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Extra: Sam Harowitz joins Is Or Isn’t; “Millionaire” returns to ITV

Sam Harowitz moves to Is Or Isn’t Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment has appointed former FremantleMedia executive Sam Harowitz as SVP development and production. In the new role, Harowitz will work closely alongside ...
March 9, 2018

Sam Harowitz moves to Is Or Isn’t

Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment has appointed former FremantleMedia executive Sam Harowitz as SVP development and production.

In the new role, Harowitz will work closely alongside Bucatinsky and Kudrow, as well as VP Kyle McNally and director of development Augustus Ceccucci, to oversee the company’s scripted and unscripted fare.

Most recently, Harowitz served as VP of acquisitions and co-productions for North America at FremantleMedia over a five-and-a-half year period. There, he was responsible for leading the North American global content team in acquiring, developing and packaging programming and copros, while also forging strategic alliances with international and domestic producers and broadcasters.

Harowitz’s past credits include theatrical doc Wasted: The Story of Food Waste, CNN’s Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History and The Decades, Fusion’s The Traffickers, PBS’s Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, MTV’s Eye Candy, Lifetime’s Project Runway and Showtime scripted series Web Therapy.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire returns to ITV 

British commercial broadcaster ITV is marking the 20th anniversary of iconic global game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire with a week of celebratory episodes.

The Sony Pictures Television format will return to ITV’s airwaves as a stripped event (7 x 60) later this spring with Jeremy Clarkson (pictured) of Grand Tour fame as its new host.

Produced by Stellify Media, Millionaire offers contestants the chance to win £1,000,000 by answering 15 questions correctly. Familiar lifelines will be made available to those stumped contestants, including asking the audience, asking a friend and taking the 50:50 option. There will also be a number of new twists and turns, the network said.

ITV’s Fiona Clark and Stellify’s joint MD’s Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy will serve as executive producers. Julia Knowles is director.

Siobhan Greene, ITV’s head of entertainment, and Ben Kelly commissioning editor, ordered the series for the network.

The application process to apply to be a contestant on the show is now open.

The multi-award-winning franchise has been adapted in more than 120 territories worldwide.

Gold to reveal how The Young Ones changed comedy

UKTV comedy channel Gold will explore the impact of influential British sitcom The Young Ones with two retrospectives.

How The Young Ones Changed Comedy (1 x 120) will combine archive footage and interviews with those involved in the 1980s BBC2 comedy and future comedians that followed in the show’s wake, including Nigel Planer, Alexei Sayle, John Lloyd, Paul Jackson, Lise Mayer, David Baddiel, Charlie Higson, Clive Anderson and Richard Herring.

Meanwhile, the hour-long The Young Ones’ 20 Greatest Moments will count down the program’s best scenes, as selected by comedians and industry experts.

Both projects will be produced by London-based production shop North One Television, with John Quinn as executive producer and Sean Doherty as director.

They were commissioned by Gold’s Joe McVey, commissioning executive, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning and Steve North, genre GM of comedy and 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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