January 3, 2006

Reality TV producer, Sony sign 3-year deal

By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Reality TV producer
Michael Davies, the man behind ABC's "Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire" and "Wife Swap," has signed a three-year deal with
Sony Pictures Television, home of top-rated syndicated quiz
shows "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"

Sources said the partners already are working on several
original projects for cable channel GSN (formerly Game Show
Network), which Sony owns with Liberty Media, and a pickup deal
is imminent. GSN runs repeats of "Millionaire" and Comedy
Central's "Win Ben Stein's Money," which Davies developed as an
executive at Disney's TV production arm Buena Vista Prods.

Uner the Sony deal, Davies said he was looking to expand
his core reality business into comedy, documentary and sports.

In addition to "Millionaire" and "Wife Swap," Davies'
producing credits include the Sundance Channel's documentary
series "Iconoclasts" and the soccer documentary "Once in a

Among projects being developed by Davies' Embassy Row
production company are a CBS special starring magician Keith
Barry, and a game show for Comedy Central with "Jeopardy!"
champion Ken Jennings.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter