, Inc. was formed by veteran television producers Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith with an eye on producing premium content. Known as both creators and executors, Agbabian and Smith’s projects have garnered wide-spread critical acclaim while earning a multitude of awards. Additionally, the duo has amassed an impressive array of credits spanning network, cable, syndication and streaming outlets while successfully tackling virtually every form of alternative programming.
Signature Mission Control projects include Face Off, the long-running Critics Choice Award-winning competition about special effects make-up on Syfy, as well as the hit NBC game show Hollywood Game Night featuring Jane Lynch. In addition to winning multiple Emmy and WGA awards, Hollywood Game Night has also been commissioned in well over 20 international territories.
Other recent Mission Control series include The Soup, the newest incarnation of E!’s iconic comedy clip show, First and Last, the critically-acclaimed Netflix docuseries about incarceration; Apple’s first show, Planet of the Apps featuring Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and will.i.am; Game Face (a Face Off spin-off) for Syfy; Tracks, a music game show with Christina Aguilera for Spike; Celebrity Food Fight for Food Network; Framework hosted by Common for Spike, as well as New Year’s Eve Game Night for NBC.
Mission Control has also enjoyed success creating and producing additional original formats including: Hot Set, a production design competition on Syfy; Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen, an innovative food docu-series on Syfy; How to be a Grown Up for truTV, Hair Jacked, a hidden camera game show for truTV, Late Night Liars on GSN in partnership with The Jim Henson Company; The Big Match, a studio-based dating show for Lifetime; and WCG Ultimate Gamer, produced in partnership with Samsung, for Syfy and USA.
Agbabian and Smith have worked with a diverse array of outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Apple, Netflix, TNT, E!, Lifetime, History, MTV, VH1, Discovery, Spike, truTV, GSN, Bravo, Food Network, Freeform, Oxygen, USA, Syfy, CMT and Quibi. Mission Control Media continues to grow as it creatively pursues new ideas with a variety of partners and outlets to produce innovative, cutting-edge entertainment.