John Irwin (producer)

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John Irwin is the President of Irwin Entertainment, Inc., a full-service production company specializing in developing comedy, reality, scripted and live entertainment programming. Irwin founded the Los Angeles-based company in 2004, and currently has projects on air, in production and in development with networks including NBC, VH1, E!, Netflix, Comedy Central, Oxygen, and Freeform.

Irwin was the Executive Producer for 7 seasons on the VH1 mega-hit series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.[1] Irwin also serves as the Executive Producer of the wildly popular long-running hit Couples Therapy (TV series)[2] for VH1.[3]

Irwin Entertainment is also the production company behind Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn which premiered in early 2016.[4] The series focused on five celebrity families at various crossroads in their lives & as they underwent three weeks of intensive family therapy to work out their differences.

John Irwin and Irwin Entertainment also produced one Hollywood's biggest reunion specials, NBC's Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows, which successfully premiered to over 5.5 million [5] viewers on February 21, 2016.[6] This iconic special reunited cast members from beloved programs such as Friends, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, Taxi, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, and Two and a Half Men.[7]

For Spike (TV network), Irwin Entertainment produced Coaching Bad with retired 2-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis, who served as a mentor to bombastic youth coaches from around the United States.[8] The 8 episode series premiered in January 2015 and featured Ray Lewis with anger management specialist Dr. Christian Conte as they put 9 coaches through an intense program to change their combative ways.[9] The coaches, who come from a variety of different sports from all around the country, move into a Coaching Center in Los Angeles for intense retraining and reconditioning.

For NBC, Irwin produced Blake Shelton's not so Family Christmas, a Scripted Comedy Variety Special that aired on December 3, 2012.[10] The Variety Special won the 2014 WGA Award in the “Comedy/Variety – Music, Awards, Tributes – Specials” category.[11] For his second consecutive year (Dec. 2013, Dec. 2014) John Irwin produced NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly," Live from Times Square. [12]

Irwin also produced Linda Perry's music boot-camp docu-series on VH1,[13] Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project which aired from July–September 2014.[14]

Irwin has Produced Comedy Specials with Nikki Glaser, Kevin Hart, David Spade, Daniel Tosh, John Mulaney, Artie Lange, Neal Brennan, Chris D'Elia, Steve Rannazzisi, Anthony Jeselnick, Nick Swardson, Norm Macdonald, Hannibal Buress, Tracy Morgan, Patton Oswalt, Trevor Noah, Nate Bargatze, Demetri Martin, Chris Hardwick, Patrice O'Neil, and Todd Barry.


Prior to forming Irwin Entertainment Inc., Irwin spent four years as a producer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, two years as a producer for Mad TV, and five years as Vice President of Development and Production for Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.[15]


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