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    Michael Davies
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    Michael Davies
    President, Embassy Row

    With a portfolio including such shows as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Glee Project and CBS’ upcoming The Job, it’s no surprise “versatile” is a term
    frequently used to describe Davies and his Sony-owned Embassy Row production company. But the British producer, who shuttles back and forth between Los Angeles and New York with regularity, says he’d been dabbling across genres — sports, comedy, game shows, talk, movies, commercials — for years before Millionaire struck big and he was suddenly dubbed “the game show guy.”

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    In the years since, the former ABC and Buena Vista Productions executive has continued to broaden, pushing into documentaries (The Tillman Story), late-night
    (Watch What Happens Live) and more personality-driven fare (Kathy Griffin’s eponymous talk show). “The fact is that I built my whole career on doing everything,” says Davies, 46, who played an integral role in series including Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show and Comedy Central’s Win Ben Stein’s Money.

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    Off-duty, the self-proclaimed sports nut who counts playing golf and devouring sporting events on TV among his hobbies hosts a twice-weekly SiriusXM radio show and podcast about soccer.

     
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