Philip D. Segal is the CEO and Executive Producer of Original Productions (OP), a FremantleMedia company, a post he has held since November, 2012. As CEO, Segal merges a comprehensive and acclaimed career of achievements in creating, writing, directing and producing highly recognized projects for television. Fourteen Original Productions series are enjoyed by millions of followers on seven major US cable television networks, all under the purvue of Segal. He is Executive Producer of Emmy® nominated Ice Road Truckers and Ax Men, on History; Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? on National Geographic Channel, Bering Sea Gold, Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice on Discovery; Black Gold for truTV; Whisker Wars on IFC; Money Barn for Animal Planet; and American Hoggers; Storage Wars, Storage Wars: Texas, Storage Wars: New York for A&E .
Segal joined Original Productions in 2005 as President and Executive Producer. During his first seven years at Original Productions, Segal was responsible for integrating business, creative development and field production, and post-production entities for all scripted and non-scripted programming. Since then, the OP signature series Deadliest Catch on Discovery has been honored with eight Primetime Emmy® Awards including 2011’s Emmy® Award for Outstanding Reality Series.
Prior to joining Original Productions, Segal spent three years as Executive Vice President of Bunim-Murray Productions, creators and producers of MTV’s The Real World and E! Entertainment’s The Simple Life. Previously, as Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for Tribune Entertainment, Segal supervised more than 150 hours of scripted programming that encompassed Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Beastmaster, Mutant X, Earth: Final Conflict and Adventure, Inc.
Segal also ran Lakeshore Television, where he directed The Other Side of Monday, which won the “Best Director” Award from the New York International Film Festival. He wrote and directed Hobbs End, and developed Mission To Mars for ABC.
From 1990 to 1996, Segal was Executive Vice President of Amblin Television at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. He was responsible for the creation of Seaquest DSV starring Roy Scheider on NBC and Earth 2. Additionally, Segal oversaw production of the Stephen Hawking documentary A Brief History of Time, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. During his tenure at Amblin, Segal also worked with John Wells on the creation of the award winning television series ER on NBC.
Before joining Amblin, Segal was a programming executive at ABC Television for three seasons, where he oversaw some of the network’s most groundbreaking series, including thirtysomething, Twin Peaks, McGyver, Cop Rock with Steven Bochco and the award-winning series China Beach starring Dana Delaney
Segal began his multi-faceted industry career at Fenton Feinberg Casting, the ICM TV Literary Department training program and Columbia Pictures Television. A long-time fan of the BBC’s popular science fiction series Doctor Who, Segal was instrumental in creating and producing The Doctor’s eighth regeneration in the 1996 telemovie, Doctor Who, bringing back the BBC favorite. In 2000, he co-wrote a book about the production, titled Doctor Who: Regeneration.
Born in the United Kingdom, Segal was raised in Southern California and is a graduate of San Diego State University with a degree in Telecommunications. He is a sought after speaker at entertainment industry functions, as well as academic institutions including: The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Realscreen Summit, West Coast Documentary and Reality Conference (West Doc) and the University of Southern California (USC). Segal is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), a member of the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® Program Advisory Group and is on the Board of Directors of the prestigious Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado.
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