Howie Mandel As New Judge on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT


[Press Release - Released by NBC]


NBC ANNOUNCES HOWIE MANDEL ('DEAL OR NO DEAL') AS NEW JUDGE ON TOP-RATED SUMMER SERIES 'AMERICA'S GOT TALENT'


Mandel Will Join Returning Judges Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan Along with Nick Cannon as Host


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - January 10, 2010 -- Howie Mandel ("Deal or No Deal") will join NBC's hit summer series "America's Got Talent" as a new judge when the competition reality program returns for its fifth season this summer. Mandel will join returning judges Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan along with host Nick Cannon.


In addition to serving as a judge on "America's Got Talent," Mandel has a larger overall first-look deal with NBC and he will continue to produce projects via his production company, Alevy Productions.


The announcement was made today by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.


"Howie is one of America's favorite entertainers and his sense of humor and energy are irrepressible," said Telegdy. "He's passionate about new talent and his years of experience across a variety of disciplines in entertainment, not to mention the fact that he headlines and performs in Vegas all the time, will bring new depth to our panel. He will be a real asset to our contestants and help them take their talents to the next level. We are thrilled to have him join Sharon and Piers and are sure that sparks will fly!"


"We're thrilled to have Howie join the show," said executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz. "He's an extraordinary, multi-faceted talent whose success story spans the gauntlet of all things entertainment. He will no doubt bring a dynamic, poignant and entertaining perspective to the judging panel that is all his own."


"I'm very excited about the opportunity to be a part of 'America's Got Talent' and for my production company to continue working with NBC Universal - but then again who am I to judge," said Mandel.


Mandel's versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, ranging from television to film and stage. Mandel's experience includes hosting the primetime network and syndicated versions of the hit game show "Deal or No Deal," working on the Emmy Award-winning "St. Elsewhere" and extends to international markets with his Emmy-nominated "Bobby's World."


In addition, Mandel has done numerous comedy specials over the years both on cable and network television. He also hosted his own syndicated talk show "The Howie Mandel Show," executive-produced the series "Howie Do It" and continues to be a mainstay on the talk-show circuit. He also performs as many as 200 concerts a year throughout the United States and Canada. Most recently his memoir, "Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me," has been on the New York Times bestseller list for four consecutive weeks.


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