Susan Stafford, former companion of the late gameshow producer Dan Enright, has formed Stafford/Enright Prods., a new production company — staffed by a number of former Enright associates — that will develop game shows, series and longform programming, including a half-dozen projects initiated prior to the producer’s death last May.
The new venture is unrelated to Barry & Enright Prods., the company Enright initiated with partner Jack Barry in 1947 and maintained under the same name after Barry’s death in 1984.
Stafford will serve as CEO, with former Barry & Enright employees Gary Jonke and Danny Heller heading gameshow development and Scott DeShong supervising reality programming along with Stafford.
According to the company, it has also acquired Enright’s interest in Intertelespan, a Spanish-language game and audience-participation show distributor that now becomes a division of Stafford/Enright. Frank Torres, Enright’s partner in that venture, will be president of the unit.
Stafford/Enright didn’t specify what Barry & Enright properties it would be developing or whether it would have rights to existing B&E series, which include such franchises as “The Joker’s Wild,””Concentration” and “Tic Tac Dough.” The company said it will have further announcements at next week’s NATPE convention.
Enright’s son, Don, remains an independent producer in association with partner Les Alexander. The trio collaborated on the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “Caroline?” for CBS and features “Next of Kin” and “Making Mr. Right.”
Enright died May 22 at the age of 74.