“Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” executive producer Harry Friedman has earned a Guinness World Records title for the most game show episodes produced, having produced 11,128 installments at the time of adjudication on March 31, 2016 — a number that has only risen since then.
“I’m incredibly honored to have set a new world record certified by Guinness World Records,” said Friedman in a statement. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to have enjoyed such a rewarding career in television.”
Get an exclusive sneak peek of Friedman receiving his title below.
“If you plan to be a producer, study your subject as a viewer and then you’ll have a better understanding of what it takes to make it happen,” Friedman advises in the video. “It’s a career that one can only dream of having.”
Friedman became a producer on “Wheel of Fortune” in 1995, adding producer responsibilities for “Jeopardy!” in 1997. His record encompasses his work on thousands of episodes for the two shows, in addition to “Jeopardy!” spinoffs “Rock & Roll Jeopardy!” (which aired on VH1 from 1998-2001), and “Jep!” (which aired on Game Show Network from 1998-2000). His record also includes episodes of shows he produced prior to joining “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” including “Hollywood Squares,” “The New Hollywood Squares,” “Personals,” and “Caesar’s Challenge.”
The prolific producer has previously set two other Guinness World Records — Most Emmy Award nominations for a game show producer, and Most Emmy Award wins by a game show producer.
“Wheel” has been the number one syndicated game show since its debut, earning seven Emmys and drawing more than 30 million viewers per week. “Jeopardy!” is currently in its 32nd season in syndication and draws 26 million viewers each week. “Jeopardy!” show holds the Guinness World Records title for most Emmy Awards won by a TV game show, having earned 33 to date, and the series was also the recipient of the inaugural Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Writing for a Quiz and Audience Participation Show, in addition to winning a 2011 Peabody Award. Both shows are produced by Sony Pictures Television and distributed by CBS Television Distribution domestically, and internationally by CBS Studios International.