Production Information

SERIES PREMIERE: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 10 PM ET/PT

AIRS: Thursdays at 10/9C

PREMISE: USA Network's original grassroots talent search to find the next country music superstar.

HOST: Jewel

CO-HOST: Cowboy Troy

JUDGES: Randy Owen, Blake Shelton & Anastasia Brown

EXEC. PRODUCERS: Ben Silverman, H.T. Owens, Jeff Boggs

PRODUCER: Jon Small

PRODUCTION CO.: Reveille LLC

BEN SILVERMAN
Executive Producer

Ben Silverman serves as executive producer for Nashville Star, USA Network's original grassroots talent search to find the next country music superstar, which premieres its fifth season on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 10/9C on USA Network.

In March of 2002, Ben Silverman launched Reveille LLC.  Silverman serves as chief executive officer of this unique television production and distribution company.  With Reveille, Silverman co-created and executive produced the hit reality shows "The Biggest Loser" and "The Restaurant" for NBC as well as "Blow Out" on Bravo.  Silverman also serves as executive producer for NBC's upcoming comedy "The Office," based on the hit BBC series. Other projects include "Date My Mom" for MTV, "The Club" for Spike TV and the FX series "30 Days" created by Morgan Spurlock.  New programs in production include "Good Kharma" for TLC and "The Maloof Touch" for Spike TV.

In addition, Silverman redefined the paradigm in advertiser supplied programming by joining forces with media giant Interpublic Group to produce NBC's 2003 summer hit "The Restaurant" as well as Bravo's 2004 summer hit "Blow Out."  Both shows chronicle the life story of creating, launching and operating a business within a competitive market and were financed by context relevant advertisers. Other advertiser supplied Reveille productions include the recent Spike TV 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; as well as the upcoming "Untitled Dad Project" for NBC.

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.  While there, he also created an international packaging and corporate practice representing some of Europe's biggest broadcast and film media outlets.  In addition, he engineered the sales of such hit programs as 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."  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 also held posts at CBS and Warner Bros.  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.

H.T. OWENS
Co-Executive Producer

H.T. Owens is executive producer for Nashville Star, USA Network's original grassroots talent search series to find the next country music superstar,  which premieres its fifth season on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 10/9C on USA Network.

Owens also co-created the show and serves as senior vice president of creative affairs for Reveille, the television production and distribution company that created Nashville Star, and produces the series in association with PictureVision for USA Network.

Owens is co-creator and co-executive producer of Bravo's stylish series "Blow Out" and NBC's "The Restaurant," as well as serving as co-creator and co-executive producer on the first and second season of USA Network's hit show Nashville Star.   Nashville Star helped launch the careers of Billboard charts toppers Buddy Jewell and Brad Cotter.

Additional credits include NBC's "The Office: An American Workspace" and "The Biggest Loser" and MTV's "Date My Mom."  He also serves as executive producer for the upcoming cable series "30 Days" for FX.

Prior to Reveille, Owens was an agent in the corporate consulting and television packaging divisions at the William Morris Agency, representing television producers as well as top brands including Maxim Magazine, InStyle Magazine, and eBay.  Before William Morris, Owens served as managing partner in Outdoor Concepts, a privately, a privately held outdoor media company recently purchased by Titan Media/New York.

JEFF BOGGS
Executive Producer

Jeff Boggs serves as executive producer for Nashville Star, USA Network's original grassroots talent search series to find the next country music superstar,  which premieres its fifth season on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 10/9C on USA Network.

Previously, Boggs held an overall production deal with Endemol were he executive produced "Spy TV" (2001-2002) for NBC, FX Networks' "The People's Champions" as well as creating and executive producing pilots for various networks such as WB, Fox and ABC.

Prior to working with Endemol, Boggs was executive producer, writer and director for MTV's "The Tom Green Show" (1999-2000). In addition to producing reality television and talk show formats, Boggs has worked in the sports entertainment field including; producing ABC's "Monday Night Football" (1998-1999) and writing the on-air promos for ESPN's "ESPY Awards" in 1998.

Boggs began his career in entertainment as an assistant writer and writer on CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman" where he worked from 1995-1998.

JON SMALL
Producer

Jon Small serves as producer for Nashville Star, USA Network's original grassroots talent search to find the next country music superstar,  which premieres its fifth season on Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 10/9C on USA Network.

Small began his career as a drummer, performing on tour with such legendary artists as The Kinks, The Doobie Brothers, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel.  When Small made the switch from performer to director/producer, his company Picture Vision, with offices in New York and Nashville, quickly became a leading film production entity and today, sets the standard of innovation and creativity for the industry.

With 11 Emmy nominations to his credit, Small has produced and directed hundreds of music videos and numerous event-oriented and award-winning television specials.  His close working association with such performers as Garth Brooks, Jessica Simpson, Billy Joel, Toby Keith, Janet Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Sting, Rascal Flatts, Van Morrison, Faith Hill, Ray Charles, Lynyard Skynyrd and Keith Urban, has earned him the reputation of being a true musician's director and producer.

Among the numerous concert events Small produced is the HBO "Garth Brooks - Live From Central Park" Special which was the highest-rated HBO original program for the year and broke all attendance records in Central Park.  The concert received six Emmy nominations including Outstanding Musical Special.  Small also produced a successful sequence of Garth Brooks concerts for CBS, consisting of  three live TV specials, on three consecutive Wednesdays; as well as the Emmy-nominated "Garth Brooks: Ireland & Back" Special, a three-day event at Dublin's Croke Park Stadium.

Small has also directed several music videos including Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl," Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All," RUN DMC/Aerosmith "Walk This Way" and Garth Brooks' "The Red Strokes." At the 30th Annual Academy of County Music Awards telecast, two of Small's videos were included in the final five for the "Video of the Year" category. For the unprecedented two nominations for the same director, Small received awards for Best Video, Best Director and Best Producer.

Small produced several series for CMT including, "All Access," a one-hour live to air concert series, with such country greats as Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith.  Small also produced and directed "On The Verge," a series documenting the career development of artists on the verge of stardom, including Jamie O'Neil, Gary Allen, Keith Urban, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Trick Pony.

Small is a native New Yorker who currently resides in Nashville, TN.

REVEILLE LLC

Reveille is a leading independent production & distribution company focused on exploiting worldwide intellectual property rights through scripted and alternative television formats.  Launched in March of 2002 by Ben Silverman, former Head of International Packaging at the William Morris Agency, the company leverages its unique relationships with the top broadcasters and producers in the world to acquire, produce and distribute innovative entertainment programming across all television genres.  Reveille is also the world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers while developing alternative financing paradigms.

Reveille redefined the paradigm in advertiser supplied programming by joining forces with media giant Interpublic Group to produce the NBC hit "The Restaurant." The show was the real-life story of the creation, launch and operation of a new restaurant in downtown Manhattan and was entirely financed by context relevant advertisers American Express, Coors, and Mitsubishi.  The same model was used for the company's hit Bravo series "Blow Out," an unscripted drama chronicling the launch of celebrity hair stylist Jonathan Antin's Beverly Hills salon.  "Blow Out's" second season is currently in production. Other advertiser supplied Reveille productions include the recent Spike TV series "The Club," a look behind the scenes at Vegas nightlife.

The company is also in production on several more traditionally financed reality shows, including a second season of NBC's reality hit "The Biggest Loser."  Hosted by Caroline Rhea (Sabrina The Teenage Witch), the show challenges a group of overweight, unhealthy contestants to get back into shape the old fashioned way through diet and exercise.  Reveille's unconventional stab at the reality dating genre, "Date My Mom," began airing daily in November on MTV.  "Nashville Star," the search for the next country music superstar returns to USA Network for a third season in Spring 2005. Additionally, Reveille is currently in production on two new programs, "Good Kharma" for TLC and "The Maloof Touch" for Spike TV.

In the world of scripted television, Reveille produces the American version of the blockbuster hit UK comedy "The Office" for NBC, premiering in Spring 2005 on NBC.  Steve Carell ("Bruce Almighty," "The Daily Show") stars as the unlikeliest boss from hell in this hilarious non-traditional comedy overseen by Executive Producer Greg Daniels ("King of the Hill," "The Simpsons").

Alongside producing, Reveille distributes its television formats and non-traditional programming such as "The Biggest Loser" (NBC), "Blow Out" (Bravo) and "Date My Mom" (MTV) to a global network of broadcasters and producers.  This unit's strong success has resulted in its growth beyond originally only selling Reveille's own television formats to include those of NBC Universal Television Studio and several independent producers, including Renegade ("Blind Date") and RJ Cutler's Actual Reality ("The American Candidate").

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