Michael Davies (television producer)
|Born||1966 (age 46–47)
London, England, United Kingdom
As president and CEO of Embassy Row, a New York-based television production company that is a unit of Sony Pictures Television, he was the executive producer of the U.S. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from 1999-2010. He is also the producer of 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. He also wrote a blog on the 2006 World Cup for espn.com. Davies also is currently working on plans for a 2009 revival of Pyramid for CBS Daytime. Although CBS announced plans to revive another classic game show, Let's Make a Deal, there is speculation that Pyramid could return in syndication.
Born in London in 1966, Davies attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Tribeca, New York City, with his wife, two daughters and one son. He also has a third daughter, Brea age 20 from a previous marriage. Michael is the younger brother of the opera singer Rebecca de Pont Davies and the screen writer William Davies. He 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.
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 English 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 America, 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.  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.  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 Davies will be producing Crowd Goes Wild, a daily sports talk show featuring a panel of hosts on their all new national sports network Fox Sports 1, which will launch on August 17, 2013. He will again partner with Millionaire host, Regis Philbin.
- "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- Blog of the 2002 World Cup by Michael Davies
- "Men In Blazers Wiki". Retrieved 2013-10-19.
- official Men In Blazers wiki entry for Von Trapps
- Collins, Scott (16 July, 2013). "Regis Philbin returns for Fox Sports talk show 'Crowd Goes Wild'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
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