Several months after they launched a reality production company together, Jay McGraw, Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay Bienstock and Eugene Young have set up several projects. “My father and I decided that we wanted to make a real effort to get in the broadcast space,” said Jay McGraw, executive producer with Phil McGraw of daytime syndicated talk show The Doctors, a spinoff of Phil McGraw’s Dr. Phil. The two teamed with veteran unscripted producers Bienstock and Young to form Ghost Mountain Prods. The idea behind the company is to “take things that work well in the daytime space but we think would work better in primetime and move those concepts to primetime,” Jay McGraw said.
Jay & Phil McGraw Set Up First Unscripted Projects Through New Company With Jay Bienstock & Eugene Young
EXCLUSIVE: Phil McGraw has signed with WME. This is the first time the top daytime talk show host has been represented by an agency. Since its launch a decade ago, McGraw’s Dr. Phil had been the No. 2 daytime talker behind The Oprah Winfrey Show, where McGraw got his start in television. Following the end of Oprah in May 2011, Dr. Phil established itself as the new ratings king in the daytime talk show arena. This past season, it led the pack with a 2.9 household rating average, up 7% from the 2010-11 season. Dr. Phil‘s 11th season was slated to premiere today but it has been pushed to tomorrow because of CBS’ coverage of the U.S. Open men’s tennis championship.