CEO & Executive Producer
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” - Sir Winston Churchill
“I do not seek, I find!” - Pablo Picasso
“These are the two great philosophies, if you want to be a producer.” - Philip D. Segal
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 purview of Segal. He is Executive Producer of Emmy® nominated Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men and The Legend of Shelby The Swamp Man 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 ten Primetime Emmy® Awards including 2011’s Emmy® Award for Outstanding Reality Series.
Prior to joining Original Productions in 2005, Segal spent three years as Executive Vice President of Bunim-Murray Productions and as Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for Tribune Entertainment. From 1990 to 1996, Segal was Executive Vice President of Amblin Television at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Before joining Amblin, he was a programming executive at ABC Television.
Segal began his multi-faceted industry career at Fenton Feinberg Casting, the ICM TV Literary Department training program and Columbia Pictures Television. In the mid-1990’s he 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.
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 member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), is on the Board of Directors of the prestigious MountainFilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado, and has served as a member of the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® Program Advisory Group.
In May 2013, Segal was elected to the Board of Directors of My Friend’s Place (www.myfriendsplace.org), a non-profit organization that assists and inspires the homeless youth of Los Angeles.
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