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Ben Silverman is the founder and CEO of Reveille, a leading independent production and distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats.
Silverman spearheads the company's efforts to leverage its unique relationships with the world's top broadcasters and producers to acquire, produce and distribute innovative entertainment programming across all television genres. Under his leadership, Reveille has become the world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers and developing alternative financing paradigms for the television business.
Silverman is the executive producer of NBC's Emmy Award-winning comedy hit "The Office," based on the hit BBC comedy. He also serves as executive producer of the comedy mega-hit "Ugly Betty," which debuted in Fall 2006. In addition, Silverman is the co-creator and executive producer of NBC's hit reality show "The Biggest Loser," USA Network's "Nashville Star" and "Blow Out" on Bravo, as well as executive producer of NBC's newest game show, "Identity." His other projects include "Date My Mom" and "Parental Control;" the successful, Producer Guild of America-nominated "30 Days," created by Oscar nominee Morgan Spurlock; the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV movie "9/11;" "House of Boateng" on Sundance Channel and the television series "Bound for Glory."
In 2003, Silverman redefined the paradigm in advertiser-supplied programming by joining forces with media giant Interpublic Group to produce "The Restaurant," followed by Bravo's "Blow Out" in 2004. Both shows chronicle the creation, launch and operation of a business within a competitive market and were fully financed by context relevant advertisers. Other advertiser-supplied Reveille productions include the recent series "The Club," a look behind the scenes at a Vegas nightlife hotspot featuring internationally renowned DJ Paul Oakenfold and financed in part by Allied Domecq.
Previously, Silverman was in charge of the international packaging division at the William Morris Agency (WMA), where he was the company's youngest division head. At WMA, he packaged more than 25 television series that encompassed some 500 produced episodes, including the game shows "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and "The Weakest Link," the reality show "Big Brother," and the one-hour drama series "Queer as Folk."
Silverman also led WMA's New York consulting branch, representing such brand names as Maxim, InStyle, eBay and Anheuser-Busch. In that arena, he focused on extending those well-known brands into alternative and traditional media outlets.
Prior to joining William Morris, Silverman was vice president for New World/Marvel Entertainment. In that position, he developed sitcoms, and – drawing on the one-of-a-kind library of Marvel Comics characters -- envisioned live-action projects for film and television. Previously, he held posts at CBS and Warner Bros.
Silverman is involved with multiple philanthropic endeavors, including Seeds of Peace, a group helping to foster peace among young people from adversarial cultures.
Silverman graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He lives in Santa Monica, California.