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For Studio Lambert, CBS' Undercover Boss is the gift that keeps on giving. It debuted after the 2010 Super Bowl and became the TV season's No. 1 new show and is holding strong in its second season -- averaging 11.9 million viewers, good enough to best CBS's The Amazing Race. "It's almost a fairy tale in terms of how quickly it worked and how successful it is," Stephen Lambert says of the show, which was picked up for a third season in March. Lambert, who is married to The Guardian and London Evening Standard writer Jenni Russell, finds himself moving up on this year's list (Eli Holzman joins him this year) from No. 31 as a result of Boss. The way Holzman sees it, Boss has afforded the stateside arm of Studio Lambert the opportunity to grow quickly -- from new programming it is pushing to its new hires. The company has development deals at Oxygen, Style, Spike, Animal Planet and E!; it also has pilots or series at CBS, AMC, OWN, Lifetime, TruTV, VH1, WEtv and A&E. Despite busy schedules, London-based Lambert (who created the U.K. Secret Millionaire) and Holzman, who resides in L.A., have found time for a little R&R -- hitting the ski slopes in Park City during the Sundance Film Festival, where Studio Lambert's financial-crisis documentary The Flaw had its North American debut. Holzman has kept himself busy with his burgeoning food-centric business: He's a partner in New York City hotspot eatery, The Meatball Shop, and is the creator of Q-Bees, a new, Rice Krispies-like treat that is filled with ice cream and sold at Whole Foods Markets.
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