Wheel of Fortune - About The Show

Show History

We've had some really incredible moments over the past 36-plus years, on stage and off. Explore the show’s history, from our early days as a daytime show in the ‘70s to becoming the most successful syndicated show on TV.

Show Bios

  • Pat Sajak
    Pat SajakHost
  • Vanna White
    Vanna WhiteHost
  • Harry Friedman
    Harry FriedmanExecutive Producer
  • Jim Thornton
    Jim ThorntonAnnouncer

  • Wow! Can you believe Pat has been the Host of Wheel of Fortune for more than 36 years? Seems like it was just yesterday that he stepped up to the Wheel and let out his first “good luck!” Since joining the daytime version of the show in 1981, he has earned three Emmy® Awards, a People’s Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And in June 2011, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him again with the Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. Later, in April 2018, he was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

    Pat splits his time between the East Coast and Los Angeles. He and his wife, Lesly, a photographer, have two children.

Full Credits

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Harry Friedman

SUPERVISING PRODUCER

Karen Griffith

SUPERVISING PRODUCER

Steve Schwartz

DIRECTED BY

Robert Ennis

PRODUCED BY

Amanda Stern

COORDINATING PRODUCER

Bob Sofia

LINE PRODUCER

Randy Berke

SEGMENT DIRECTOR

L. David Irete

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Patrick O'Brien

PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Renee Hoss-Johnson

PRODUCER

Rob Roman

PRODUCER

Brooke Eaton

CONTESTANT CO-PRODUCERS

Jackie Lamatis

Shannon Bobillo

SENIOR SEGMENT PRODUCER

Trevor Ward

SENIOR SEGMENT PRODUCER

Stacy Thapthimthong


SEGMENT PRODUCER

Ken Weiner

MARKETING & PROMOTIONS PRODUCER

Lisa Dee

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DIGITAL MEDIA

Annette Dimatos-Schwartz

CONTESTANT DEPARTMENT SUPERVISOR

Alexandra Reeves

CONTESTANT COORDINATOR

Alexander Angeles

BOOTH PA / SENIOR PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Jason Seals

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Adam McKinney

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS

Deborah Genovese

Jenny Kim

Rachel Gerin

Sarah Simmons

DIRECTOR MARKETING

Darcy Altwarg Hornbeek

SET DESIGNER

Jody Vaclav

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CLEARANCE & LICENSING

Shelley Ballance Ellis

CLEARANCE SUPERVISOR

Jennifer Haugland

MUSIC SUPERVISOR

Sean Sasahara

CLEARANCE MANAGER

Joseph Somerville

SENIOR CLEARANCE COORDINATOR

Shannon White Lee

CLEARANCE COORDINATORS

Stacy Oki Skredsvig

Monique Diaz

Michael Clark

ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Yvette Sapanza

ASSISTANTS TO THE SUPERVISING PRODUCERS

Gina Freeman

Candace Kravitz

STAGE OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Debbie Williams

ASSISTANT TO THE SENIOR PRODUCER

Jennifer Berke

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS

Krista Ostensen Osche

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS

David Strathearn

SENIOR MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR

Rachel Hartz

PUBLICITY & PROMOTIONS SENIOR COORDINATOR

Kyle Montplaisir

PUBLICITY & PROMOTIONS COORDINATOR

Erica Laible

DIRECTOR SPECIAL PROJECTS

Scott Bresler

PRODUCTION STAFF

Rita Armenta

Mike Dennis

Bob Guzzi

Christy Myers

Spencer Rose

Christopher Orenic

SENIOR PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT

Steve Simpson

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANTS

Maria Angeles

Michelle E. Buckhoff

Kayla Gibbon

SET DECORATORS

Heather Lynne Rasnick

Heather DeCristo

Shaun Page

SECURITY

Tad Nelson

Doug Dubois

HAIR

Renée Ferruggia

Brittany Spaulding

MAKEUP

Barbi Fonte

Miguel Andrisani

Sandy Reimer

Kimber Eastwood

Patty Bortoli 

WARDROBE

Kathi Nishimoto

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Jeff Engel

GAFFER

Brian McElroy

BEST BOY ELECTRIC

Greg Padilla

PROGRAMMER

William McLachlan

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Lucinda Owens Margolis

PRODUCTION ENGINEER

Rob Kimpel

AUDIO MIXER

Cole Coonce

AUDIO

Barbara Hagan

Mitch Trueg

Sharron Sanchez

Ric Teller

VIDEO

Gary Taillon

CAMERAS

Diane Farrell

Ray Reynolds

Michael Corwin

Jeff Schuster

Marc Hunter

Steve Simmons

VIDEO UTILITY

Tino Marquez

Jeff Klimuck

Ray Thompson

VIDEOTAPE OPERATORS

Bob Ryley

Dean Reber

VIDEO WALL TECHNICIANS

Sean Binns

Keith McPeters

POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

Kelli Cardona

POST PRODUCTION

Pete Parise

Keith Fernandes

Tracey Glynn

Andy Strauber

Casey Cole

Jason Cardona

Charlie Gertner

Bob LaMasney

Dan Sutton

Evan Barros

ELECTRONIC GRAPHICS

Michele Lee Hampton

HEAD ELECTRONICS

Bill Monk

ELECTRONICS

Charlie Monk

KEY GRIPS

Chuck Kell

Brad Burgoon

GRIP

Jeremy Gomez

Timothy Wolf

PROPERTY MASTER

Jeff Schwartz

PROPS

Ricky Martinez

Clif York

Brian Van Zandt

DECORATOR GANG BOSS

Miles S. Richman

CRAFT SERVICE

Kelli Michna-Hyatt

MUSIC BY

John Hoke

DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER

Kevin Boles

DIGITAL CONTENT COORDINATOR

Rose Roman

DIGITAL CONTENT RESEARCHER

Ben Johnson

SHOW PHOTOGRAPHER

Carol Kaelson

STAGE MANAGER

John Lauderdale

 

 

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