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[via press release from Sony Pictures Television]

Award-Winning Executive Producer Harry Friedman Inks New Deal to Continue on Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!

CULVER CITY, Calif., Jan. 21 -- Harry Friedman will continue to serve as executive producer of America's top two syndicated game shows, Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy!, under a new multi-year pact with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), it was announced today by Steve Mosko, president, SPT.

"Harry Friedman is an enthusiastic innovator, a wonderful collaborator and an extremely talented producer," said Mosko. "His passion for television and his contributions to 'Wheel' and 'Jeopardy!' are unparalleled, and we're so happy to be continuing our successful relationship."

Harry Friedman has been the executive producer of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! for Sony Pictures Television since 1999. He first joined Wheel of Fortune as a producer in 1995, adding producer duties for Jeopardy! in 1997. During his tenure at SPT, Friedman has guided Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! to their positions as the #1 and #2 syndicated game shows. In September 2007, Wheel of Fortune began its 25th anniversary season while Jeopardy! will celebrate its 25th season next fall.

Friedman began his television career working part-time as a question-writer on the hit series Hollywood Squares, ultimately writing and producing more than 3,000 episodes of the game show over the next ten years.

Recognized as a leader in the television industry, Friedman has won seven Emmy Awards and been nominated 28 times. In January 2007, he was honored by the National Association of Television Program Executives with the prestigious Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award and in October, Friedman was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! can be seen on more than 200 stations across the country and are produced by Sony Pictures Television. They are distributed domestically and internationally by CBS Television Distribution, a unit of CBS Corp.

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony BMG and for iN DEMAND's high-definition channel Mojo and the Tennis Channel, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

SOURCE Sony Pictures Television

  [january 2008]  


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