Roy Bank, President, Television, Merv Griffin Entertainment
Dean Valentine, President, Symbolic Action, LLC, former President, UPN and former President, Walt Disney Television
Roy J. Bank, President, Merv Griffin Entertainment: As President of Television of Merv Griffin Entertainment, one of the industries most respected and historically rich production companies, Roy Bank is leading a resurgence of the late Merv Griffin’s brand.
A seasoned entertainment industry veteran, Bank has seen his creativity and leadership flourish while working with such well-known companies as Mark Burnett Productions, Reveille Productions and alongside TV icon Woody Frasier.
Some of his
notable successes are Martha, Are You Smarter
Than a 5th Grader?; (on which Bank served as both the Creator and Executive Producer); and The Apprentice.
expertise on both the business and creative sides make Bank the perfect leader to take Merv Griffin Entertainment
to the next level.
In 2005 Bank took the role as Head of Development, Production and Corporate Operations for Mark Burnett Productions (MBP), where he quickly began work on The Apprentice and Rockstar: INXS.
While holding that position, the company experienced record growth with the launch of new prime-time shows, daytime programming and the expansion into on-line content.
In addition to the continued success of its prime-time programming strategies, MBP’s 2005-2006 saw the premiere of Martha, the new Martha Stewart daytime program which was picked up for a 4th season, and Gold Rush on AOL
, the largest internet event initiative to date.
It was also in 2006 that Bank
was named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Generation, Hollywood’s Top 35 Executives 35 and Under.” In 2007, Bank
orchestrated a major shift in the type of programming that MBP
is known for with the introduction of two new prime-time network game shows.
First, in early 2007, Bank served as Creator and Executive Producer of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which premiered on FOX as the most watched game show premiere in television history as well as being one of the most syndicated programs internationally.
Before joining MBP, Bank worked in development at Reveille Productions, which was founded by the current Co-Chairman of NBC, Ben Silverman.
A graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Bank began his career in the finance industry and gained notoriety in the field with being one of the founders of the first internet bank in the United States.
From there he
changed career paths and took his
business acumen to the entertainment industry, starting his
career producing for television icon Woody Fraser which proved to be the beginning of a very successful career in entertainment.