With over 30 years of combined entertainment industry experience, Aaron Cooke and Jesse J. Leed have become leading producers and creative development executives of live variety television shows, live events, and live-streams.
Together, Aaron and Jesse formed Live L!VE Media in 2015 to take their passion and experience in Live Broadcast Television to the burgeoning live-streaming market.
“A dreamlike experience.”
Jesse J. Leed
Jesse has worked on extremely high-level television productions for the last 15 years such as the "Super Bowl Halftime Show," the Annual CBS "Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show," and "The Emmys."
After steady production management and producer jobs on shows such as “Miss USA” and "Miss Universe" Live from Vegas, Thailand, and Vietnam for NBC as well as "Last Comic Standing", Fox's "New Years Eve Live from Times Square" and "The Singing Bee" on NBC, Jesse made the migration from production into development at The Gurin Company where he created formats, spotted interesting talent, developed characters, packaged, pitched, and oversaw shows once in production. After being with The Gurin Company for three years, Jesse got a call from the "busiest man in Hollywood," Ryan Seacrest.
As Director of Development for Ryan Seacrest Productions, Jesse spent three years with his hands across RSP's robust development and production slate. Specifically, he developed, casted, and launched the Bravo hit series, “Shahs of Sunset” as well as other projects for A&E, CW, E!, NBC, VH1, CBS and Sky TV in the U.K.
After RSP, Jesse moved on to become the Vice President of Development for Tremendous! Entertainment where he developed and produced shows for the Travel Channel, Destination America, History, Discovery, TLC, and A&E.
Jesse joined Done + Dusted in July of 2015 to help develop and produce D+D's full slate of projects. He helped develop and produce MTV’s foray back into live music television with Wonderland. He was the Supervising Producer on Apple Music’s Arcade Fire live-stream and the Showrunner on MTV’s VMA Weekend.
Most recently, Jesse Executive Produced and Directed the first ever Electronic Music Awards which streamed live on Twitter.
“Everything we wanted and more.”
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Business Finance, Aaron decided to pursue a career in the high-risk world of freelance entertainment. He started his production career in Washington D.C., working on live events, features and commercials, he quickly became the go-to-guy for out of town producers and productions in D.C. Through working on shows such as “A Capitol Fourth”, “Kennedy Center Honors”, and the feature film “National Treasure”, it became clear to Aaron that to be a leading producer in his field, he would need to move to Hollywood.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Aaron has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prolific producers and directors in Hollywood on some of the highest profile annual events including, the Super Bowl Half Time Show, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, American Film Institute’s Annual Lifetime Achievement Award, The Grammys, and The Academy Awards.
Working with directors such as Louis J. Horvitz and Hamish Hamilton, and producers, Don Mischer and Bill Urban, Aaron has established a great reputation with vendors, venues, talent and crew alike. He has worked with the most recognizable networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, MTV, DISNEY, CNN, TVLand, TCM, HBO, SpikeTV, BET, USA, TNT and Comedy Central.