Nick Weir

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Nick Weir
Born Nicholas David Weir
(1964-11-20)20 November 1964
Hatfield, United Kingdom
Occupation Entertainment Executive
Former entertainer
Years active 1997–2004 (TV)
1994–present

Nicholas David "Nick" Weir is an English entertainer who is best known as the second presenter of Catchphrase and is currently the Vice President of Entertainment for Royal Caribbean International. A former consultant and entertainer who was born in London, England and grew up in West Sussex, England, he is best known for presenting the British game show Catchphrase. In total he presented four game shows, or six including two unbroadcast pilots, and all of them were ITV productions. Of the game shows he presented, Catchphrase was the only one he presented more than one series of.

Biography[edit]

Entertainment career[edit]

He began his entertainment career on cruise ships, as a singer and comedian. In 1997, he presented the regional sports game show On The Ball in the Granada ITV region and, also working with Granada but airing nationally, presented a daytime game show on ITV, called Waffle in 1998, and also teamed up with Lisa Rogers to present the show Grudge Match from 1999 to 2000. He stands at a tall 6' 6", as does his brother, Simon. At the time of which he was presenting Catchphrase, he lived in Brighton, East Sussex.

In 2000, Weir replaced Roy Walker as the host of the popular TV game show Catchphrase. During his first series, he broke his foot (by falling down the stairs as he made his entrance to the studio floor) during a recording of the show. This incident was edited out but was shown in a later show to explain why he was suddenly in a cast and on crutches. He continued to present his first series of Catchphrase while his foot healed, wearing a trademark cast throughout many episodes of the show. Despite his unpopularity with viewers at the time, he succeeded in the mission of markedly improving the ratings of Series 14 and 15 in comparison to Walker's last series.

Between December 2001 and January 2002, he appeared in the play Aladdin as the character of the same name in The hexagon in Reading, Berkshire. He presented Catchphrase until 2002, following which, the show moved to daytime and former Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry hosted the show for the 2002 series. Predating his first game show, he also was the host in an unaired pilot for Lucky Numbers in 1994, but the host of the show was ultimately Shane Richie, and aired for three series between 1995–1997.

Besides being a host, he also appeared as a contestant in a December 1997 episode of Give Us a Clue and appeared in Blankety Blank in 2001.[1][2] Archive footage of Weir featured on ITV's 2014 series Come on Down! The Game Show Story. Weir also hosted a pilot for The Great British Game Show.

Cruise and Entertainment Consulting[edit]

Following Catchphrase, Weir served as entertainment consultant on board the Celebrity Eclipse as well as other Solstice Class ships, Celebrity Cruises' newest line of vessels. His consulting firm, based in Las Vegas and Miami, helped launch all five Solstice Class ships for Celebrity Cruises and designed the original entertainment programming. Because he had previous experience as a Cruise Director, Weir coordinated the entertainment programs, naming ceremonies and media events in the position of Cruise Director for the first few weeks of each ship's inaugural season. Weir also led the production of the documentary "The Making of Celebrity Reflection - The Fifth in Class" which captured the making of the vessels over an 18th month period.[3]

Clients of Weir's consulting firm include the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, MGM, Syco Television, Andre Agassi Foundation, Emeril Lagasse, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Costa Cruises.[4][5]

Vice President of Royal Caribbean[edit]

Weir was appointed Vice President of Entertainment by Royal Caribbean on 18 September 2013, following the departure of Peter Compton.[6] Royal Caribbean wanted Weir's combination of stage and managerial experience to push larger Vegas-style productions aboard its ships. Royal Caribbean announced "With his stellar and diverse background, Nick will help lead Royal Caribbean’s award-winning entertainment program to the next level – not just for our existing fleet of the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships, but also for the three Quantum-class and a third Oasis-class ship that will be launching starting in late-2014. Nick joins Royal Caribbean with more than 25 years of experience in both the entertainment and cruise industries – with notable achievements in performance and production..." [7]

Since becoming the vice president, Weir has overseen the launch of the Two70° theatre in the back end of the ship in the Quantum class. The theatre features pioneering technology including the Vistarama, a projection surface that is 150 feet wide, and technology allowing users to manipulate video in any desired way, but also viewers can manipulate the screen it is being played on in three-dimensional space. He has also overseen two new stage shows, Mamma Mia! and Sonic Odyssey.[8] Weir was also impressed with their treatment of the Saturday Night Fever stage show on Liberty on the Seas, saying they "were able to play with it a little bit and it's a slightly shorter version than the original, and it’s just magnificent. In fact, it's so impressive to me that we have a production facility here in Hollywood, and every time it does its studio run — they do a run-through before they ship out to the ship — I get in my car and go up and watch it. It’s so clever."[8]

List of game shows[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "ITV Series 1, Episode 3". Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 21 January 2001. ITV. Repeated 23 August 2016 on Challenge TV. 
  2. ^ Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 20 May 2001. ITV. 
  3. ^ Celebrity Cruises "The Making of Celebrity Reflection". July 2013
  4. ^ Denise Truscello "Nick Weir speaks onstage during the Andre Agassi Foundation"
  5. ^ Marte Myhre "Host - Nick Weir"
  6. ^ Royal Caribbean "Royal Caribbean appoints new head of ship entertainment"
  7. ^ Royal Caribbean "ROYAL CARIBBEAN APPOINTS NICK WEIR TO VICE PRESIDENT OF ENTERTAINMENT"
  8. ^ a b For Nick Weir, cruise entertainment is family business | Miami Herald

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Preceded by
Roy Walker
Host of Catchphrase
2000–02
Succeeded by
Mark Curry