|Type||Private (part of the All3Media Group )|
Los Angeles (USA)
|Key people||Stephen Lambert, Chief Executive
Eli Holzman, President, SL USA
It specializes in creating and producing entertaining non-scripted programs for the UK, US and international markets. It launched in Soho, London, in March 2008 and six months later opened a US office in Culver City, CA. It is currently producing shows in the US and UK for a wide range of broadcast and cable networks. In the 2011 Broadcast (magazine) survey of independent production companies, Studio Lambert ranked #11 by size of turnover.
Chief executive Stephen Lambert is responsible for creating ground-breaking international hit formats in Britain and America such as Wife Swap, Faking It, and Secret Millionaire. Before launching Studio Lambert, he was chief creative officer of the RDF Media Group (now part of the Zodiak Media Group.) Eli Holzman has been the president of Studio Lambert USA since its inception in 2008. He is the former head and co-founder of Miramax Television. Holzman created the series Project Runway, and served as the president of Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Films, where he developed and launched Beauty and the Geek.
Studio Lambert is backed by All3Media, a global group of production companies and an international distribution company.
Studio Lambert's first major formatted show was Undercover Boss, which started on Britain's Channel 4 in 2009 and has become a very successful international hit format produced in more than twenty countries. Studio Lambert's American version premiered on CBS in February 2010 immediately after the Super Bowl to a record-breaking audience of nearly 40 million viewers - the largest audience ever for the premiere of a reality series. It went on to become the most popular new show of the 2009-10 television season in any genre with an average audience of 17 million viewers and to earn an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Reality Program in 2010, 2011 and 2012, winning the category in 2012. The second season averaged 12.3 million viewers and the third season, which saw the show move from Sunday to the less popular Friday night, attracted an average of 9.4 million viewers. CBS ordered a fourth season in March 2012.
In the US, in addition to Undercover Boss other Studio Lambert shows include the critically acclaimed The Pitch for AMC, Kurt Sutter's Outlaw Empires for Discovery, Diamond Divers and Rat Bastards for Spike, Be the Boss for A&E, Mel B: It's a Scary World for Style Network, The Fairy Jobmother for Lifetime and Southern Fried Stings for tru-TV.
In the UK, the company's returning series include Undercover Boss, Four in a Bed (which is also a hit in France on TF1) and The Fairy Jobmother all for Channel 4. In May 2012 ITV announced that Studio Lambert was producing an eight episode UK version of the Israeli relationship format Three for ITV2.
Studio Lambert also produces documentary projects such as Seven Days, a real-time documentary series filmed in Notting Hill and shown on Channel 4 in the autumn of 2010. Other documentary projects made by the company include Benefit Busters for Channel 4 and a feature documentary on the financial crash titled The Flaw which was launched at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011.
The original 'Studio Lambert' was a very successful television commercials production company in the 1960s, 70s and 80s run by Stephen Lambert's father, Roger Lambert, a director of many well-known advertising commercials.