Prolific game show producer Harry Friedman will be honored with the 2,680th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, Nov. 1, at 11:30 a.m., the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced.
The star will be dedicated in the category of television at 6200 Hollywood Blvd., near the corner of Hollywood and Vine.
“Harry Friedman’s work on game shows has entertained millions of people here and around the world,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “We are excited that Harry chose this date to celebrate his amazing television career and happily have placed his star next to the Walk of Fame star of his friend and colleague, game show host Pat Sajak.”
Helping Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, unveil the star will be Walk of Famers Pat Sajak, Vanna White and Alex Trebek.
Long before student internships, Omaha native Friedman began hanging around the city’s television stations, learning by watching and doing whatever management permitted.
In 1971, he arrived in Los Angeles and, without contacts, gave himself six months to find a job. With less than 24 hours remaining on his self-imposed deadline, he landed a part-time question-writer spot on “The Hollywood Squares,” marking the beginning of his long, valued relationship with Heatter-Quigley Productions. Over the following 11 years, Friedman wrote and produced thousands of episodes of the popular series and was also actively involved in the development of several other game shows. He first joined “Wheel of Fortune” as a producer in 1995 before adding producer duties for “Jeopardy!” in 1997. In 1999, he was elevated to executive producer for both series, which are produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Friedman has won multiple Emmy Awards and is the only producer to ever have won two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself. Friedman also won a Peabody Award and was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. He also has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has been inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Friedman also has three Guinness World Records: he holds the record titles for most Emmy nominations for a game show producer with 48 and most Emmy Award wins by a game show producer with 14. He was also recognized by Guinness World Records for having produced more game show episodes than any other individual: 12,540 episodes and counting.
For information, visit wheeloffortune.com/about-the-show/#harry-friedman and walkoffame.com.
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