ACTOR STEVE VALENTINE TO LORD OVER 'ESTATE OF PANIC,' SCI FI'S NEW REALITY COMPETITION SERIES FROM ENDEMOL USA
New York, NY � September 26, 2008 � As production commences this week on the new SCI FI Channel reality competition series Estate of Panic from Endemol USA, it was announced today that actor Steve Valentine (Crossing Jordan) has been tapped to host television's most physically and psychologically challenging competition show yet. Estate of Panic consists of six 1-hour episodes and will premiere Wednesday, November 12 at 10PM ET/PT.
Steve Valentine is best known for playing Dr. Nigel Townsend for six years on NBC's Crossing Jordan. He has also appeared as a guest star on numerous primetime shows including Just Shoot Me, Chuck, Will & Grace, Dharma and Greg, Boston Legal, JAG and Charmed. Always a performer, Steve has DJ'd in Europe, traveled the world performing stand-up and headlined in Las Vegas.
Estate of Panic is the newest reality thrill ride from the production company behind Fear Factor. In each episode, large quantities of cash are hidden in a massive estate and seven strangers are invited to find the money. But all is not what it seems, and the contestants will be challenged throughout the mansion to overcome the terrors that await them. After each of the three challenges, two people are eliminated and their winnings are added into the prize pot. The last person standing then faces a final challenge in the Vault Room, where their final winnings will be determined. Estate Of Panic is executive produced by Endemol USA. David Goldberg is the President of Endemol USA. The Executive producer is Richard Hall.
About Endemol USA
Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television. The company produces the break-out hits "Deal or No Deal," "Wipeout," "1 VS 100," "Fear Factor," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Big Brother." Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a prominent international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 25 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Endemol is owned by a consortium consisting of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Mediaset Group and Cyrte Group.
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