NEW YORK — The Dr. Oz Show, hosted by the popular and trusted health expert Dr. Mehmet Oz, today revealed some members of “Core Team Oz,” its group of key guest contributors for its premiere season. Tim Gunn, fashion and style expert from Project Runway, fitness specialist and The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper and former NFL player Eddie George and his wife Taj of Survivor, will appear in multiple segments throughout the first season of The Dr. Oz Show. Each contributor will provide inspiration, encouragement and advice in each of their areas of expertise. The Dr. Oz Show is an hour-long, daily syndicated series that premieres on September 14. It is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT.
“Each one of these contributors brings a unique perspective on achieving optimal health,” said Dr. Oz. “They have proven track records in inspiring others not only to realize their potential and self worth, but also to improve their lives. Body image, sports discipline and fitness are all incorporated into the show to help viewers fulfill their personal best.”
Gunn is the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., mentor and co-host of the popular fashion reality series Project Runway and Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. Gunn will bring his fashion expertise and words of encouragement as he works with real people to help them feel their most beautiful and stylish, inside and out.
As a trainer for the inspirational weight loss reality series The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper is one of the leading fitness experts in the country. With his trademark brand of fitness and nutritional integration that leads to lasting lifestyle transformations, Harper will help motivate and enrich viewer’s lives, nutritionally, emotionally and physically.
Le Goy stated, “Health and wellness is something that touches and affects everyone around the world. Through his appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz has demonstrated he is a valued and trusted medical expert. He has developed strong connections with viewers in the U.S. and we are thrilled to be offering this series to the international marketplace and viewers around the world.”
“Just as The Oprah Winfrey Show is a global phenomenon in 141 countries around the world, we expect The Dr. Oz Show to transcend cultural differences and unite viewers across the globe. Audiences from all backgrounds will find information they need and universally appealing, emotional stories that touch the heart,” said Tim Bennett, president, Harpo Productions.
The Dr. Oz Show is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed in the U.S. by SPT, and will debut in first-run syndication in the United States later this year. Canadian sales will be represented by William F. Cooke Television Programs. About Harpo Productions
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.
About Sony Pictures Television
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.