Emmy-nominated executive producer Amber Mazzola has long been on the cutting edge of the reality television genre. Literally. The name ‘Machete’ was originally Amber’s nickname in post for being so creative in piecing together the content of her shows. After years of mastering the art of storytelling on hits like The Millionaire Matchmaker and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, Amber launched Machete Productions in 2011.
Machete Productions immediately produced back-to-back projects for E! Entertainment and Style Network including: Pretty Wild, The Dance Scene, Dirty Soap, and Fantasy Family Makeover. Amber and Machete then went on to develop and produce CNBC’s breakout original series The Profit, featuring Marcus Lemonis, the small business turnaround king. Currently in production on season 4, The Profit has the highest ratings the network has seen in four years and has revolutionized the business genre in reality television. Further expanding on the brand, CNBC just announced a new series with Machete and Marcus called The Partner, coming August 2016.
Capitalizing on a history of success with docusoaps, Machete is also the production company behind the new hit E! show WAGS, a Los Angeles-based ensemble series featuring the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. WAGS season 2 premieres June 2016 and will be followed in September 2016 by the series debut of WAGS: Miami, a highly anticipated spin-off based in Miami Beach, Florida.
In addition to being a powerhouse production company, Machete Productions also has a strong development team with a number of cable projects in the works with E!, Travel Channel, and — most notably — a pilot at CNBC co-produced by Michael Strahan focused on helping broke former professional athletes build careers after sports.