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Hill, Roush to Judge TV Guide’s America’s Next Producer

TV Guide Channel lined up David Hill, chairman of the Fox Sports Television Group, and TV Guide critic Matt Roush as resident judges for its new reality show, America’s Next Producer, along with Ananda Lewis as its host.

Rounding out the three-judge panel each week will be a celebrity guest.

Lewis is an award-winning broadcast personality whose years on-air with BET, MTV and The Ananda Lewis Show earned her recognition from her peers and a worldwide fan base.

Hill is chairman and CEO of the Fox Sports Television Group and is also executive producer of Fox Sports. In 1996, he helped to launch what is now FSN. He also was charged with making over Fox Television Network in 1997, overseeing programming, marketing, advertising sales and business affairs. Under his stewardship, the network launched Ally McBeal, That 70s Show, King of the Hill and Family Guy. Hill has won more than 70 Emmy Awards.

Roush will bring his vast knowledge of television and humor to the judging panel. He is the senior television critic for TV Guide magazine and TVGuide.com.

Each week, America’s Next Producer will feature a guest celebrity judge who will participate on the judging panel by offering their expertise on the episode’s producer challenge. The celebrity judge will have a background relating to that week’s challenge and will offer expert insight and commentary on how each of the contestants fared in their quest for the winning title.

America’s Next Producer will give a group of television producers the chance to prove they have what it takes to create the next generation of TV hits. Contestants will be judged on their ability to create and execute compelling TV concepts in a variety of genres from scripted to reality. Contestants will compete each week to survive elimination rounds, and the winner will receive the ultimate TV-producer prize package: $100,000 in cash, a production office in Hollywood and a first-look deal with TV Guide Channel.