Howard T. Owens

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Howard Owens
Alma materSouthern Methodist University
OccupationFounder & Co-CEO, Propagate Content
SpouseMarnie Owens

Howard Thomas Owens is an American media executive who is founder and Co-CEO of Propagate Content.

Early life[edit]

Before launching his media career, Owens was an attorney in private practice in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he also served as a staff clerk for the Office of the State's Attorney. Owens is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (BA) and received his Juris Doctor from the Quinnipiac University School of Law.


William Morris Agency[edit]

Prior to Reveille, Owens was an agent in the corporate consulting and television packaging divisions at the William Morris Agency, representing television producers as well as top brands including Maxim Magazine, InStyle Magazine, eBay and Miramax Films.[1] Before working at William Morris, he co-founded and served as a managing partner for Outdoor Concepts, a privately held outdoor media company that was purchased by Titan Media/New York.


In 2002, Howard T. Owens served as Managing Director, Co-Head of Domestic Television and Head of Digital for Reveille LLC, which he co-founded with Ben Silverman.[2] Owens was responsible for creating and developing a wide range of innovative programming and content for television and across various online platforms.

While at Reveille, Owens was the co-creator and executive producer of Nashville Star, which aired for five seasons on USA Network and debuted on NBC in the summer of 2008. Owens also executive produced American Gladiators, the hit show from NBC that premiered in January 2008, and was a co-executive producer of NBC's The Biggest Loser, My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, MasterChef,[3] and One Born Every Minute,[4] as well as Eyes on Target on the History Channel.

Owens is also the co-creator and co-executive producer of NBC's The Restaurant, Bravo's Blow-Out, and MTV's Date My Mom and Parental Control. He executive produced the first two seasons of F/X's 30 Days,[5] as well as ESPN's Bound for Glory, an eight-episode docu-series that Reveille produced in partnership with Full Circle Entertainment and was fully financed by Dodge, State Farm and Reebok. Owens also crafted Reveille's landmark deal with Microsoft, whereby Reveille created and produced online content for MSN. Additionally, in digital, he produced over 20 web series including Who Knew?, Fit to Boom, Real-Life Makeover with Holly Robinson Peete, and Appetite for Life with Andrew Zimmerman, among others.

Owens departed Reveille in the June 2011.[6]

National Geographic Channels[edit]

On 4 November 2011, Owens was named President of National Geographic Channels where he oversaw the programming, development, communications, research and business affairs units at the U.S. networks.[7]

Propagate Content[edit]

In March 2015, Owens founded Propagate Content, an independent TV production company, backed by A&E Networks. Owens was the founding CEO of the company. He and chief creative officer David McKillop, former A&E channel general manager, also are owners of the company.[8] In May 2015, Propagate announced key hires and had a small slate of projects in development, Apple's first original unscripted television series, produced in partnership with musician and tech entrepreneur and scripted series, Isn't That Rich? with ABC Studios, and Red Team for Amazon.[9]

By April 2016, McKillop had exited the company, at which time Ben Silverman joined the company as co-chairman and co-CEO bring with him handful of projects from Electus. A&E Networks had also gave another round of funding to the company.[10]

In early June 2016, the Oxygen Channel green lit Propagate's Unprotected, a docu-comedy.[11] In January 2017, Propagate started up its international distribution division head by president Cyrus Farrokh.[12] The company signed in February 2017 to develop, pitch and produce in the U.S. market Caracol formats.[13]

By January 2018, Propagate Content agreed to create content based on stars', Gwyneth Paltrow, and Grammy Award-winner Zac Brown, lifestyle brands. Also, its slate included 17 in production series and 40 development projects at over 21 channels and streaming services.[14]

Propagate Content in January 2018 received additional investment from The Raine Group, global merchant bank, to speed up growth and for targeted acquisitions and new ventures.[14] In April 2018, Propagate invested in Incognita, former Europacorp Deputy CEO Edouard de Vesinne's production company, to be their European production arm. The company was also in process of setting a podcast studio to develop properties due to their success in adapting Lore podcast to TV and Sword and Scale podcast series.[15] Propagate purchased Electus including its majority share in Artists First, from IAC in October 2018 using Raine's funds.[16]


As part of the "30 Days" production team, Owens received two 2007 Insight Awards of Excellence from the National Association of Film and Digital Media Artists for his work on the "Atheist/Christian" episode and for outsourcing other episodes.[17] In addition, Owens received a GLAAD Award for the episode "Straight/Gay" and has been honored by the Muslim Public Affairs Council with its 2005 Voice of Courage and Conscience Media Award for the episode "Muslims and America".[18] He was also nominated for a PGA award for his work on "30 Days."[citation needed]


Year Production Role
2003–2004 The Restaurant Co-executive producer
2003–2008 Nashville Star Executive producer
2004–2006 Date My Mom Executive producer
2005 Bound for Glory Executive producer
2005–2008 30 Days Executive producer
2006–2010 Parental Control Executive producer
2005–2009 The Biggest Loser Co-executive producer
2007–2010 Shear Genius Executive producer
2008 American Gladiators Executive producer
2008–2009 Kath & Kim Executive producer
2010 Shear Genius Executive producer
2011 MasterChef Executive producer
2011 One Born Every Minute Executive producer
2008–2013 Tabatha's Salon Takeover Executive producer
2016 Jackie Executive producer
2017 Planet of the Apps Executive producer
2017–2018 Lore Executive producer
2018 November 13: Attack on Paris Producer
2018–present Charmed Executive producer
2018–present In Search of... Executive producer
2018–present Haunted Executive producer
2019–present Blood & Treasure Executive producer
2019–present Hot Date Executive producer
2019–present Prank Encounters Executive producer
2019–present Kings of Pain Executive producer


  1. ^ "Factual Entertainment Forum". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Howard T. Owens - the Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Fox Flash - Fox Primetime". Archived from the original on 6 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Archive » Lifetime and Reveille to deliver second season of "One Born Every Minute"". Realscreen. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Howard Owens". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Howard T. Owens Announces He's Leaving Reveille". 29 April 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Howard T. Owens Tapped as President of National Geographic Channels". Hollywood Reporter. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (30 March 2015). "Howard T. Owens Teams With David McKillop To Launch Indie Production Company Backed By A+E Networks". Deadline. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (12 May 2016). "Propagate Names Ivan Garel-Jones COO, Makes Two Other Key Senior Exec Hires". Deadline. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  10. ^ Cynthia Littleton (7 April 2016). "Ben Silverman Reunites with Howard Owens at Propagate Content – Variety". Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  11. ^ Hipes, Patrick (8 June 2016). "Oxygen Greenlights Four New Original Series". Deadline. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (17 January 2017). "Propagate Starts International Distribution Unit Led By Cyrus Farrokh". Deadline. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (2 February 2017). "Propagate & Caracol Launch First-Look Partnership Focused on U.S." Deadline. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  14. ^ a b Tartaglione, Nancy (16 January 2018). "Ben Silverman & Howard T Owens' Propagate Gets Backing From Raine Group". Deadline. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  15. ^ White, Peter (23 April 2018). "Ben Silverman's Propagate Invests in Edouard De Vesinne's Incognita". Deadline. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (30 October 2018). "Ben Silverman & Howard Owens' Propagate Acquires Electus, Majority Stake in Artists First From IAC". Deadline. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Judging Insight Awards". Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  18. ^ 17th GLAAD Media Awards

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