Michael Davies (television producer)

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Michael Davies
Born 1966 (age 47–48)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Other names Davo, Michael "Positive" Davies[1]
Occupation Television producer, Man in Blazer[1]
Known for Men in Blazers
Religion Tiricoism

Michael Davies (born 1966), also known as Davo (DAY-voe), is a British producer of television game shows in the United States.[2] As president and CEO of Embassy Row, a New York-based television production company that is a unit of Sony Pictures Television, he is best known as the executive producer of Wife Swap (U.S. TV series). He also produced ESPN's 2 Minute Drill, VH1's World Series of Pop Culture, CBS's Power of 10, and the GSN originals: Chain Reaction, Grand Slam, and GSN's remake of The Newlywed Game as well as the U.S. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He created Lifetime's Debt, and Comedy Central's Win Ben Stein's Money.[3] He also wrote a blog on the 2006 World Cup for espn.com.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in London in 1966, Davies attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. Davies is the younger brother of the opera singer Rebecca de Pont Davies and screenwriter William Davies.

Career[edit]

Beginning in 2011, Davies and co-host and ESPNFC.com writer Roger Bennett, brought the Men in Blazers podcast to Grantland.com, a website owned by ESPN covering sports and pop culture. The weekly podcast includes analysis of recent matches in the Premier League as well as coverage of the UEFA Champions League and various international fixtures, specifically the United States men's national soccer team games. Frequent topics of discussion are Bennett's beloved Everton F.C., Davies' Chelsea F.C., the growth of soccer in the United States, and commentator Ian Darke. The analysis is sprinkled with offbeat, quirky similes, World War I poetry, and a steadfast belief that "soccer has been America's sport of the future since 1972".

The two have built up a small but passionate cult like following in the United States whom the two call "GFOPs" or Great Friend of the Pod. GFOPs created a wikispace for the podcast to help new listeners understand inside jokes and track the history of certain references.[5] On the podcast, Davies is also called "Davo" or "Positive" by co-host Bennett, who is sometimes referred to, lovingly, as Toilet. Davies and Bennett refer to the United States men's national soccer team as The Von Trapps.[6] The pair have coined a number of phrases such as the term "shass" to refer to a shot that is so poor it turns into a pass. The most notorious "shassmasters" in the Premier League are then Arsenal F.C.'s Gervinho and Liverpool F.C.'s Daniel Sturridge.

Fox Sports announced that they cancelled the Davies-produced program Crowd Goes Wild, a daily sports talk show from the national sports network Fox Sports 1, which featured Regis Philbin, in April 2014.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Davies lives in New York City's Tribeca with his wife, two daughters and one son.[citation needed] He also has a third daughter from a previous marriage. Davies is also an avid fan of the West London soccer team, Chelsea F.C. and the Australian musician Kylie Minogue as well as the term "pants", which he employed a great deal in his FIFA World Cup 2006 coverage.

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