TV Talk: Billy Gardell talks about a ‘Secret Celebrity Renovation’ for Penn Hills friend’s mom

JULY 28, 2022 | TRIB LIVE

On the second-season premiere of CBS’s “Secret Celebrity Renovation” (8 p.m. Friday), Swissvale native Billy Gardell (“Bob (Hearts) Abishola”) assists in a makeover to the Penn Hills home of the mother of his friend/co-worker Joe O’Connell.

“After thinking about it, my best friend’s mom was just the perfect candidate,” Gardell said by phone this month from Los Angeles while waiting for his 19-year-old son at the DMV. “It was just a really lovely opportunity to do something super-special and say, ‘Thank you.’ The O’Connells are family to me and to do something for your best friend’s mom, it’s just a gift to be offered something like that.”

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Paula Abdul Does Double Duty Friday Night on CBS


CBS' Friday primetime schedule this week provides viewers with a little comfort this week, offering up a double dose of the always delightful Paula Abdul. She fills two hours of their schedule, appearing on both Secret Celebrity Renovation and the season two premiere of The Greatest #AtHome Videos, the latter hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

"I am thrilled as I had the best experience working with CBS and the whole production team," Abdul beamed during an exclusive interview about her double bill with MediaVillage. "They were precious and priceless, and it was just nothing but back-to-back feel-good!"

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WATCH: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Surprises His Longtime Friend with a Farmhouse Makeover

AUGUST 12, 2021 | PEOPLE

The 45-year-old actor is the latest celebrity to get down and dirty on the CBS home makeover show Secret Celebrity Renovation. Ferguson teamed up with contractors and designers to completely reimagine the dilapidated family farmhouse of his longtime friend, Kevin Cahoon.

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What’s on TV Friday: Anthony Ramos in ‘Secret Celebrity Renovation’ on CBS


Secret Celebrity Renovation Singer, songwriter and actor Anthony Ramos (“In the Heights”) helps make over the Brooklyn home of Sara Steinweiss, the drama teacher who first recognized his potential and helped change the trajectory of his life, in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS

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Friday Ratings: ABC and Fox Lead to Diluted Troops; Modest ‘Secret Celebrity Showdown’ on ABC


In two news, “Secret Celebrity Renovation” on CBS won the 8 p.m. ET hour in total viewers, with 2.67 million. But it tied an encore of ABC’s “Shark Tank” for second in adults 18-49 (0.3 rating/3 share) behind “WWE Friday Night Smackdown!” on Fox (see network averages above).

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In the Heights' Anthony Ramos Surprises Childhood Drama Teacher with a Home Makeover


Hamilton and In The Heights star Anthony Ramos is the latest star to give back to a loved one on CBS's new home makeover show, Secret Celebrity Renovation.

The 29-year-old actor worked with the show's designers to help fix up the Brooklyn home of his childhood drama teacher, Sara Steinweiss — a gesture of thanks for being the first to recognize his potential and ultimately help put him on a path to stardom.

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Stars Surprise Loved Ones with a Home Makeover on Secret Celebrity Renovation Sneak Peak

JULY 8, 2021 | PEOPLE

CBS's new home renovation series will give stars an opportunity to get their hands dirty and reciprocate the support they received from a loved one on their path to stardom.

Secret Celebrity Renovation, hosted by Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner, follows celebrities from all walks of life as they show their gratitude to someone who helped them achieve their goals by giving them the home renovation of their dreams.

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HGTV readies Juma Entertainment’s “Supersize My Pool” with Mario Lopez

June 14, 2019 | Realscreen

Discovery-owned home renovation network HGTV has set an early July premiere date for Juma Entertainment’s pool transformation series Supersize My Pool.

The series will follow actor and entertainment journalist Mario Lopez as he provides families in need of a backyard upgrade with a refreshing update as their lackluster pools get refurbished into resort-style paradise.

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‘Lip Sync To The Rescue’ Special Hosted By Cedric The Entertainer Set On CBS

April 2, 2019 | Deadline Hollywood

EXCLUSIVE: CBS has set Lip Sync to the Rescue, a one-hour special inspired by the viral video phenomenon #LipSyncChallenge, hosted by The Neighborhood star Cedric the Entertainer, to be broadcast later this year.

#LipSyncChallenge began as a fun way for police, sheriff, fire department and EMT pros to engage with their communities by creating lip-sync music videos and challenging other departments to do the same.

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Cedric The Entertainer to Host LIP SYNC TO THE RESCUE on CBS

April 2, 2019 | Broadway World

Broadway World

Inspired by the recent viral video phenomenon #LipSyncChallenge, CBS announced today a new one-hour entertainment special, LIP SYNC TO THE RESCUE, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, star of CBS' hit comedy THE NEIGHBORHOOD, to be broadcast later this year on the CBS Television Network.

LIP SYNC TO THE RESCUE is an interactive countdown special where viewers vote for their favorite video of performances featuring first responders channeling their inner Pop stars and lip-syncing to hit music, a trend that began with the #LipSyncChallenge. The winner will be announced LIVE during the broadcast.

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LaMarcus Aldridge to Appear on Home Renovation Show This Weekend

April 2, 2019 | San Antonio Current

San Antonio Express News

Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge will make an appearance on an episode of Superstar Renovation.

JUMA Entertainment first announced in October 2018 that Aldridge would be on the CBS show, which features celebrities going back to their hometowns to give a home makeover to someone who's played a special role in their life. The episode is scheduled to air this Sunday at 4 p.m. on CBS.

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'Superstar Renovation' episode featuring LaMarcus Aldridge to air Sunday

April 1, 2019 | San Antonio Express News

San Antonio Express News

SAN ANTONIO – Spurs All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be featured on the second edition of "Superstar Renovation" at 4 p.m. Sunday on the CBS Television Network, JUMA Entertainment announced Monday.

"Superstar Renovation" features celebrities as they journey to their hometowns to give the gift of a home makeover to people who have played a special role in their lives.

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CBS Special ‘Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2019’ Starts Live Vote

January 11, 2019 | Deadline


The hour-long show will be broadcast Tuesday, Jan. 29 starting at 8 pm ET on CBS. The special will originate from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, site of Super Bowl LIII, and will be hosted by Boomer Esiason, analyst for CBS Sports’ NFL pregame show The NFL Today, and Daniela Ruah, star of CBS’ NCIS Los Angeles.

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Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins remodels his childhood backyard on CBS’ ‘Superstar Renovation’

October 4, 2018 |

Philly Inquirer

We're used to seeing Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins put in work on the field, but for an upcoming CBS home remodeling series, the two-time Super Bowl champ toiled on some even more familiar turf — his parents' New Jersey backyard.


Juma Entertainment to Produce SUPERSTAR RENOVATION for CBS

October 4, 2018 | Broadway World

Broadway World

JUMA Entertainment, producers of lifestyle and home renovation television programming, will produce "Superstar Renovation," a series of one-hour specials where sports celebrities head back to their hometowns to give the gift of a home makeover to people who have played a special role in their lives. Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro safety, Malcolm Jenkins, stars in the first special airing Saturday, October 13 at 2 pm ET on the CBS Television Network.

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Spurs star to appear in new CBS home-improvement TV series

October 4, 2018 | Business Journal

Business Journal

San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge will get some national television face time off the basketball court. Aldridge will be featured in one of the first episodes of “Superstar Renovation.”

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Sports Stars Renovate Homes in New Series Airing on CBS

October 4, 2018 | Broadcasting & Cable

Broadcasting & Cable

Sports stars are renovating homes in a new series Superstar Renovation, which will air on CBS. Produced by Juma Entertainment, the first episode will air Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. ET and features Philadelphia Eagle safety Malcolm Jenkins.

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How the iconic Apple '1984' Super Bowl ad almost never happened


How the iconic Apple '1984' Super Bowl ad almost never happened

Most advertising executives and analysts will tell you that Apple's 60-second spot from 1984, a take on the George Orwell novel "1984," is the all-time best Super Bowl ad.

The ad, produced by agency Chiat/Day, shows a woman (the actress Anya Major) running into a drab hall of brainwashed citizens and throwing a sledgehammer at a screen displaying a Big Brother-like face. Scrolling text reads: "On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you'll see why 1984 won't be like '1984.'"

It was the birth of Apple's (AAPL) brand identity as something unique, a way to escape the drone-like corporate world and express your originality. Apple stuck with that branding and still employs it today.


What’s the greatest Super Bowl commercial ever? Find out Feb. 2


What’s the greatest Super Bowl commercial ever? Find out Feb. 2

Have a favorite all-time big-game spot? Wonder how it stacks up? Watch live as Sports Illustrated senior editor Richard Deitsch joins hosts Katharine McPhee and Boomer Esiason, in addition to editors from Money, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune and People as they rank the top 50 Super Bowl commercials of all time, up to No. 3.


'Hey Kid, Catch!' – NFL Legend 'Mean' Joe Greene Reunites with Coca-Cola Kid Nearly 40 Years After Their Iconic Super Bowl Ad


'Hey Kid, Catch!' – NFL Legend 'Mean' Joe Greene Reunites with Coca-Cola Kid Nearly 40 Years After Their Iconic Super Bowl Ad

It's been nearly 40 years since a 9-year-old fan shared his Coca-Cola with Pittsburgh Steelers star "Mean" Joe Greene in one of the most famous commercials in Super Bowl history. Now the unlikely duo are reunited in a new video honoring the iconic ad and their enduring bond.


‘World Dog Awards’ Wins Award for Best Awards Show Ever

January 15, 2016 | YAHOO

Right This Minute - From Old Barn to Dream Home

Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, and by Thursday evening they became entirely unimportant, as The World Dog Awardsaired. The show honors canines who go beyond “man’s best friend”.


Preview of World Dog Awards

JANUARY 14, 2016 | PIX 11

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Preview of World Dog Awards

Now, that the Golden Globes are behind us and the Oscar nominations have been announced, it's officially awards season. And tonight the awards are going to the dogs.

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EXCLUSIVE: Meet One of the Hero Pups of the World Dog Awards


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Preview of World Dog Awards

Among the hub-bub about Oscar nominations and Golden Globe results, The CW is taking a night to recognize the dogs who have given amazing performances in the real world. The CW's World Dog Awards airs this Thursday at 8 / 7 p.m. CT and is hosted by George Lopez for the second year in a row.


George Lopez Talks Top Dogs From The 'World Dog Awards'


George Lopez Talks Top Dogs From The 'World Dog Awards'
George Lopez Talks Top Dogs From The 'World Dog Awards'

George Lopez talks returning to host the "World Dog Awards" for a second year. What are some of the craziest canine contestants Lopez has seen? The "World Dog Awards" airs January 14 at 8/7c on the CW.


Dierks Bentley's Johnny Cash Cover Gets an Assist from Taylor Hicks


Right This Minute - From Old Barn to Dream Home

Bentley provided the vocals and guitar-strumming on Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" during a high-energy set at the 24th annual "Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest," with Hicks lending a hand on the harmonica.


Dierks Bentley Headlines Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Waterkeeper Alliance Event, On CBS


Right This Minute - From Old Barn to Dream Home

Bentley provided the vocals and guitar-strumming on Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" during a high-energy set at the 24th annual "Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest," with Hicks lending a hand on the harmonica. Preview the performance exclusively in the player above!


From Old Barn to Dream Home


Right This Minute - From Old Barn to Dream Home

"Barn Hunters" follows Sean Tracy and his crew as they turn old, broken down barns into the homes people dream about. So when someone asks if you grew up in a barn, you can be pretty proud of saying yes!


'The World Dog Awards' Hosted by George Lopez
Returns to the CW in January 2016


TVs Hottest Commercials Countdown' showcases sexy spots, and it's pure guilty pleasure

The CW Network announced today that the second annual WORLD DOG AWARDS, hosted by George Lopez, will return in January 2016, honoring man’s best friend in a celebration with some of the most famous four-legged stars and the humans who love them. An airdate and time will be announced at a later date.

The WORLD DOG AWARDS honor some of the most talented and laudable pups on the planet, from furry film stars to social media darlings. Awards will include A List Dog, for the celebrity dog who made the biggest impact in media, Top TV Dog, Most Pawpular, awarded to the most famous dogs in social media, and Dog of the Year. Special recognition will also be given to service dogs, animal shelters around the country, and celebrity advocates. Viewers will also have a chance to submit their own nominees on for their favorite cute canine YouTube stars, for best Performing Pups.

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'TV's Hottest Commercials Countdown' showcases SEXY spots


TVs Hottest Commercials Countdown' showcases sexy spots, and it's pure guilty pleasure

"TV’s Hottest Commercials Countdown" delivers exactly what it promises: a fast-paced and highly suggestive romp through three dozen of the sexiest television ads from around the world.

Viewers who rely on the CW for shows like “The Vampire Diaries” and “Arrow” can temporarily turn their fantasies Tuesday night to shapely young women wearing not much clothing.


Katharine McPhee and Boomer Esiason Count Down
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials


Brewers’ canine pal goes from stray to ‘Dog of the Year’

It's old-school vs. new-school on CBS' Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials special this year.

Hosted by The NFL Today analyst Boomer Esiason and Scorpion star Katharine McPhee, the interactive event (now in its 15th year) will pit five more recent commercials, picked by McPhee, against a handful from yesteryear, picked by Esiason.


Brewers’ canine pal goes from stray to ‘Dog of the Year’


Brewers’ canine pal goes from stray to ‘Dog of the Year’

The year 2014 turned out to be a big one for Hank the Dog, who showed up at the Milwaukee Brewers’ spring training complex in February, in a sadly bedraggled state. That was the last time that Hank would go unloved, as the pooch was effectively adopted by the Brewers and their fans, and officially adopted by a loving family.

Not only did Hank find a good home, he was given another one by the team.


Dogs Get Their Day

JANUARY 15, 2015 | CBS News

World Dog Awards Photos

Audience member Karen McGill, with Bagel The Sunglass Cat, walks along the stage at the 2015 World Dog Awards at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, Calif., Jan. 10, 2015.Canine winners, along with a few humans and a cat, will be presented with golden fire hydrant statuettes. The inaugural World Dog Awards, hosted by comic George Lopez, will air Jan. 15 on The CW Network.


'Barnstorming' in Bucks: Building barns for upscale living


Barnstorming in Bucks: Building barns for upscale living

When people ask, "Do you live in a barn?" they tend not to mean it as a compliment.

But those people probably haven't seen the work of Bucks County TimberCraft, the company that specializes in turning old Pennsylvania barns into high-end homes, made with antique barn wood but loaded with modern amenities.

Sean Tracy, 49, owner of the company and star of Barn Hunters, a reality show that debuted last fall on Great American Country, not only restores and upgrades old barns for local clients, but also dismantles aging structures - either because the property owners no longer want them, or because developers have other plans for the site - and resurrects them in new locations.


'Paw-Paparazzi' Take Note: World Dog Awards Honor Star Pets


Paw-Paparazzi Take Note: World Dog Awards Honor Star Pets

Awards season is underway in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate achievements like best mutt instead of best actor.

At the inaugural World Dog Awards hosted by comedian George Lopez, dogs will walk in on artificial grass and wag out with golden fire hydrant statuettes honoring the best in entertainment and social media.

There are no long speeches or fashion critics at the show airing Thursday on the CW Network. At this event, the podium is packed with dog treats, patches of grass allow pets to do their business and signs call for barking instead of applause. Plus, pooches lounge on couches and sniff out swag bags boasting pet food, collars and toys.





The CW network honors man's best friend with The World Dog Awards, a fun, furry, star-studded affair hosted by George Lopez. Extraordinary canines (and one cat) walked the green carpet, sharing the limelight with their human counterparts. The awards ceremony was filmed on Saturday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and will air this Thursday, Jan 15th.


George Lopez to Host Inaugural ‘World Dog Awards’ on CW

DECEMBER 15, 2014 | Variety

Variety Magazine - George Lopez hosts inaugural world dog awards on the CW

Hollywood is finally throwing its dogs a bone during awards season. The CW will telecast the first ever “The World Dog Awards,” to be hosted by comedian George Lopez at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on Jan. 15.

Viewers can throw their paws up for the year’s top canine thesps with the two-hour award show doling out congratulatory wags of the tail for categories including Top TV Dog, Celebrity Dog Selife, America’s Top Mutt and “The Dog’s Life” Achievement Award. The ceremony will even dig up some buried treasure for feline friends with its Most Dog-Like Cat award, celebrating the cat with the most canine personality traits.


October Is a Record-Breaking Month for DIY Network

October 30, 2014 | The Futon Critic

With strong performing series such as Vanilla Ice Goes Amish and The Shatner Project, DIY Network achieved its most-watched October ever in prime, garnering 86,000 P25-54 impressions - a 19% increase over October 2013.

The second season episodes of Vanilla Ice Goes Amish, which airs on Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, attracted more than 2.2 million viewers in October, while more than 1.6 million viewers tuned in to The Shatner Project since its premiere on Thursday, October 23, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Sledgehammer, starring contractor Jason Cameron, and Salvage Dawgs, also helped push the network to record levels.


'World's Wildest Commercials' Airing August 28th at 10pm on ABC

August 14, 2014 | The Futon Critic

"The World's Wildest Commercials," airing THURSDAY, AUGUST 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, features the funniest commercials on the planet. Hosted by "Suburgatory" star and SNL alum Chris Parnell, the hour-long special features a top 20 countdown plus additional wild commercials grouped together in entertaining categories. Highlights include girls who go gaga for their men, animals with attitude, and even spots that hit below the belt. Many of the spots have never before been seen in the U.S.


The CW to Air Award Show for Dogs

July 29, 2014 | Hollywood Reporter

If there is one thing that America loves more than a live awards show, it's dogs. The CW aims to capitalize on both by launching a new kudo: The World Dog Awards.

Yes, the entire world of dogs will be awarded. That includes the noble animals who risk their lives in the military and offer their assistance as medical service animals — and also dogs from entertainment and viral videos.

For the performance-focused canines, studios should find some relief in the fact that these awards will take place during the traditional Hollywood award season. The inaugural show is set to debut this coming January 2015. Watch your back, Golden Globes.


HGTV and DIY Network's 5 New Series Include ‘Amish RENOgades’

July 8, 2014 | The Wrap

Believe it or not, HGTV and DIY Network have made room for even more home renovation programming — and without use of a sledgehammer. The two cable channels have greenlit five new series between them on Tuesday. HGTV has ordered “Crowded House,” ”Tiny House Builders” (working title), ”Half Price Paradise” and “Colonial Rehab” (working title); DIY Network has ordered “Amish RENOgades.”


Juma President Bob Horowitz on 'The Outfield' on Sirius XM Radio

June 4, 2014 | SiriusXM

Part 1: The Outfield: Producer Bob Horowitz talks new film project on Glenn Burke:
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Vanilla Ice Goes Amish wins 'Lifestyle-Home' at 2014 Real Screen Awards

June 4, 2014 | Realscreen

Discovery’s long-running series Deadliest Catch picked up five prizes at the Realscreen Awards in Santa Monica tonight (June 4), with RuPaul’s Drag Race and Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda (pictured) among the other winners. Deadliest Catch cleaned up in the technical categories, taking awards for best editing, directing and music, as well as the Docureality prize and the Award of Excellence – Reality. Meanwhile, Logo show RuPaul’s Drag Race was victorious in the Competition – Talent and Studio-Based Program category; as well as the Best Host/Presenter category, recognizing RuPaul Andre Charles. Also a double winner was Channel 4′s Rebuilding the World Trade Center, which took the prizes for Best Cinematography and Non-Fiction – Social Issues and Current Affairs Program. Elsewhere, live stunt special Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda won the prizes for Digital and Branded Content – Multi-Platform Project; and for Most Original Concept. High wire walker Wallenda also won the prize for Personality of the Year, as previously reported. Other award winners included Discovery Channel’s All the President’s Men Revisited, which won for Non-Fiction – History and Biographical Program; CBS’s The Amazing Race, which triumphed in the Competition – Game category; and NBC’s Million Second Quiz, which won in the new category of Competition – Shiny Floor Game Show. Finally, and as previously announced, Undercover Boss creator Stephen Lambert was inducted into the Realscreen Hall Of Fame; A+E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc received the inaugural Television Trailblazer award; and Wallenda was named Personality of the Year. The full list of award winners, who were honored during the first day of Realscreen West 2014.


CMT reveals why america is “F’n” awesome with the new countdown show ‘FNA USA’premiering Thursday, April 10

March 20, 2014 | CMT

NASHVILLE – March 19, 2014 – CMT celebrates our love for all things America with FNA USA, the ultimate viral video countdown series that raises a glass to the most kick-ass, beer-guzzling, Olympic-medal winning, dictator-toppling, freedom-loving super power in history. The one-hour, six-episode series premieres Thursday, April 10 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. CMT's Executive Vice President of Development Jayson Dinsmore says, “America has ruled the world since 1776 and we’re damn proud of it. It’s about time we had a show like this on American television!”

Each episode of FNA USA will combine funny, outrageous and sometimes frightening viral videos with user-generated clips to show why America is No. 1 among seven continents*. FNA will toast Americans finding masterful ways to slack off at work, and inventing world-class college drinking games; and take a countrified look at what’s right and wrong with pop culture and the USA today. We’ll also honor our hard-working, liberty-loving men and women – true patriots who are loud, proud and unapologetic when it comes to who they are and the country they love.

FNA USA is produced by Juma Entertainment with Robert Horowitz, Len Webber, Lewis Fenton and Tim Golier serving as executive producers. Jordan Harman, Joe Livecchi and Jayson Dinsmore are executive producers for CMT.

*Yes we know America is not a continent… yet.

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Progress On Feature Based On Life Of Glenn Burke

March 3, 2014 | Indiewire

As more gay athletes *out* themselves, inspiring lots of conversation on professional athletes who happen to be gay, it shouldn't be a big surprise that there's maybe more interest than ever before in film and TV projects highlighting the contributions of gay athletes to professional sports.

Jamie Lee Curtis and JUMA Entertainment are hoping all the attention will help push forward a film she's apparently been trying to get made for years, on Major League Baseball player, Glenn Burke (photo above), based his autobiography Out At Home: The Glenn Burke Story. [read more]

‘Out At Home’, Story Of First Gay Ballplayer Glenn Burke

March 3, 2014 | Deadline Hollywood

Ross Katz, who produced The Laramie Project and Glenn Burke Movie Gay Baseball Playerthe superb HBO pic Taking Chance, has signed on to write Out At Home: The Glenn Burke Story. He joins Juma Entertainment’s Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Horowitz as producers of the film that tells the story of Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s player Burke, who was honest with his teammates and management that he was gay at a time in the 1970s when such a revelation was unheard of. It’s still perilous today, though the Brooklyn Nets’ Jason Collins just became the first openly gay player to play on a major pro sports roster, and 2013 SEC co-defensive player of the year Michael Sam is preparing to enter the NFL draft as football’s first openly gay player. [read more]

The Worst Super Bowl Ads Of All Time

January 31, 2014 | Forbes

Bob Horowitz, president of Juma Entertainment and executive producer of the annual CBS show “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials,” says Super Bowl ads are successful if they accomplish one of two things. “They must entertain with clever, over-the-top–but not too silly–creative that has viewers wanting to re-tell punch lines at the water cooler the next morning. Or the commercial has to tug at the heart strings, providing an emotional connection for viewers and the corporate message,” he says “Viewers watch the game to be entertained by those 30 and 60-second commercials. If the spots don’t meet those entertaining expectations, $4 million is wasted.”[read more]

Superbowl's Greatest Commercials Ratings

January 30, 2014 | Deadline Hollywood

It must be disheartening for studio executives to see a clip show of old Super Bowl commercials beat handily original episodes of high-end comedy and drama series. CBS‘ annual Super Bowl commercials special (1.9) from 8-9 PM was down a tenth from last year but finished well ahead in the hour of superbowlspecialNBC’s Revolution[read more]

‘Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2014′ Countdown Is On

January 10, 2014 | Deadline Hollywood

Ah yes, it’s that time of year. What would the Super Bowl be without those commercials? Beginning today, viewers will get to vote on for their favorite Super Bowl commercials from 10 categories (office, user-generated, sexy, beer, crazy, kids, celebrity, car, animal and soft drink). The top three will advance to the live vote during the TV broadcast on Wednesday, January 29 at 8 PM on CBS. CBS sports analyst Boomer Esiason and Person Of Interest‘s Sarah Shahi will host. The winner will be revealed at the end of the show. Good luck! [read more]

FNA USA Premieres April 2014 on CMT

December 2013 | CMT Unveils Its Biggest Unscripted Slate With 7 New Series (Exclusive)

FNA USA (premieres April 2014) - Six one-hour episodes - Each week on FNA USA, we'll countdown the top 20 riotous reasons that America is the most badass, Olympic medal-winning, dictator-toppling, hot dog-eating competing superpower in the world. Based on the premise that Americans work hard and play harder than anyone else, FNA USA celebrates everything from six-packed babes to six packs of beer; and if it rocks, we invented it! FNA USA is produced by Juma Entertainment with executive producers Bob Horowitz, Lewis Fenton, Len Webber and Tim Golier. Harman, Livecchi and Dinsmore are executive producers for CMT. [read more]

The Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest aired on CBS on Sunday

December 2013 | The Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest aired on CBS

The Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest aired on CBS on Sunday, scoring 55 percent over last year (1.7/3 HH rating in metered markets). The Juma Entertainment production tied NBC's PGA golf, with Tiger Woods in a playoff.[read more]

"Vanilla Ice Goes Amish" Finishes on Top at DIY Network

November 13, 2013 | "Vanilla Ice Goes Amish" Finishes on Top at DIY Network

DIY Network's breakout series Vanilla Ice Goes Amish ended its first season on Saturday, November 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT as the #1 regularly scheduled primetime series among all key adult and female demos on the network in 2013. It also attracted one of the most upscale audiences on DIY Network, ranking as the #2 upscale program among M25-54 - behind the pop icon and knock-out home renovator's other series, Vanilla Ice Project. During the season, more than 6.6 million viewers tuned in to watch as Vanilla Ice and an Amish team tackled construction projects ranging from a kitchen reconstruction to an old-school barn-raising. Vanilla Ice Goes Amish saw triple-digit growth versus all benchmarks, including a 209% increase... [read more]

Fox Orders JB Benn Magic Special

September 20, 2013 | Deadline Hollywood

Fox has ordered Unreal (working title), a reality special starring close-up magician JB Benn. The special, currently in production, will feature Benn performing magic tricks on celebrities and athletes. Juma Entertainment is producing, with Bob Horowitz and Len Webber executive producing.[read more]

What are the greatest Super Bowl commercials?

January 30, 2013 | What are the greatest Super Bowl commercials?

(CBS News) For many, the Super Bowl commercials are the most anticipated part of game day. Wednesday night, CBS is airing a look back at the most memorable spots through the years and letting viewers vote on their favorites, on "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials." Robert Horowitz, the executive producer of "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" spoke to "CBS This Morning," about the most iconic ads in recent decades. [read more & Watch Segment]

Juma Entertainment adds head of production

July 12, 2013 | Realscreen

Len Webber is joining Juma Entertainment to lead the production company's New York City operation, as senior VP and head of production. The New York City office extends the expansion of Juma's nationwide facilities, staffing and capabilities. Juma's president Robert Horowitz, and exec VP and executive producer Lewis Fenton, will continue to work out of the prodco's Pennsylvania headquarters.[read more] NBC Presents "The CLIOS: World's Best Commercials

May 31, 2012 | News

NBC will bring "The CLIOS: World's Best Commercials" to network television in a one-hour primetime special Wednesday, July 25 from 8-9 PM ET, hosted by comedian JB Smoove and produced by JUMA Entertainment. These commercials, all nominated for CLIO recognition, feature some of the biggest names in television, movies and sports, including Jason Bateman, Kevin Bacon, Will Arnett, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. [read more]

Sports Business Spotlight: Peter DeVita, Juma Entertainment

October 10, 2011 | Sports Business Journal

Peter DeVita is joining production and event management company Juma Entertainment as its new COO and will be opening the company's new office in New York City. DeVita and Bob Horowitz, Juma president and founder, are reunited after they spent eight years working together at IMG. DeVita spoke with staff writer Brandon McClung. [read more]

Juma Entertainment finds 'Common' ground

September 2, 2010 | Variety

Format, which Juma is now shopping to networks, follows contestants as they are given the names of two separate people, places or things and asked to name what they have in common. (Steve Jobs and New York, for example, add up to "apple.") [read more]

JUMA Entertainment Expands Staff

August 10, 2010 | the Wrap TV

Events and reality TV production company JUMA Entertainment is expanding, with two new hires and a promotion for longtime exec Melissa Calheno, JUMA President Robert Horowitz, announced Tuesday. [read more]

Juma Entertainment on Sports Business Daily

July 21, 2010 | Beck Media and Marketing

ROBERT HOROWITZ founded Juma Entertainment in '05 and has since capitalized on the reality show craze, producing ABC's "The Superstars," CBS' "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials" and his most recent endeavor, VH1's "Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch," among others. Before forming Juma, Horowitz served as Senior VP of IMG North America, and prior to that served as President of GGP, a Northern California-based sports marketing television production company. [read more]

Double Exposure's Exec Producer Addresses La Loca's Twitter Rant

June 25, 2010 | Perez Hilton

Liar! Liar! SCRAM bracelet on fire! - The executive producer of Bravo's Double Exposure is speaking out about Lindsay Lohan's Twitter rant that accused the show of setting her up to look bad.[read more]

Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch Coming Soon To VH1!

March 11, 2010 | VH1 Blog

VH1, JUMA and 51 Minds are teaming up for a new breed of dating show, Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch, which will feature women from all over the United States competing for the heart of notorious Cincinnati Bengals star player Chad Ocho Cinco. [read more]

Sports Business Spotlight: Peter DeVita, Juma Entertainment

December 5, 2009 |

at Monahan of Train performs at the Waterkeepers Fundraiser dinner at Juma Entertainment's 18th Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest at the Silverlake Lodge on December 5, 2009 in Deer Valley, Utah. [read more]

Juma Entertainment Looks to Take Sports Green

July 22, 2008 |

Juma Entertainment is jumping on the eco-friendly craze with the launch of a new "Juma Green" division devoted to eco-friendly televised sporting events. "Our eco-friendly sponsorship relationships with companies including Lexus, John Paul Mitchell Systems, Roots and others confirm that environmentally sensitive marketing and programming is here to stay," president Bob Horowitz said. [read more]