Michael Davies (television producer)

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Michael Davies
Born (1966-03-03) March 3, 1966 (age 50)
London, United Kingdom
Residence New York City, New York
Nationality British
Occupation Television producer[1]
Home town Blackheath, London, UK[2]
Spouse(s) Selena Richards (December 28, 1989-1992; divorced)[3][4]
Children 4

Michael Davies (born March 3, 1966) is a United States-based British television game shows producer.[5]

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 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.[6]

He wrote a blog about the 2006 FIFA World Cup for ESPN.com.[7]

Early years and family[edit]

Davies grew up in Blackheath, London[2] and attended Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, graduating from the University of Edinburgh. He is the younger brother of opera singer Rebecca de Pont Davies and screenwriter William Davies.[citation needed]

Men in Blazers[edit]

Beginning in 2011, Davies and co-host and ESPNFC.com writer Roger Bennett, brought the Men in Blazers podcast to Grantland.com. 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.[8]

The duo were invited to provide analysis and humorous segments for ESPN live from Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, especially from Bob Ley's "Panic Room".[9] The duo did a live show from Portland, Oregon for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, interviewing the likes of Clint Dempsey and Alex Morgan while raising money for MLS Works and the Wounded Warrior Project.[10]

In September 2014, they conducted a New York City FC exclusive interview with Frank Lampard after Lampard joined NYCFC from Chelsea.[11] Fox Sports announced in April 2014 they had cancelled the Davies-produced program Crowd Goes Wild, a daily sports talk show from the national sports network Fox Sports 1.[12]

Ahead of the 2014-15 Premier League season, NBC Sports signed Davies and Bennett from ESPN for its English Premier League coverage and confirmed that Men in Blazers would have its own half-hour television show on Monday nights at 10pm EST, starting September 22, 2014.[13][14]

Davies and Bennett host the Men in Blazers channel on EA Sports Talk Radio on the official 2014 FIFA World Cup video game, with Andy Goldstein of TalkSPORT and Darke hosting the only other channel.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Davies lives in New York City. He recently divorced his second wife, Claude. He is a fan of Chelsea F.C.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men In Blazers - Michael Davies". Meninblazers.wikispaces.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  2. ^ a b "With Abigail Savage". Men in Blazers. June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ Burke, Cathy (1999-12-15). execs-ex-drags-him-to-court-over-child-support "Golden Boy Tarnished – ABC TV Exec'S Ex Drags Him To Court Over Child Support" Check |url= value (help). New York Post. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Hitched, Hatched, Hired". Hollywood Reporter. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  5. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  6. ^ ABC Quiz Show Asks Million-Dollar Question, lubbockonline.com; accessed November 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Davies, Michael (2002). "Blog of the 2002 World Cup by Michael Davies". Page 2. ESPN. Archived from the original on June 9, 2003. Retrieved June 9, 2003. 
  8. ^ "Men In Blazers". Meninblazers.wikispaces.com. Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  9. ^ Men in Blazers Boot Room Extra - 2014 FIFA World Cup, Day 5 (immediately after United States 2-1 Ghana), YouTube.com; accessed November 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Men in Blazers at the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, YouTube.com; accessed November 11, 2016.
  11. ^ NYCFC Exclusive Interview - Frank Lampard (by the Men in Blazers), YouTube.com; accessed November 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Fox Sports 1 cancels Crowd Goes Wild, awfulannouncing.com; retrieved July 4, 2014.
  13. ^ Connors, Will (August 10, 2014). "Men in Blazers Jump to NBC". Online.wsj.com. 
  14. ^ Prince-Wright, Joe (September 17, 2014). ""The Men in Blazers Show" set for kick off on NBCSN". Prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com. 
  15. ^ Seven Reasons To Start Your 2014 FIFA World Cup Early, Easports.com; accessed November 11, 2016.

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