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KING OF THE NERDS PRODUCTION BIOS

Production Bios

Craig Armstrong
Executive Producer

Craig Armstrong began his entertainment career in comedy in 1988, producing and directing hundreds of short comedy films forvarious television shows and films, including The Jenny McCarthy Show for MTV and Mr. Show with Bob and David for HBO. He moved from comedy to network reality programming with the breakthrough series Rescue 911 and Sightings, which he produced for Paramount Pictures.

In 2000, Armstrong met Mark Burnett on USA's Combat Missions. After that successful series, Burnett asked Armstrong to be the co-executive producer of the blockbuster series Survivor. Four seasons and three Emmy® nominations later. he made the move up to executive producer of the Emmy-nominated reality series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He then signed a two-year overall deal with ABC. While at that network, he created, developed and executive-produced three seasons of the American version of the hit family series Supernanny and the pilot Extreme Makeover: Wedding Edition.

After his successful run with ABC, Armstrong went on to develop and executive-produce the summer sensation Age of Love for NBC Universal. He also joined forces with British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for the ABC series Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, winning the primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Reality TV Series. The second season of the series also earned a primetime Emmy® nomination.

As CEO and Co-Founder of 5x5 Media, Armstrong continues to have success in the reality space, developing shows such as The Hero (TNT) with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Fashion Star (NBC), Bet on Your Baby (ABC) and King of the Nerds (TBS). There are also promising new projects on the horizon including another show with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for TNT titled Wake Up Call as well as NBC's Weight for Love.

5x5 Media is currently in a distribution deal with Warner Bros. in which Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will handle worldwide distribution of all 5x5 programming and Warner Bros. International Television Production will handle format rights sales.

 

Curtis Armstrong
Host/Executive Producer

Curtis Armstrong made his film debut as Tom Cruise's best friend in Risky Business and went on to appear in nearly 50 films, including Revenge of the Nerds, Better off Dead, Dodgeball, Akeelah and the Bee, Ray and Sparkle.

Armstrong has also appeared in many stage and television productions and is well known for recurring roles on Supernatural, New Girl, The Closer, Boston Legal and The Game, as well as a memorable series regular role on ABC's Moonlighting as Herbert Viola, opposite Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. His numerous guest appearances include Scandal, Rules of Engagement, Hot in Cleveland, House M.D., Curb Your Enthusiasm, Grey's Anatomy and C.S.I. As a voice actor, he can be heard as a series regular on FOX's American Dad, Nickelodeon's Robot and Monster and as the ever-irritated Dan in The Hub's Dan Vs.

A Detroit native, Armstrong graduated from Oakland University's Academy of Dramatic Art in Michigan. He co-founded Ann Arbor's Roadside Attractions, which later moved to Detroit as the Attic Theatre.  

Additionally, Armstrong is an ardent bibliophile (read: nerd) who collects – and occasionally writes – articles about authors such as P. G. Wodehouse, Washington Irving and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

Anthony Carbone
Executive Producer

Anthony Carbone is an Emmy® Award-winning producer (Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution) who has worked in television for over 16 years. His work has appeared on all the major networks and includes game shows (Bet on Your Baby, 1 vs 100), reality competitions (American Gladiators, The Hero), live singing competitions (Duets) and reality docu-series (Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Wake Up Call). 

Carbone started his career as an editor, working on early seasons of Fear Factor and The Bachelor. Over the next several years, he started producing his own episodes for several of the shows he was editing. He made the transition to producing shortly thereafter.

This is his third season producing King of the Nerds. He is glad that his love of Doctor Who, sci-fi novels and video games is finally paying off. 

 

Robert Carradine
Host/Executive Producer

Robert Carradine is one of Hollywood's busiest actors and is host and executive producer for TBS's King of the Nerds. He appeared on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and was last seen with Tom Selleck in Jesse Stone for CBS. In addition to shooting the Hallmark Channel's Jane Doe, making the feature film, Deep Winter in Utah and appearing in the national tour of the award-winning play The Exonerated, he has lately kept busy with some notable performances in several independent films, including a standout turn opposite Ryan O'Neal in Slumber Party Slaughter. Carradine was seen on a daily basis as bemused dad to Hilary Duff in the highly successful Lizzie McGuire TV series and movie. Over his 38-year career as an actor, writer, producer and director, he has more than 100 film, television and theatre credits to his name. In 1984, Robert Carradine became a household name and icon to millions of teenagers and 20-somethings when he perfected the role of Lewis Skolnick in the four-film Revenge of the Nerds comedy franchise, including the original blockbuster and Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love, which earned him a co-producing credit.

Carradine's film debut came in 1972, when he starred alongside John Wayne in The Cowboys. Later he appeared in notable features such as Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, Hal Ashby's Oscar-winning Coming Home, Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One, Walter Hill's The Long Riders and John Carpenter's Escape from LA, Body Bags and The Ghosts of Mars. He has also appeared in numerous television films, including Monte Walsh, with Tom Selleck; Mom's Got a Date with a Vampire; Stephen King's The Tommyknockers; the critically acclaimed The Trial of the Chicago Eight; Double Crossed, with Dennis Hopper; and Showtime's As Is, for which he earned a CableACE nomination. Carradine enjoyed a recurring role as Dr. Bruce Hartman in Nash Bridges and has a long list of guest-star credits on such TV hits as Law & Order, The Practice, ER, Kung Fu, NYPD Blue, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Pretender and The Twilight Zone.

Carradine was literally born into acting as the youngest son of legendary character actor John Carradine. A dynasty was born with brothers Keith and David, niece Martha Plimpton and daughter Ever Carradine. In his spare time, Carradine races cars and plays the guitar professionally.

 

Chris Grant
Executive Producer

Chris Grant is CEO of Electus, the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof and produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world. Grant joined Electus in November 2011 and is responsible for overseeing the company's growth across global and domestic TV, digital and branded entertainment. Electus is currently in production on several new series that Chris is executive producing including Marco Polo for Netflix, Wake Up Call starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for TNT, a series with Dog the Bounty Hunter for CMT, Running Wild with Bear Grylls and Food Fighters on NBC, House of DVF on E! Entertainment and Southern Justice for National Geographic Channel, as well as various other series and pilots across broadcast and cable networks.

Grant previously served as president of Shine International, the global sales and distribution arm responsible for distributing programming from the Shine Group companies, including Reveille, Kudos, Dragonfly, Princess Productions, Brown Eyed Boy, Shine TV, Shine France, Shine Germany and Shine Australia as well as Metronome, the Nordic region's leading production group. Since launching the company in February 2008, Grant propelled Shine International to become one of the world's top television distributors, ranking number six in Broadcast's Annual Distributor's Survey. Grant was a leader in exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats, while managing the creative, casting and storyline processes of formats sold for international production. He transformed formats including MasterChef, The Biggest Loser, The Moment of Truth and Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? into truly global television brands.

Prior to founding Shine International, Grant served as a Managing Director of independent studio Reveille, overseeing the company's International Distribution and Creative Affairs division, where he was responsible for distributing all of Universal Television Group's formats overseas. Reveille is known for popular, award-winning series including The Biggest Loser, The Office and Ugly Betty. Grant joined Reveille when it was formed in 2002 after working at the William Morris Agency. 

Grant currently serves as Co-Chair of the NATPE Board of Directors. For the past six years, he has served as a mentor for Fulfilment Fund, which provides low-income students with the support necessary to graduate from high school and attend college. Grant graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and lives in Los Angeles, California.

 

Rick Ringbakk
Executive Producer

Rick Ringbakk is an Emmy®-winning show creator, executive producer and director. He has spent the last 20 years producing series, specials and events that span the globe. His passion for adventure and real human stories has led him to film in more than 60 countries on six continents.

Ringbakk's focus is unscripted television and includes mainstream reality, the Olympics, wildlife documentaries, and live performance series. In 2003 and 2004, he won primetime Emmys for his work producing the acclaimed series The Amazing Race. He has been nominated twice for the Producer's Guild of America's prestigious Producer of the Year award.

Over the course of his career, Ringbakk has produced more than 500 hours of television for CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, TNT, TBS, CW, MTV, Discovery Channel and others.

Ringbakk is the CEO and Co-Founder of 5x5 Media where he continues to develop top tier reality programming including The Hero (TNT) with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; Fashion Star (NBC); Bet on Your Baby (ABC); and King of the Nerds (TBS). There are also promising new projects on the horizon, including another show with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for TNT titled Wake Up Call and NBC's Weight for Love.

5x5 Media is currently in a distribution deal with Warner Bros. in which Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will handle worldwide distribution of all 5x5 programming and Warner Bros. International Television Production will handle format rights sales.

 

Ben Silverman
Executive Producer

Ben Silverman, the Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning show creator and media executive, is Founder and Chairman of Electus, a next generation studio. The company was launched in July 2009, in partnership with IAC, a leading Internet and media company chaired by Barry Diller.

Since Electus' inception, Silverman has executive produced major network and cable hits, including NBC's transformative TV commerce show Fashion Star, the VH-1 hit Mob Wives franchise, King Of The Nerds for TBS and Bet On Your Baby for ABC. Additionally, Electus is currently in production on several new series that Ben is executive producing including Marco Polo for Netflix, Wake Up Call starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for TNT, a series with Dog the Bounty Hunter for CMT, Get Out Alive: with Bear Grylls on NBC, the re-invention of Candid Camera for TV Land, the Jane The Virgin telenovela on The CW and the feature film Hands Of Stone, the biopic of Robert Duran starring Robert De Niro, Usher and Edgar Ramirez, as well as various other series and pilots across broadcast and cable networks. Silverman recently received the 2014 Award of Excellence in Digital Innovation at the Banff World Media Festival, as well as the 2014 TJ Martell Foundation's Entertainment Achievement Award.

Prior to launching Electus, Silverman served as Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios from June 2007 to 2009.

As Founder and former CEO of Reveille, Silverman is executive producer of the Emmy® Award-winning NBC comedy The Office and the Golden Globe®-winning comedy Ugly Betty, co-creator and executive producer of the hit NBC reality show The Biggest Loser as well as co-creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed The Tudors for Showtime.

Silverman serves on numerous charitable boards, including Best Buddies and Cedar Sinai Hospital. As an agent at William Morris Agency, he ran the international division, where he pioneered the format business, packaging such shows as Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Big Brother.

 

Charles Wachter
Executive Producer

Charles Wachter is an Executive Producer with 12 years of experience producing a wide array of reality, variety and documentary series for both network and cable. Wachter has produced more than 150 hours of television, from medical, military and celeb-reality series to high concept formats like MTV's The Phone, NBC's American Gladiators and Fashion Star and ABC's Duets and Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (for which he won a 2010 Primetime Emmy®, followed by another nomination in 2012).

As Chief Creative Officer and Partner at 5x5 Media, Wachter has produced diverse projects such as Bet on Your Baby (ABC), King of the Nerds (TBS), The Hero (TNT) and the new series Wake Up Call (TNT), as well as NBC's Weight for Love.

A graduate of Yale University and New York University's Graduate Film program, Wachter has the unique ability not only to create compelling television from start to finish, but also to understand the business opportunities presented by the rapidly shifting.