Dwight D. Smith

Dwight D. Smith

Co-President / Executive Producer

Dwight D. Smith is an award-winning television producer who is the Co-President and Co-Founder of Mission Control Media, consistently ranked by the Real Screen organization as one of the top non-scripted production companies in the world. 

Smith moved to Los Angeles the day after graduating from Ball State University and within a few short years had worked his way up the ranks to become an award-winning writer with credits including General Hospital, Days of Our Lives and several sitcoms.  

Smith then teamed up with producer Michael Agbabian, and the duo have been collaborating non-stop ever since, including projects such as Last Comic Standing, Weakest Link, Game Show Marathon and Phenomenon.  In 2008, Agbabian and Smith formed Mission Control Media, specializing in premium reality television, docuseries and game shows.  Since that time they have created and produced the Emmy and WGA Award-winning NBC game show Hollywood Game Night as well as the Critics’ Choice Award-winning special effects make-up competition Face Off.  Other Mission Control projects include the gritty docuseries First and Last on Netflix; Apple’s first show, Planet of the Apps; Adventure Beast; Game Face; Celebrity Food Fight; Framework; How to Be a Grown-Up; Hot Set; Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen and Late Night Liars among others.   

Agbabian and Smith have extensive relationships throughout television having worked with a large number  of outlets and partners including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Netflix, Apple, TNT, TBS, truTV, Bravo, Lifetime, Discovery, History, MTV, VH1, Food Network, GSN, Oxygen, Freeform, USA, Syfy, Snapchat, Twitch, Roku, Samsung and FaZe Clan. 

Michael Agbabian

Co-President / Executive Producer

Michael Agbabian is Co-President and Co-Founder of Mission Control Media, consistently named by RealScreen as one of the top non-scripted production companies in the world. Mission Control has amassed an impressive array of credits spanning network, cable and streaming outlets while producing a robust slate of premium content each year.

Agbabian is the Executive Producer and Co-creator of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night hosted by Jane Lynch. The star-studded game show has earned multiple Emmys and WGA awards among others.  Agbabian also serves as Executive Producer and Co-creator of Syfy’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning special FX make-up competition, Face Off.

Other Mission Control projects include the reboot of the iconic comedy series The Soup, First and Last for Netflix, Apple’s first show, Planet of the Apps; Celebrity Food Fight hosted by Andy Richter for Food Network and Tracks, a music game show with Christina Aguilera. Additional projects include Adventure Beast (Netflix), Floored (Roku), Pop5 (Quibi), New Year’s Eve Game Night (NBC), Framework (Spike); How To Be a Grown Up (truTV), Hair Jacked (truTV), Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen (Syfy), Hot Set (Syfy), WCG Ultimate Gamer (SYFY) and Late Night Liars (GSN).

Along with producing partner, Dwight D Smith, Agbabian has also produced such projects as Last Comic Standing, Game Show Marathon, Weakest Link, Phenomenon, I’ve Got a Secret and Hit Me Baby One More Time.

Agbabian is a Los Angeles native having attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is of Armenian descent and is active in Armenian-related charities and causes.

Michael Agbabian
Michael Agbabian

Michael Agbabian

Co-President / Executive Producer

Michael Agbabian is Co-President and Co-Founder of Mission Control Media, consistently named by RealScreen as one of the top non-script production companies in the world.  Mission Control has amassed an impressive array of credits spanning network, cable and streaming outlets while producing a robust slate of premium content each year.

Agbabian is the Executive Producer and Co-creator of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night hosted by Jane Lynch.  The star-studded game show has earned multiple Emmys and WGA awards among others.  Agbabian also serves as Executive Producer and Co-creator of Syfy’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning special FX make-up competition, Face Off.

Other Mission Control projects include the reboot of the iconic comedy series The Soup, First and Last for Netflix, Apple’s first show, Planet of the Apps; Celebrity Food Fight hosted by Andy Richter for Food Network and Tracks, a music game show with Christina Aguilera for Spike.  Additional projects include Floored (Quibi), Pop5 (Quibi), New Year’s Eve Game Night (NBC), Framework (Spike); How to be a Grown-Up (truTV), Hair Jacked (truTV), Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen (Syfy), Hot Set (Syfy), WCG Ultimate Gamer (SYFY) and Late Night Liars (GSN).

Along with producing partner, Dwight D Smith, Agbabian, has also produced such projects as Last Comic Standing, Game Show Marathon, Weakest Link, Phenomenon, I’ve Got a Secret and Hit Me Baby One More Time.

Agbabian is a Los Angeles native having attended the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.  He is of Armenian descent and is active in Armenian-related charities and causes.

Nicholas Oakley

Nicholas Oakley

Senior Vice President, Development

Nicholas Oakley has been producing and developing non-scripted programming for over 15 years, on both sides of the pond (five years in the UK, ten years in the US), and on both sides of the table (as both a seller and as a network buyer).

Oakley spent the first few years of his career in London, mainly at the BBC, in junior production roles. He cut his teeth as a researcher on daily late night comedy shows and daytime talk shows, and cast contestants on major prime time game shows like Weakest Link.

In 2003, Oakley was hired by the production arm of ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, to create formats of his own. There, he helped develop BAFTA-winning variety shows, game shows and competition series. In 2005, the company relocated Oakley to their Los Angeles office to help launch US versions of reality shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Nanny 911 and Celebrity Fit Club.

After 5 years at ITV, Oakley was hired by MTV in Los Angeles as VP of Development where he oversaw multiple pilots as well as current series such as A Double Shot At Love and The Girls of Hedsor Hall.

Oakley left MTV to run the US office of the UK prodco Mentorn where he was instrumental in setting up projects at a wide range of networks including Food Network, Discovery, Style, CMT and MTV International.

Oakley returned to the network side of the business again in 2014 to run West Coast Development for the HLN network at CNN. There, he helped bring in the network’s first slate of original non-news series, overseeing the development of docuseries, prank shows, travel formats and game shows, managing each all the way from pilot through the resulting series. During his tenure there, HLN became the second fastest growing network in cable.

Oakley is excited to have joined Mission Control Media and be reunited with Dwight D. Smith and Michael Agbabian, who he had the pleasure of working with previously at ITV Studios.

Brent Burnette

Vice President, Current and Development

Brent Burnette was born in Kansas and raised in Western Massachusetts. He graduated from Syracuse University and then began his career in New York City on the original primetime version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

After working for several years in the game show genre, Burnette moved over to reality television and began accumulating credits on a number of different shows including Undercover Boss, Wife Swap and What Not To Wear.

In 2005, Burnette began his career in development when he helped launch and serve as Director of Programming for the New York Television Festival (NYTVF); the first independent television festival. Later, Burnette was VP of Current Series and Development for Magilla Entertainment and then SVP of Development for Zodiak NY.

In 2014, Burnette moved to Los Angeles and spent the next two years developing comedy projects as Head of Development for Wanda Sykes’ production company, Push It Productions.

Over his 15 plus year career in entertainment, Burnette has been lucky enough to work in a variety of genres and accumulated credits with a number of different networks including ABC, CBS, Discovery, ESPN, History, MTV, TLC, and truTV.

He joins Mission Control Media after previously working with Michael and Dwight on the project, How To Be A Grown Up.

Brent Burnette
Brent Burnette

Brent Burnette

Vice President, Current and Development

Brent Burnette was born in Kansas and raised in Western Massachusetts. He graduated from Syracuse University and then began his career in New York City on the original primetime version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

After working for several years in the game show genre, Burnette moved over to reality television and began accumulating credits on a number of different shows including Undercover Boss, Wife Swap, and What Not To Wear.

In 2005, Burnette began his career in development when he helped launch and serve as Director of Programming for the New York Television Festival (NYTVF); the first independent television festival. Later on, Burnette was VP of Current Series and Development for Magilla Entertainment and then SVP of Development for Zodiak NY.

In 2014, Burnette moved to Los Angeles and spent the next two years developing comedy projects as Head of Development for Wanda Sykes’ production company, Push It Productions.

Over his 15 plus year career in entertainment, Burnette has been lucky enough to work in a variety of genres and accumulated credits with a number of different networks including ABC, CBS, Discovery, ESPN, History, MTV, TLC, and truTV.

He joins Mission Control Media after previously working with Michael and Dwight on the project, How To Be A Grown Up.

Judson Jackson

Vice President, Production

Judson Jackson was born in Akron, Ohio and lived everywhere from New York City to Sao Paulo, Brazil, before making his way to California. Having grown up around television, Jackson produced his first television series called No Room For Talk at the age of 17 for INSP and hasn’t looked back since.

Jackson puts his international background to good use having produced in such diverse locations as London’s West End, stadiums in Israel, rooftops in Athens, on the shores of the Caribbean, hidden shacks in rural Arkansas, and legendary stages in Hollywood. Utilizing his passion for creative problem solving and with a passion for constantly evolving technology, Jackson has been able to make production happen anytime, anywhere while creatively managing the budget so it all comes to life. This skillset has afforded him the opportunity to work with a wide variety of studios and outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, Netflix, Disney+, Peacock, Food Network, HBOMax, YouTube Originals, Universal Pictures, Twitch, INSP, TNT, TBS, and National Geographic among others.  

To date Jackson has produced over 800+ episodes of television which have aired across the United States and around the world. 

Jackson currently resides in Los Angeles with his husband Brayden, dogs Bruno and Gloria, and cat Schrodinger.

Carly Rogers

Executive Assistant

Carly Rogers is a New England native and a recent USC MFA graduate. In her time at USC she produced several short films, including the short documentary project Immigrant at Home which showed in film festivals Doc LA, St. Louis International Film Festival, Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and the Impact Doc Awards where it won the Award of Merit for documentary short.

 

Also at USC Carly served as the Vice President of the Student Production Council, a student-led organization involved with faculty and staff, advocating for student needs and improvements to the MFA Production Program.

 

Carly is excited to be a part of the Mission Control Media team and gain more experience assisting in all aspects of the company.

Carly Rogers

Executive Assistant

Carly Rogers is a New England native and a recent USC MFA graduate. In her time at USC she produced several short films, including the short documentary project Immigrant at Home which showed in film festivals Doc LA, St. Louis International Film Festival, Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and the Impact Doc Awards where it won the Award of Merit for documentary short.

 

Also at USC Carly served as the Vice President of the Student Production Council, a student-led organization involved with faculty and staff, advocating for student needs and improvements to the MFA Production Program.

 

Carly is excited to be a part of the Mission Control Media team and gain more experience assisting in all aspects of the company.