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Denise Cramsey is an Emmy Award-winning television developer and producer, responsible for creating original programming for broadcast and cable networks as well as for the Internet. She is executive producer on NBC's School Pride, which follows the renovations of deteriorating schools in various cities, while at the same time revitalizing the community, and encouraging student pride and academic improvement.
Cramsey also produced the award-winning documentary "Expedition Inspiration," which is making the film festival rounds this season. "Expedition Inspiration" is her first documentary feature.
Cramsey created and ran the primetime reality comedy series "True Beauty," alongside Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher, which premiered its second season this summer. Earlier this year, she executive produced a special with Jeff Probst called "Live for the Moment." She adapted the Belgian format "Back in Wedding Shape" as a pilot for the OWN network, and she created and produced a web series called "UDECIDE," which is a "People's Court" for the Internet.
Cramsey began her television career by working on a variety of programming for TLC in Philadelphia, including "Medical Detectives," "A Baby Story," and "A Wedding Story." Her impressive track record with TLC led her to take the helm of one of the most successful cable programs in recent history, "Trading Spaces," for over 100 episodes.
A lifelong Philadelphia, Pennsylvania resident, Cramsey took the plunge and moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to continue working in the burgeoning world of reality television programming. She created and executive produced USA's "House Wars" series in 2003, which led her to an overall deal with Universal Domestic Television, where she oversaw production on its syndicated pilot "Home Delivery."
In 2004, Cramsey teamed up with Stuart Krasnow for the cult hit "Manhunt" with Carmen Electra, which was one of the first new series in Bravo's new lineup after having been acquired by NBC/Universal. In 2004, she joined the executive staff of the juggernaut Sunday night success "Extreme Makeover – Home Edition," rising to the show runner position in 2006.
By helping to make other people's dream homes a reality, Cramsey has enjoyed four Emmy nominations, two Emmy wins, and a Producers' Guild Nomination. In her career, she has earned seven Emmy nominations, two Producers Guild nominations, one People's Choice Award, and one CableACE nomination.
Cramsey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, with a dual degree in journalism and economics. In addition to reality television, she's a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoys hiking and mountain climbing. Her greatest personal accomplishment is making the summit of Kala Pattar in Nepal – an altitude of 18,500 feet.