Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and Funny Or Die Partner for Three-Week Summer Preview
March 11, 2019
LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK – Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and Funny Or Die will debut a three-week summer preview of Jerry O, a new entertainment talk/comedy show hosted by actor and TV personality Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Jerry Maguire, Stand by Me). Jerry O will feature specially produced Funny or Die comedy segments and debut on select FOX-owned stations beginning August 12th.
Debmar-Mercury and Funny Or Die, the entertainment brand and studio behind award-winning TV, branded and viral digital content, will co-produce the show, which will feature a mix of celebrity interviews and specially produced comedy segments from Funny Or Die.
Said Frank Cicha, Executive Vice President of Programming for FOX Television Stations, “I’m always willing to give a fellow NY Jets fan a shot.”
Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus commented, “We are big believers in trying new concepts and excited to once again be collaborating with our friends at FOX. We have come to know Jerry as a true talent whose infectious charisma and authenticity have made him a favorite of many daytime talk show fans, and we are so glad to provide him with this opportunity to shine.”
Funny Or Die CEO Mike Farah said, “Jerry is one of the all-time great guys. He's funny, smart and his energy is contagious. We're proud to collaborate with him and Debmar-Mercury, and think this is the perfect show for Funny Or Die’s first foray into daytime television!”
O’Connell said, “I love daytime. I love watching it and have fallen in love with guest-hosting it. Whether asking people to 'Cash Me Outside' or asking them 'How You Doin?', daytime is a big part of my life. I am thrilled to work with my friends at both Debmar-Mercury and Funny Or Die. I have been collaborating with both companies for years and am so excited to bring a little bit of the traditional – and something brand new – to the audience. This is going to be a fun, fun time and everyone is invited. Let’s party.”
Beginning his career at age 11 co-starring as Vern Tessio in Stand by Me, O’Connell later received critical acclaim for his role as quarterback Frank Cushman in Jerry Maguire. Most recently, the actor starred as the lead in WGN’s Carter and in The Death of Superman alongside his wife, Rebecca Romijn. O’Connell’s additional film credits include Scream 2, Can’t Hardly Wait, Mission to Mars, Tomcats, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced comedy Kangaroo Jack, Yours, Mine and Ours, Man About Town (alongside Ben Affleck), Obsessed (alongside Beyoncé), Piranha 3-D, as well as the big screen follow-up to the hit cult television series, Veronica Mars. In addition to his film work, O’Connell was recently seen on multiple hit television series including Scream Queens, Mistresses and Billions.
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Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company specializing in syndication, network, cable and ancillary markets, produces and distributes The Wendy Williams Show and, with co-producer Citylife Productions, Caught in Providence, returning for a second season in September 2019. It has U.S. distribution rights to Fremantle’s Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; off-Netflix episodes of BoJack Horseman from Michael Eisner’s privately held media and entertainment company, The Tornante Company; as well as U.S. distribution rights to Schitt’s Creek, the critically acclaimed half-hour, single-camera scripted comedy created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy that ranks as the No. 1 original series on Pop TV; the 10/90 sitcoms Debmar-Mercury pioneered including Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and the Debmar-Mercury / Lionsgate Television comedy Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen). Debmar-Mercury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next-generation audiences around the world.
About Funny Or Die
Funny Or Die is a premiere entertainment brand and comedy studio that creates award-winning comedy. Known for its celebrity driven and political content, Funny Or Die reaches a global audience of more than 60 million people, and is the #1 comedy brand on both Facebook and Twitter. Funny Or Die's Emmy Award-winning long-form division produces shows like the critically-acclaimed Brockmire for IFC, Emmy nominated Billy on the Street, the Peabody award-winning American Vandal for Netflix, the Emmy nominated Sarah Silverman series I Love You, America for Hulu, No Activity for CBS All Access and 600 episodes of the Emmy award-winning @midnight for Comedy Central. FOD also makes award-winning TV commercials and Branded Content for all verticals and many Fortune 500 Companies from soft drinks to automobiles and toilet paper.
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