Unscripted

Lifetime reveals identity of “America’s Supernanny”

The search is over for Lifetime's America's Supernanny, with childcare specialist Deborah Tillman named as the host of the upcoming eight-part series, premiering on November 29.
October 6, 2011

The search is over for Lifetime’s America’s Supernanny, with childcare specialist Deborah Tillman named as the host of the upcoming eight-part series, premiering on November 29.

Tillman rose to the top of the crop in the nation-wide search, thanks to 19 years of experience in early childhood education and owning three children learning centers. The Virginia-based wife, mother and author was selected from a pool of over 400 candidates.

For the Shed Media US-produced show, Tillman will visit troubled homes and tackle their problems such as intense tantrums and misguided parenting.

“As soon as we saw Deborah, we knew we had found America’s Supernanny,” said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president, programming, of Lifetime Networks.  “She’s a fresh and original voice, and brings a completely new style and attitude to the franchise.  She was by far the best candidate for this important job.  We can’t wait to introduce her to America.”

“I feel blessed and privileged that I have been chosen to do exactly what I was put on earth to do, and that is to help children and families come together, get it together and stay together,” added Tillman.

America’s Supernanny will be produced by Shed Media US with Nick Emmerson and Stephanie Schwam, and Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy, Abigail Harvey and Jim Rapsas of Lifetime executive producing.

Supernanny has been formatted throughout the world, in territories including Belgium, Brazil, China, France and Greece, among others. The original version ran on Channel 4 in the UK and ABC in the U.S., and was created by the Shed Media Group’s Ricochet Entertainment.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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