Factual Entertainment Forum profile: JD Roth, 3Ball Productions

As the CEO and co-founder of 3Ball Productions, JD Roth and partner Todd Nelson have worked together to create NBC's smash The Biggest Loser, as well as VH1's Scott Baio is 45 and Single and WB's Beauty and the Geek. At realscreen's Factual Entertainment Forum in May, Roth will be on hand to discuss building a TV blockbuster.
April 22, 2009

As the CEO and co-founder of 3Ball Productions, JD Roth’s role is often one of partnership with his long-time friend and 3Ball’s other co-founder Todd Nelson. Roth and Nelson have worked together to create such recent hit shows as NBC’s The Biggest Loser, VH1′s Scott Baio is 45 and Single, Fox’s Unan1mous and WB’s Beauty and the Geek.

Roth has garnered several Emmy nominations for his work as a television host and an executive producer, and in both roles, he has been touted as the youngest person ever to be in them. Roth got his start as a child actor, and in 1988, at the age of 20, Roth was the youngest game show host in American television with Fox’s Fun House, a game show for kids. After three years of hosting Fun House, he went on to host the video game show GamePro TV, and soon afterward worked for NBC as that network’s youngest producer at the age of 24 with his first effort, Double Up, as well as starting his first production company, Slam Dunk Productions.

In March of 2001, Roth and Nelson founded 3Ball and specialized in reality game shows and related factual programming. In 2006, the Amsterdam-based Eyeworks Group acquired a 50% stake of the company.

Roth will be speaking about the process and components behind creating a reality blockbuster at realscreen‘s upcoming Factual Entertainment Forum, to be held May 20 at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica, CA. The segment is titled Building a Blockbuster, and is scheduled for 9:15 am. For more information about the Factual Entertainment Forum, see

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.