Today, Friedman is closing out a 25-year run at Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind both game shows, as he opts to move on after the end of his contract. The well-respected television veteran holds a Guinness World Record for having produced 12,540 game show episodes, more than any other individual, and is the only producer to have won two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself. For the week of April 6, Jeopardy averaged 11.6 million viewers each weeknight, while Wheel averaged 11.3 million, outperforming nearly all the nightly news shows across networks and all primetime programs on both network and cable.
Harry Friedman, executive producer of both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, will retire when his contract expires on May 1, 2020, Sony Pictures Television, which produces both of the veteran syndicated games, said today.
Harry Friedman (right) is the executive producer of two of the most enduring and successful syndicated programs of all time: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. He is one of television’s most prolific producers, and his success is marked by his ability to maintain the traditions of both long-running shows while tweaking each just enough to keep them current and on the cutting edge. He will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on April 28 at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.