While watching contestants win big, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune executive producer Harry Friedman has been working up to his own victory: Friedman had produced more than 11,128 game show episodes, a feat recognized by Guinness World Records.
“The moment means a lot, especially when I look at this certificate and it has an actual number on it of 11,128,” says Friedman in a video of his record ceremony with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. “And that was as of March 31, so now it’s even higher. And we’ll keep going — at least for a while longer.”
In addition to working on Wheel of Fortune since 1995 and Jeopardy! since 1997, Friedman has produced episodes of cable spinoffs, including VH1’s Rock & Roll Jeopardy! and Game Show Network’s Jep!, plus Hollywood Squares, The New Hollywood Squares, and Caesars Challenge.
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The record gives Friedman his third Guinness title. He’s already claimed the record for most Emmy nominations of any game show producer thanks to a whopping 37 nods. He won 11 of those trophies — another record.
As for the secret to Friedman’s success, the power producer says preparation has been key. “If you plan to be a producer, study your subject so that you really learn it as a viewer,” he explains. “And then you’ll have a better understanding of what it takes to make it happen.
Watch Friedman react to the record in the video above.