via press release:
MATT ROGERS (“AMERICAN IDOL”) TO HOST NEW USA NETWORK COMPETITION REALITY SERIES “SUMMER CAMP”
High-Octane Series From “Big Brother” Producers Sends Adults Back To Camp
For The Thrill Of Their Lives
SUMMER CAMP set to premiere Thursday, July 11 at 8/7c on USA
NEW YORK – May 21, 2013 – USA announced today that Matt Rogers, a former “American Idol” finalist and seasoned on-air talent, will be the host of the network’s new competition reality series, SUMMER CAMP. The eight episode one-hour series will premiere on Thursday, July 11 at 8/7c on USA.
“A reality TV veteran, Matt brings a relatiblity and an energy that is a perfect fit for this fun-filled summer competition series,” said Heather Olander, senior vice president, alternative programming for USA Network. “As a former camper himself, we are excited to see Matt relive the experience all over again alongside this incredible group of characters.”
From Emmy®-Award winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan (“Big Brother”) and Fly on the Wall Entertainment and distributed by Sony Pictures Television, this escapist series sends die-hard campers back to the most cherished place of their youth for the thrill of a lifetime. In SUMMER CAMP, viewers will meet an eclectic group of 16 adults from all walks of life – from the fanatic hunter to the former nerd-turned-supermodel to the vegan yoga instructor. Campers will pack their bags and head to an idyllic lakeside retreat in Big Bear, California, where they will indulge in over-the-top competitions inspired by classic camp games. At the end of the summer, the remaining competitors face off in the “Campathalon,” an ultimate Olympic style event.
An accomplished television talent, Rogers was the former host of GSN’s “Beat the Chefs,” Discovery Channel’s “Really Big Things,” CBS’s “There Goes the Neighborhood”and Lifetime’s “Coming Home,” for which he also wrote and performed the theme song titled “I’m Coming Home.” Rogers continues his music career performing as “Rogers & Bos.” He received a B.A in Business Communications from the University of Washington, where he played college football as an offensive lineman for their 2001 Rose Bowl championship team. Rogers is repped by APA, Untitled Entertainment and Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light LLP.
Fly On The Wall Entertainment is headed by Emmy® Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. The pair have overseen one of the most popular reality franchises on broadcast television, CBS’ “Big Brother,” going into its 15th season this summer. From competition to documentaries and docu-series, they have developed, created, and produced hundreds of hours of unscripted programming including the recent “Big Rich” franchise for Style Network.
The #1 network in all of basic cable for seven consecutive years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes. USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events. Viewers come to USA to find television’s best in critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 13 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 33 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE’s premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation.