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Lighthearted Entertainment creates ground-breaking, dynamic unscripted content for television and digital platforms around the world.

Established in 1992 by Howard Schultz, Lighthearted quickly achieved global success with properties such as ABC’s “Extreme Makeover” and Fox’s “The Moment of Truth,” which set the stage for an electric portfolio of thousands of hours of innovative and compelling programming. Today, co-owners and Presidents Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler continue to develop and produce much buzzed-about series, including current hits “Dating Naked” on VH1 and “Are You The One?” on MTV. Learn more…


Our Shows

  • New season premiering January 2017! MTV
  • Series premier Nov 1 @9/8c Oxygen
  • VH1
  • Discovery Life
  • VH1
  • TNT
  • TLC
  • Animal Planet
  • FOX
  • MTV
  • ABC

Our Shows

  • New season premiering January 2017! MTV
  • Series premier Nov 1 @9/8c Oxygen
  • VH1
  • Discovery Life


  • Adventure Vacation Show

    Do you have a friend, SO, or family member who needs an attitude adjustment? Perhaps your friends and family think YOU need a little help? A major cable network is now casting PAIRS of people who are ready to make a BIG change in their lives & strengthen their relationship while experiencing an ADVENTURE VACATION of a lifetime!

    Apply for Casting
  • Are You the One?

    Ready to meet your perfect match? MTV’s ARE YOU THE ONE? Apply now for your chance to find the love of your life and compete for your share of a huge cash prize! You must be at least 21 years of age by January 1st, 2016. Also, you must be SINGLE, have a big personality and be looking to make a genuine connection.  

    Apply for Casting
  • Last Squad Standing

    Do you and your friends have an unbreakable bond? We’re looking for a group of friends who have been through it all- the good, the bad and the dramatic. You and your friends will compete against other groups to prove that your crew is truly ‘ride or die’. The winning team will share in a BIG REWARD!

    Apply for Casting
  • Dating Naked

    Lighthearted Entertainment is casting for VH1’s DATING NAKED. Are you tired of being single? Tried every online dating site imaginable and not finding anyone worth your time? For those who are ready to make themselves VULNERABLE and fully EXPOSE who they are, this dating show is providing the chance to find love.  

    Apply for Casting

"The Moment of Truth" Season 2 - Episode 13 (Part 3)
18 December 2015
"The Moment of Truth" is BACK. Lighthearted Entertainment has opened up the archives and is very excited to present Part 3 of Episode 13 from the second season of the #1 new show of 2009. After becoming an American hit, it went on to worldwide fame, being produced in over 40 countries across the globe. The game sounds simple enough... answer 21 questions truthfully and the grand prize of $500,000 is yours! However, most of the contestants end up finding out that facing all of the lies in your life in front of your friends, family, and co-workers with the world watching is the opposite of simple. Please be sure to SUBSCRIBE as there are many more amazing episodes of TMOT to come. Every Friday we'll be releasing a new video at 12pm!
The Big Date - Ep. 50 (Featuring Jon Hamm)
04 April 2014
Lighthearted Entertainment delivers another awesome episode of the hit 90's dating game show "The Big Date" hosted by Mark L. Walberg. Oh yeah... and this one features Jon Hamm! Be sure to SUBSCRIBE as there are many more classic episodes & possible celebrity sightings to come. Lighthearted has also started releasing episodes of their groundbreaking game show "The Moment of Truth" (previously on FOX) "The Moment of Truth" Other Links This video is brought to you in part by the miracle medication Azzurx:
MTV's "Are You The One?" - Anthony's New Hookup Record
21 November 2014
Anthony is determined to make all the women in the house fall in love with him. Be sure to watch him break the show's all-time hookup record on the next full episode of Lighthearted Entertainment's "Are You The One", this Monday 10/9c on MTV! More shows created by Lighthearted Entertainment: PLUS... Full "Are You The One?" episodes are available here!
My Future Valentine
11 February 2015
Lighthearted Entertainment is very proud to present it's first original YouTube video "My Future Valentine". If you had the chance, what would you say to your future Valentine/wife/husband? Please let us know in the comments below! We also invite you to make your own video to your future squeeze and post it to the Twitterverse. #MyFutureValentine "Love is out there. Find it." More classic Lighthearted Entertainment can be found here:



  • New Original Series ‘Last Squad Standing’ Premieres Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 9/8c! (September 7, 2016) – Move over Taylor Swift, Oxygen Media is taking #squadgoals to the next level in the brand new competition series “Last Squad Standing” premiering Tuesday, November 1 at 9 PM ET/PT. Hosted by Alesha Reneé(“Girl Code”), three groups of friends from around the country will live together, compete and ultimately vote each other off the show for a grand prize of $100,000 and the title of “Last Squad Standing.” Read more…

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  • VH1’s ‘Dating Naked’ Sets Rocsi Diaz as Season 3 Host (May 24, 2016) – VH1’s popular reality series “Dating Naked” has added former “Entertainment Tonight” co-host and correspondent Rocsi Diaz as host of the show’s upcoming third season, TheWrap has learned exclusively. Diaz is a multi-platform broadcast personality who was also the co-host of BET’s “106 & Park.” Earlier in her career, she hosted a number of popular FM radio programs across the U.S. as well as BET’s nationally syndicated radio program “106 & Park Weekend Countdown” and her own radio program “Rocsi on the Radio.” This season once again features two main daters, David and Natalie, as they search for love on a tropical island paradise. Shot on location in Bora Bora, the two explore the art of romance, free from the burden of the outside world and their clothes. Read more at  

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  • MTV renews ARE YOU THE ONE for a fourth season

    MTV Press Release (November 11, 2015) — MTV today announced a season four renewal for its hit matchmaking experiment “Are You The One?”. The series is coming off the highest-rated episode of its current season with a 1.42 P12-34 L+3 rating – representing a 78% lift versus live + same day – and currently pacing up 8 percent over its prior season. Last week’s airing was also the highest-rated episode since the first season finale in March of 2014. Socially, “Are You The One?” is logging significant gains versus last season on Instagram (+136%), Twitter (+15%) and Facebook (+12%).  In addition, MTV’s been engaging fans throughout the season with more than half a million votes being cast during #PlayAYTO, an interactive TV experience that allows fans to play along with the show and compete to win a trip to Hawaii.  The penultimate episode of season three airs Wednesday, November 11 on …

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  • Variety’s Reality Impact Report 2015: Jeff Spangler & Rob LaPlante

    Variety Magazine (September 29, 2015) — Following founder Howard Schultz’s sudden death in late 2014, the duo took over the company, keeping the “lighthearted” mission intact. Since, MTV’s young-skewing hit “Are You the One?,” a spin on the dating genre, has entered its third season, and VH1’s cult favorite “Dating Naked” will follow suit. Continue reading at

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