Michael Davies Named Executive Producer of ‘Jeopardy!’ – What We Know!

Who’s Michael Davies?

That might be the reply to the query of who Sony has named the brand new govt producer of “Jeopardy!,” as Davies introduced on Thursday. The announcement comes after former EP and host Mike Richards was ousted from each of his positions in August, and Davies changed him within the interim.

“At the moment, I’m delighted to announce that I’ve accepted Sony’s provide to develop into the present’s full time govt producer,” Davies wrote on the “Jeopardy!” weblog Thursday. “I’m each honored and humbled by the religion the studio and the employees have put in me. Over the following few months, the scope of our plans will develop into clear. However, for now I simply need to thank everybody within the ‘Jeopardy!’ group to your phenomenal assist.”

Richards stepped down from his place as host, which he solely occupied for 9 days, after derogatory feedback he made up to now on his podcast resurfaced final yr, along with discrimination lawsuits from former workers on “The Worth is Proper,” which he produced. He was then fired from his EP positions on “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” which he had occupied since 2020, as a result of low morale on the units of each his exhibits.

“We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host place at ‘Jeopardy!’ it will have minimized the disruption and inner difficulties we have now all skilled these previous couple of weeks,” Suzanne Prete, govt vp, enterprise and technique, “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” stated in a notice to employees on the time. “That clearly has not occurred.”

On the time, Selection reported that Davies was not being thought of to occupy the EP place completely, as he was based mostly in New York with a number of ongoing endeavors, together with producing a lot of unscripted exhibits, together with “Watch What Occurs Reside.” His manufacturing firm, Embassy Row, on the time was ramping up its manufacturing of podcasts.

This time round, although, Davies will solely EP on “Jeopardy!,” as Bellamie Blackstone was named EP of “Wheel of Fortune” final month. In his announcement, Davies thanked a lot of executives, together with Sony Footage CEO Tom Rothman, for his or her assist, which he stated allowed him to take the job as a result of he has “the sources and folks to proceed to run and construct Embassy Row in New York and L.A., and all of its productions.”

In August, Prete additionally introduced that she could be taking a extra lively function within the present on a day-to-day foundation. Davies stated in his announcement that he wouldn’t have been capable of tackle the EP function with out her assist.

“Actually, with out the power of our working relationship and the belief we each have in one another, I might by no means have been ready to achieve the interim function, and I by no means would have taken, not to mention been provided, the everlasting function,” Davies stated by way of press launch.

In the course of the present’s present thirty eighth season, “Jeopardy!” has been co-hosted by Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings, who will see the season by its finale in July. After that, Sony is predicted to faucet a everlasting host for the sport present, an endeavor that has been ongoing because the dying of the present’s iconic host and EP, Alex Trebek, in November 2020.

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