Bob Stewart (television producer) : biography
Bob Stewart (August 27, 1920 – May 4, 2012), born Isidore L. Steinberg, was an American television game show producer. He was active in the TV industry from 1956 until his retirement in 1991.
Stewart is known for creating some of the most popular game shows for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions. These shows include To Tell the Truth, Password, and The Price Is Right. His biggest success as an independent producer was the Pyramid series, starting with The $10,000 Pyramid in 1973.
The Price Is Right, created by Stewart, is the only game show to be seen nationally in either first-run network or syndication airings in the US in every decade from the 1950s onward.
In the mid-1980s, Stewart began winding down his career, and his son, Sande, gradually took over operations, with all shows after 1987 being known under Bob Stewart & Sande Stewart Productions. In 1990, the company was renamed Stewart Tele-Enterprises. Bob Stewart would fully retire in 1991 after the second run of The $100,000 Pyramid was cancelled, with Sande taking over full operations. Sande later produced some game shows on his own, including Your Number's Up, which went up against the elder Bob Stewart's Pyramid, Remember This?, Sports on Tap, Inquizition, Hollywood Showdown, Missouri Lottery Fun & Fortune, The Oklahoma Lottery Game Show and Powerball Instant Millionaire.
Stewart Tele-Enterprises was sold to Sony Pictures Entertainment in 1994, and many of Bob Stewart's creations air frequently on GSN. Stewart himself participated in panels and special events related to quiz shows, including the annual Game Show Congress gatherings in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
While Stewart was not an active producer since 1991, he served as a Creative Consultant in his son's new production company, Stewart Television, and was listed on the official website as Stewart Television's founder.
Until 2006, Stewart held a record for the most Daytime Emmy Awards in game show production. The record was broken by Harry Friedman, who serves as Executive Producer of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!.
In 2010, Stewart was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame for his contributions to television and its evolution.
Stewart was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jacob and Dora Steinberg, who were immigrants from Russia.
During World War II, Stewart served in the Air Force. After his 1946 discharge, he enrolled in a radio-writing course. Within weeks, his instructor hired him to work at a New York City radio station.
Bob Stewart Productions
Before Price's cancellation in 1965, Stewart left Goodson-Todman to set out on his own in 1964, forming Bob Stewart Productions. His first network game as an independent producer, the memory game Eye Guess, aired on NBC daytime from January 3, 1966 to September 26, 1969, and featured close friend Bill Cullen, who had emceed Price, as host.
Stewart's next entry, the CBS primetime celebrity game show The Face Is Familiar with host Jack Whitaker, ran from May 7 to September 3, 1966. Another Stewart celebrity game, Personality (hosted by Larry Blyden), aired on NBC from 1967-1969. Completing the decade for the packager was the short-lived You're Putting Me On, hosted first by Bill Leyden and later by Blyden, which ran from September–December 1969.
Other than Eye Guess, Stewart's other moderate early success was Three on a Match, hosted by Cullen, which aired on NBC from August 2, 1971 to June 28, 1974.
Stewart's biggest success with his own production company, Basada, Inc. (named after his sons Barry, Sande, and David), and one of TV's most honored and popular game shows, was Pyramid, originally hosted by Dick Clark, which, like Password, was a word-association game. Its March 26, 1973, premiere on CBS marked the biggest possible cash payoff on a quiz show since the short-lived 100 Grand in September 1963.
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