CULVER CITY, CALIF. and CHICAGO — Mindy Moore Borman has been named executive producer of the new syndicated series The Dr. Oz Show from Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television, starring Dr. Mehmet Oz, which will premiere next fall. It was also announced today that the show will be produced in New York, in high definition (HD).
"Mindy has terrific ideas, boundless creativity and a true passion for health and wellness. She has an innate sense of how to help make "Dr. Oz" a magnetic daily show that will entertain people and enhance their lives," said Tim Bennett, president of Harpo Productions.
"Dr. Mehmet Oz is someone I believe in wholeheartedly," said Borman. "He delivers hopeful and impactful information and has a deep connection with the audience, as seen through his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and his many best-selling books. I am thrilled to be spearheading the launch of his show with Harpo and Sony."
Borman is a veteran producer of numerous daytime and primetime television series including high profile shows such as The View, Good Morning America and Big Brother (Season 5). A seasoned and highly-respected producer, Borman has developed and launched a wide variety of shows for network, cable and syndicated television. Borman has also served as Vice President, Alternative Development for Fox Television Studios.
She earned two Emmy nominations during her highly successful tenure on the top-rated series, The View.
Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, MD, better known to millions as Dr. Oz, the renowned and popular surgeon, educator, and best-selling author who appears regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show, will debut his first-run syndicated series next year, an entertaining and informative multi-topic, hour-long health and wellness talk show co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT. The series, The Dr. Oz Show, has been cleared in over 80 percent of the country to date. Packed with the latest health headlines, medical breakthroughs and inspiring stories, The Dr. Oz Show will feature important information that impacts your life in areas including weight loss, nutrition, staying young, looking your best, relationship issues, fitness, money, parenting, intimacy and handling conflict and stress.
"We're thrilled with how the marketplace has received 'Dr. Oz,'" said John Weiser, president, distribution, SPT. "He has an established brand and a connection with viewers and advertisers and with the show cleared in 80 percent of the country it is evident he is everything stations are looking for."
Dr. Oz has earned a reputation as "America's Doctor" through regular appearances over the past three years as the health expert for The Oprah Winfrey Show and is the nation's preeminent and trusted expert on health and wellness. He is professor and vice-chairman of surgery at Columbia University as well as medical director of the Integrated Medicine Center and director of the Heart Institute at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center. As the co-author of the best-selling YOU series, Dr. Oz is also a publishing phenomenon. In addition to numerous appearances on network morning and evening news programs, Dr. Oz is the host of the "The Dr. Oz Show" on Oprah & Friends Radio on XM Satellite Radio Channel 165 and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 195, giving viewers crucial information on health issues and sparking in-depth conversations about the essentials to living longer, more vibrant lives. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME magazine and one of Esquire Magazine's 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century.
Harpo Productions, Inc. produces the number-one-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show; creates and develops original TV programming for primetime, syndication and cable television; and operates Oprah.com (www.oprah.com), a premier lifestyle website. Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine. Harpo Films, Inc. produces feature films as well as top-rated telefilms under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents" banner. Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah & Friends(XM channel 156, Sirius channel 195) on Sirius XM Radio. Harpo, Inc. has partnered with Discovery Communications to launch a new cable network "The Oprah Winfrey Network" (OWN) in late 2009 or early 2010.
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment for network and cable television, as well as first-run and off-network series for syndication. With more than 25 programs on the air, SPT boasts a program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT also owns one-half of cable channel GSN and is a partner in FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service. Sony Pictures Television oversees all of Sony Pictures Entertainment's (SPE) domestic digital distribution efforts across all electronically delivered platforms, including the internet and mobile and manages the studio's video website, Crackle. Sony Pictures Television, advertiser sales, is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, for Sony BMG and for iN DEMAND's high-definition channel Mojo and the Tennis Channel, and is part owner of national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.