Jeff Ruhe Named Executive Producer This Old House Productions
July 17, 2006, Jeff Ruhe has been named Executive Producer, This Old House Productions, Inc., a division of Time4 Media. The appointment, effective August 1, was announced by Time4 Entertainment President Paul Speaker.
Reporting to Speaker, Ruhe will be responsible for overseeing television production for the No. 1 multimedia home enthusiast brand This Old House, growing the franchise across new platforms and with new programming. Current shows include three national first-run and syndicated series: the original This Old House, enjoying an unprecedented, 27-year run as television’s most awarded home-improvement show, with 16 Emmy Awards and 75 nominations; Ask This Old House, the highest-rated new weekly series introduced on the PBS schedule in Fall 2002; and Inside This Old House, airing exclusively on A&E.
Ruhe, 54, has over 25 years of experience spanning broadcast network, syndication, cable programming and the Internet and has worked with leading broadcasting companies including ESPN, ABC Sports and ABC News, King World, and Cablevision. He was most recently President of American Adventure Productions (AAP), an independent production company, based in Aspen, Colorado, which produces high quality adventure, wildlife and family entertainment.
Previously in his career, Ruhe was Senior Vice President of ESPN Event Management where he developed and managed the X Games and the ESPY Awards. As SVP of ESPN’s international division, Ruhe contributed to ESPN’s brand expansion initiatives around the world.
Ruhe started out in the industry with an 11-year stint at ABC as a protégé of Roone Arledge. He held a variety of positions at ABC Sports, including Director of Olympic Programming, where he served as Coordinating Producer for three Olympic Games and won three Emmy Awards. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development, Ruhe resides in Darien, CT with his wife and two daughters.
“In addition to his broad experience and excellent track record, Jeff is the self-professed ‘world’s biggest fan’ of This Old House and has a true understanding of the brand’s unique DNA,” said Speaker. “With his help, we’re well positioned to take advantage of exciting cross media opportunities to deliver our expertise to the consumer when, where and how they need it.”
The longest running, most acclaimed home improvement series in television history, This Old House is the leading multimedia lifestyle brand offering homeowners trusted information and expert advice. Programming is produced by This Old House Productions, Inc. for This Old House Ventures, Inc. This Old House and Ask This Old House are presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.
This Old House Ventures inspires and informs more than 50 million adults each month about home improvement and renovation through award-winning television, a highly-regarded magazine, an information-driven Web site, DVD series and live events. This Old House Ventures, Inc. is a business of Time4 Media, a multi-media company whose enterprises include leading enthusiast magazines, Websites, television and radio programming, feature films, and events and exhibitions. Time4 Media is a subsidiary of Time Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.
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