Jeopardy producer receives Guinness World Record for 11,128 game show episodes
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.