Stephen Lambert (pictured), chief executive of Studio Lambert and chairman of All3Media America, will be inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame on June 4 during the Realscreen Awards ceremony in Santa Monica.
“As the leader of the team behind the Channel 4 hit Gogglebox, and creator of such world-beating formats as Undercover Boss, Wife Swap and Secret Millionaire, Stephen Lambert’s innovative flair and penchant for big, bold ideas has provided the unscripted genre, and television itself, with some of its greatest moments,” said realscreen editor and content director Barry Walsh.
“We at realscreen named Stephen as one of our Trailblazers for 2013 in our publication, and this award is meant to further recognize and reward the creativity he’s displayed throughout the course of his career.”
The BAFTA, Rose d’Or and Emmy Award winner began his television career with the BBC, where he worked within its documentaries department for 16 years, where he produced and directed docs for such series as 40 Minutes and Inside Story. He became the founding editor of BBC2′s ‘Modern Times’ strand in 1994, and in that decade also produced some of BBC1′s first docusoaps, including The Clampers and Lakesiders.
In 1998, he joined RDF Media as its director of programs, and charged out of the gate with Channel 4′s Faking It, which went on to win BAFTA awards and the Rose d’Or. At RDF, he also developed and exec produced such global format powerhouses as Wife Swap and Secret Millionaire.
In 2008, Lambert formed Studio Lambert, part of the All3Media family of production companies, and again ushered a new stage with a bang, via Undercover Boss its first transatlantic smash. The U.S. premiere of the docureality series, scheduled by CBS to air just after the 2010 Super Bowl, brought in a record-breaking audience of 38.6 million viewers.
Gogglebox, the latest success story to emerge from Studio Lambert, recently claimed the honor for popular factual and features at the recent RTS awards, as well as best original and best factual program honors at the 2014 Broadcast Awards. The format currently airs in the U.S. as The People’s Couch on Bravo, and is also headed to China, among other territories worldwide.
Past producer inductees into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame have included Bertram van Munster, Thom Beers, Jon Murray and Mark Burnett.
Watch out for more announcements about the Realscreen Awards and its Hall of Fame honorees in the days and weeks ahead. The Realscreen Awards take place during the Realscreen West market and conference in Santa Monica, which takes place June 4-5. For more information about the event, click here.