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    J.D. Roth and Todd Nelson
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    JD Roth and Todd Nelson
    CEOs, 3 Ball Productions

    The pair, who began working together two decades ago on the hit kids show Fun House, hosted by Roth, have been busy growing their weightloss empire with such series as ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and MTV’s I Used to Be Fat. “This year we’ll do over 200 hours of transformation TV,” says Roth, 44.

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    Nelson and Roth’s Redondo Beach-based 3 Ball Productions ventures outside of the genre as well, with projects like Spike’s Bar Rescue, Discovery’s Flying Wild Alaska and CMT’s Texas Women. The year has had hiccups, too, with Roth and Nelson, 45, no longer involved day to day with NBC’s long-running The Biggest Loser and their daytime effort The Revolution canceled in April.

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    “We tried to serve too many masters,” Roth says of the latter’s demise. The best friends live six doors apart in Manhattan Beach, where their wives and kids spend much of their time together.

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