Endemol Shine North America Signs Overall Deal With Steve Harvey
September 28, 2015 - Endemol Shine North America has signed an overall production deal with Steve Harvey, host of the company’s hit nationally syndicated daytime series “Steve Harvey,” it was announced today by Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs of Endemol Shine North America.
The deal calls for Endemol Shine and Harvey’s East 112th Street Productions to develop original unscripted, scripted and digital programming together. East 112th Street Productions is now based at Endemol Shine North America’s Los Angeles office. Gerald Washington serves as President, East 112th Street Productions and Donna-Marie Reid is Director of Development.
“We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with Steve Harvey, arguably the hottest personality in TV right now,” says Endemol Shine North America’s Abrego and Corwin. “We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with him on our hit, Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show for several years now and we’re excited to explore new programming opportunities with Steve and his team at East 112th Street across a wide variety of platforms and genres.”
“I’m truly excited to bring East 112th Street Productions to Endemol Shine, where I’ve enjoyed a great partnership with my talk show over the last four years,” says Harvey. “Cris, Charlie and the team at Endemol Shine offer us the opportunity to expand our vision for East 112th Street globally and we’re already exploring a number of potential projects together that I can’t wait to see get off the ground.”
“Our team has enjoyed a tremendously successful year across TV, radio, print and other platforms and Steve’s brand has never been stronger,” says East 112th Street’s Washington, who also serves as President of The Steve Harvey World Group. “We believe our partnership with Endemol Shine is going to take us to the next level.”
Comedian, businessman, radio mogul, TV personality and best-selling author Steve Harvey hosts and serves as an executive producer on Endemol Shine and NBCUniversal’s Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show “Steve Harvey,” which just started its fourth season earlier this month. “Steve Harvey” was one of only a handful of shows in national syndication to enjoy a rise in ratings last season, growing 3% in total viewers over its second season.
Harvey has led the hit talk show to back-to-back Daytime Emmys for “Outstanding Talk Show/Informative” (2014 & 2015) and NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Talk Series” (2014 & 2015). As host, Harvey was also awarded the People’s Choice Award in 2013 for “Favorite New Talk Show Host” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Host” in 2015.
In addition to hosting his eponymous daytime show, Harvey is also at the helm of the long-running syndicated game show, "Family Feud" and its ABC primetime counterpart, “Celebrity Family Feud,” where both Harvey and Washington serve as executive producers. Harvey is also the host of the #1 rated nationally syndicated morning radio show, "Steve Harvey Morning Show," which attracts approximately 7 million listeners each week. And Harvey is set to collaborate with executive producer Ellen DeGeneres as host and executive producer of “Little Big Shots,” airing on NBC primetime in 2016.
His first book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” was released in 2009 and became an international bestseller, selling more than 3 million copies around the world and spending 64 weeks on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller list. In December 2010, Harvey’s follow up, “Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man,” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The hit film based on Harvey’s book, “Think Like A Man,” starring Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Hart, debuted in 2012 as the #1 movie in America and grossed $33.6 million its opening week.
Harvey’s latest book, “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” (2014) debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, staying on for 10 weeks and has already sold a half a million copies worldwide.
Harvey was born in Welch, West Virginia, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio the youngest of five children, to a mom who was a homemaker and a dad who was a day laborer. As a young boy, Harvey always dreamed of being a performer. He would use a toothbrush as a microphone and practice being a comedian, while his dad shaved in front of the mirror. Harvey had a variety of jobs before he started his career in entertainment, such as a paper boy, grocery store clerk, employee at Ford Motor Company, owned a carpet cleaning business, sold insurance and numerous other jobs before embarking on his career in stand-up. A dedicated husband and father, Steve and his wife Marjorie are parents to seven children. In 2014, they became grandparents to their first granddaughter Rose and welcomed a second granddaughter to the family in 2015.
Long dedicated to philanthropy, Harvey and his wife Marjorie believe that “dreaming is more important than anything.” Together, they advocate for the education, health and welfare of men, women and children worldwide. Through ‘The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation,’ they create and support programs, events, scholarships and organizations including: the ‘Disney Dreamers Academy,’ ‘The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala,’ the ‘Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men’ and the ‘Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend,’ where they have served over 1000 young men and women thus far. In addition to fostering the education and well-being of youth, Harvey has created uplifting community endeavors including ‘The Neighborhood Awards,’ a yearly Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, donating technology and supplies to schools and more.
“Steve Harvey” is produced by Endemol Shine North America, distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and is taped in front of a live studio audience at NBC 5 (WMAQ) in Chicago. Alex Duda, Steve Harvey, Gerald Washington and Rushion McDonald are executive producers. Jason Kurtz is co-executive producer. The show is cleared in 99% of the country and has been sold through 2016 to NBC Owned TV Stations, Hearst, Cox, Fox and Sinclair, among others. “Steve Harvey” airs weekdays.
ABOUT ENDEMOL SHINE NORTH AMERICA
Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. Endemol Shine North America is part of Endemol Shine Group, the newly launched global content creator, producer and distributor with a diverse portfolio of companies in the U.S. that are behind some of the most prominent hit television formats and series in the world. Its Endemol Shine Studios division develops and produces original scripted television programming in the U.S. for global exploitation and Endemol Shine Latino oversees all Spanish-language sales and development in both the U.S. and Mexico. Subsidiary production companies include Authentic Entertainment, Original Media, True Entertainment and 51 Minds Entertainment. In addition, Endemol Shine North America has a strategic partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions.
Endemol Shine Group’s companies in North America are behind hit series including Below Deck (Bravo), Bullseye (FOX), Big Brother (CBS), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Fake Off (TruTV) Hell on Wheels (AMC), Ink Master (Spike), It Takes a Church (GSN), Kingdom (DirecTV), Knife Fight (Esquire), MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), Restaurant Startup (CNBC), Swamp People (History), The Island (NBC), The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo), Steve Harvey (NBCU), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (VH1), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT), Wipeout (ABC) and many more.
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