Mandel Named Host of NBC's Deal or No Deal
IRREVERENT ACTOR/COMEDIAN HOWIE MANDEL NAMED AS HOST OF NBC'S NEW
ALTERNATIVE SERIES 'DEAL OR NO DEAL'
Format Based on International Hit Series from Endemol USA the Producers
of NBC's "Fear Factor" and "Extreme Makeover: Home
- October 31, 2005 - NBC has named irreverent actor/comedian
Howie Mandel ("Hidden Howie") as the host of "Deal or No
Deal," its new alternative series from Endemol USA the producers of
NBC's "Fear Factor" and "Extreme Makeover: Home
Edition," where contestants play for a top prize worth up to one
million dollars in a high-energy match of nerves, instincts and raw
The announcement was made today by Craig Plestis, Senior Vice
President, Alternative Programming & Development.
"Howie's unique comedic instincts make him the perfect fit to
preside over this kind of high-octane series where anything can
happen," said Plestis. "His trademark is unpredictable humor and
dead-on observations that can offset the tense battle of raw nerves
associated with so much money at stake."
The series is based on a format from Endemol and is currently a success
internationally, being broadcast in 38 countries.
Mandel first rose to prominence with his role as an emergency room
doctor on NBC's classic drama "St. Elsewhere." He is also a
successful standup comedian who continues to perform to sold out crowds
nationwide. Additionally, Mandel has entertained millions of children with
his voiceover work. "Bobby's World" became a worldwide
phenomenon with a popular cartoon series that aired in dozens of countries
and a series of best selling DVD's. His voice was also featured in the
animated series "Muppet Babies" and the hit "Gremlins"
Mandel frequently appears as a guest and special correspondent on NBC's
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." On the "Tonight
Show," he features his patented hidden camera videos on unsuspecting
people. He also is a regular guest host on "Live with Regis &
In 1995, Mandel hosted his own daytime talk program "The Howie
Mandel Show," and recently starred in the Bravo series "Hidden
Howie: The Private Life of a Public Nuisance."
"Deal or No Deal" is produced by Endemol USA, a division of
Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The
series is executive-produced by Scott St. John.
Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming
specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable
television. The company produces the break-out hits, "Fear
Factor," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Big
Brother." Endemol USA is a division of Endemol Holding, a prominent
international content developer, producer and distributor of television
and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands, has
subsidiaries and joint ventures in 21 countries, including the major
European markets, the United
Brazil, Mexico and
Australia. Endemol Entertainment is a fully owned subsidiary of
telecommunications giant Telefonica S.A., one of the largest companies in Spain.
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