via press release:
REALITY HITMAKER MIKE FLEISS JOINS THE CW’S HIGHLY
ANTICIPATED H8R AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Creator of The Bachelor Franchise to Produce New Reality Series Through His
Next Entertainment Banner in Association with Warner Horizon Television
July 13, 2011 (Burbank, CA) — Proving that it’s a very thin line between love and “h8,” reality hitmaker Mike Fleiss — creator and executive producer of the highly successful The Bachelor franchise — has been tapped as executive producer of The CW’s H8R (premiering September 14 and airing Wednesdays 8:00–9:00 p.m. ET/PT), hosted by Mario Lopez (Extra, Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew). Fleiss joins H8R creators Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey (Extra) and Jeremy Spiegel (Extra), along with Lopez, as executive producers of the highly anticipated new one-hour reality series, which will be produced by Fleiss’ Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Harney (Howie Do It) will co-executive produce.
“This is an exciting show for a number of reasons. But to me, what gives H8R legitimate breakout potential is that it is truly original. So much reality TV is completely derivative. Not H8R,” said Fleiss. “I guess you can say I’m a ‘h8r’ of lame, derivative programming.”
“Having the brains behind The Bachelor onboard is the ultimate match for us, and I couldn’t be more excited to work with Mike Fleiss on H8R,” said Gregorisch-Dempsey. “This show is really a love letter to celebrities. You’ll see an unguarded side of stars you’ve never seen. H8R has heart and an important message about not judging a book by its cover.”
Celebrities are constantly in the public eye — but not everyone is a fan. In H8R, well-known personalities go head-to-head with real people who don’t like them and try to win them over. Will these “h8rs” be impressed — or will they refuse to change their minds?
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- Mike Fleiss: @fleissmeister
- Mario Lopez: @MarioLopezExtra
A leading producer of reality programming who has made a significant impact on the genre, Fleiss is perhaps best known as the creator and executive producer of The Bachelor franchise of hit relationship shows. The flagship program, The Bachelor, was recently renewed for a 16th season and will debut in early 2012. The Bachelorette is currently in its seventh season, and the second season of Bachelor Pad debuts later this summer. In his career, Fleiss has created over three dozen series and has been responsible for over 400 hours of primetime television, with credits ranging from Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? to High School Reunion, Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed and many more.
In addition to his work in television, Fleiss is also a successful filmmaker. Most recently, he co-directed the documentary God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and for which he received a Best New Director nomination. He is also a producer of the upcoming Shark Night 3D. Previously, Fleiss produced the remake of the classic feature film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, as well as Poseidon — for Warner Bros. Pictures — and the Hostel movies.
In 2011, Fleiss was awarded the Reality Rocks Humanitarian Award, presented to an individual who not only continues to make significant contributions to the genre of reality and lifestyle programming, but strives for the betterment of society through outstanding humanitarian endeavors. He was recognized for his generous contributions and charitable efforts which have had a tremendous impact on society, including his work with “The Bachelor Gives Back,” which supports various nonprofit organizations that enrich and empower communities around the world where we work, live and travel. He also actively supports the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches.
About Warner Horizon Television
Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this second production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. WHTV’s current unscripted series are The Voice for NBC, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad and the upcoming Take the Money and Run for ABC, H8R for The CW and Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew for MTV. Scripted programs from WHTV are Rizzoli & Isles and Memphis Beat for TNT, as well as Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game for ABC Family.