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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

  • 9/8c MTV
  • Wed @ 9PM MTV
  • Series premier Nov 1 @9/8c Oxygen
  • VH1
  • Discovery Life
  • VH1
  • TNT
  • TLC
  • Animal Planet
  • FOX
  • MTV
  • ABC

Our Shows

  • 9/8c MTV
  • Wed @ 9PM MTV
  • Series premier Nov 1 @9/8c Oxygen
  • VH1


  • 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 May 1, 2018. Also, you must be SINGLE, have a big personality and be looking to make a genuine connection.  

    Apply for Casting
  • Will Packer Dating Show

    Are you an Atlanta-based single professional between the ages of 30-50 who is still searching for that special someone?  Are all your friends shocked that you haven’t yet found “the one” because you’re such a catch? A brand new show from mega-producer Will Packer wants to help you find love! Note: MUST live within one hour drive of Atlanta to be considered.

    Apply for Casting
  • Rap Music Fans Needed

    Rap Music Fans Needed for Photo Shoot! Are you a fan of Rap music? Do you have a good ear for dope bars? Are you LOUD & FUN and down to be apart of a TV shoot that features rappers? If this sounds like you (your friends too) and you are CURRENTLY LOCATED IN LOS ANGELES we want you to be in the audience for a new RAP COMPETITION SHOW!!!

    Apply for Casting
  • Untitled Superfan Show

    Are you totally OBSESSED with a YouTube star? Do you think you know everything there is to know about your favorite YouTube celebrity? We want to give you the chance to prove you’re the biggest superfan and win BIG BUCKS in the process! You’ll compete against other superfans, testing both your knowledge of your favorite YouTube celeb & your survival skills!

    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:


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  • Lighthearted Entertainment Expands Development Team (July 19, 2017) – Lighthearted Entertainment, the production company that specializes in unscripted television and is behind shows such as MTV’s “Are You The One?” is boosting its development team. The company has brought on two new executive hires and promoted another, Variety has learned. “Lighthearted Entertainment is proud to both add to our team and promote from within as we address the needs of our constantly evolving industry. We look forward to working with our new team as the company continues to produce provocative unscripted content,” said Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler, presidents of Lighthearted Entertainment. Unscripted exec Paul Taylor has come aboard Lighthearted Entertainment to serve as senior vice president of production, overseeing all financial and logistic aspects of the company’s production and development slate. Before joining Lighthearted, Taylor was vice president of production for 51 Minds Entertainment where he oversaw production of shows like “Below Deck,” “Steve …

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  • Lighthearted names new SVP of production, expands development team (July 18, 2017) – California-based prodco Lighthearted Entertainment has appointed Paul Taylor as senior vice president of production. Taylor (pictured, above) will oversee all financial and logistical aspects of the company’s production and development slate. He joins the company after serving as VP of production for 51 Minds Entertainment where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations and production of the company’s slate including Below Deck, Steve Austen’s Broken Skull Ranchand Redneck Island. Prior to that, Taylor was VP of production at High Noon Entertainment, working on series for assorted networks including VH1, HGTV, History Channel, Food Network, TruTV, and WE tv. Lighthearted has also expanded its development team, elevating Mark Neal to VP of development. Neal joined the company in 2014 as development producer and has most recently been the director of current programming. Previously, he contributed to such programs as MTV’s Are You the One?, VH1′s Dating Naked and Twinning and Last Squad Standing for Oxygen. Furthermore, …

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  • 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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