Eric Schotz, president and CEO of production company Anvil 1893, is a nine-time Emmy-award winner whose innovative style and creativity has established him as one of the television industry’s foremost producers/directors of non-fiction and reality-based programming.
Schotz launched his new Anvil 1893 shingle in 2016, with credits including the two-hour newsworthy special Transition of Power: The Presidency for History, which aired in January. His extensive credits also include History’s four-hour documentary DB Cooper: Case Closed, and such popular and diverse programs as hidden camera series I Get That A Lotand Kid’s Say the Darndest Things, both for CBS, and Celebrity Boot Camp and Guinness Book of World Records Primetime, both for FOX.
Schotz also has created and executive produced such hit series as The Little Couple, Unusual Suspects, Murder Book, Killer Confessions and Speaking for the Dead. He also created Seriously Funny Kids hosted by Heidi Klum for Lifetime, and served as executive producer/creator of Behind Closed Doors for ABC and A&E. Other credits include the cult classic Man vs. Beast 1 and 2, 101 Things Removed From The Human Body and the nationally syndicated daily talk show Dr. Keith Ablow.
Schotz began his career as a journalist in 1979 for a daily news program on KQED, the PBS television station in San Francisco. Soon after, he moved to KABC-TV in Los Angeles where, in 1980, he played a key role in creating the highly successful magazine series, Eye on L.A, which ultimately led to the long-running late-night ABC Network series Eye on Hollywood.