Mike Richards is set to take over as executive producer of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” when Harry Friedman exits next year.
Friedman announced his plans to retire from the game show world at the beginning of this month after 25 years with Sony Pictures Television.
Richards, who served as executive producer of “The Price is Right” for over ten years and also worked on “Let’s Make a Deal,” announced plans to leave both shows in June after signing an overall deal with SPT.
“Wheel of Fortune” is currently in production on its 37th season, while and “Jeopardy!” is taping its 36th. Both will premiere on Sept. 9.
“‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Jeopardy!’ are the gold standard of television — exceptional, timeless formats produced by amazing teams. Alex Trebek, Vanna White and Pat Sajak are incredible hosts and I can’t wait to work side by side with them on these world-class franchises. Harry Friedman’s 25-year run can only be described as legendary. I have long been inspired by his hard work and brilliant decision making, and I’m honored to get to work with Harry over the next few months. Thank you to Mike Hopkins and the entire Sony team for this dream opportunity,” said Richards.
“We are fortunate to have Mike, one of the top game show producers in the business, join the talented teams at Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!,” said Mike Hopkins, Chairman of Sony Pictures Television. “Mike’s experience working with long-running franchises like ‘Price Is Right’ and ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ make him the ideal successor for our iconic shows. We also look forward to Mike growing our already strong game show business and to developing and producing shows for network, cable, and streaming platforms. We are grateful for the leadership and impeccable direction Harry has so elegantly provided over many years and look forward to the continued success of these beloved shows.”
“Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” are produced by Sony Pictures Television and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.