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'The Dr. Oz Show' Names 'Core Team Oz'

Sony Pictures Television - 09/08/2009

"The Dr. Oz Show," hosted by the popular and trusted health expert Dr. Mehmet Oz, today revealed some members of "Core Team Oz," its group of key guest contributors for its premiere season. Tim Gunn, fashion and style expert from "Project Runway," fitness specialist and "The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper and former NFL player Eddie George and his wife Taj of "Survivor," will appear in multiple segments throughout the first season of "The Dr. Oz Show." Each contributor will provide inspiration, encouragement and advice in each of their areas of expertise. "The Dr. Oz Show" is an hour-long, daily syndicated series that premieres on September 14. It is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT.

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"Each one of these contributors brings a unique perspective on achieving optimal health," said Dr. Oz. "They have proven track records in inspiring others not only to realize their potential and self worth, but also to improve their lives. Body image, sports discipline and fitness are all incorporated into the show to help viewers fulfill their personal best."

Gunn is the chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., mentor and co-host of the popular fashion reality series "Project Runway" and "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style." Gunn will bring his fashion expertise and words of encouragement as he works with real people to help them feel their most beautiful and stylish, inside and out.

As a trainer for the inspirational weight loss reality series "The Biggest Loser," Bob Harper is one of the leading fitness experts in the country. With his trademark brand of fitness and nutritional integration that leads to lasting lifestyle transformations, Harper will help motivate and enrich viewer's lives, nutritionally, emotionally and physically.

Heisman Trophy winner and former Tennessee Titan running back Eddie George has been associated with the Professional Football Players Mothers Association for years, helping them define a path to better health. His wife Taj George is a pop singer, formerly of the group "SWV," and a fan favorite in the most recent season of Survivor (Survivor: Tocantins). Together Eddie and Taj will help inspire families and moms to challenge themselves to attain a healthier and better life.

"The Dr. Oz Show" is an entertaining, high octane, multi topic hour hosted by Dr. Oz, vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 250 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.

"The Dr. Oz Show" is executive produced by Mindy Borman; Amy Chiaro is co-executive producer, and has been cleared in 100 of the top 100 markets in over 99% of the country. The show is filmed in front of a studio audience in Studio 6A in New York's legendary Rockefeller Center. "The Dr. Oz Show" is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT.

ABOUT HARPO

Harpo Productions, Inc. produces the number-one-rated, award-winning, The Oprah Winfrey Show, creates and develops original TV programming for primetime, syndication and cable television and operates Oprah.com (www.oprah.com), a premier lifestyle website. Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication. Harpo Films is dedicated to high-quality scripted dramatic programming. Harpo Radio, Inc. produces Oprah Radio (XM channel 156, Sirius channel 195 as part of its "Best of XM" package) on Sirius XM Radio. A joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a multiplatform company, will debut in 2010 in more than 70 million homes on what is currently the Discovery Health Channel.

ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION

Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leading producer of local language scripted and non-scripted programming. SPT also sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio, which includes branded networks AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, and Animax, is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 119 channel feeds available in more than 130 countries, reaching almost 400 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT is a part owner of cable channel GSN, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States, and for Sony Music Entertainment. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

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