IRWIN ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
John Irwin, Founder and President
The Los Angeles based Irwin Entertainment, Inc. is a full service multi-platform television production company committed to producing and developing high quality projects in the comedy, reality and live entertainment arenas. Headed by veteran television producer John Irwin, the company has numerous projects on air, in production, and in development with a variety of cable, broadcast, and digital networks including VH1, HBO, E!, NBC, Comedy Central, Netflix, CMT, truTV, TBS, Oxygen, Spike, and A&E. Irwin is the President of the company, which he founded in 2004.
Irwin’s most recent projects include the E! Series “Famously Single” which successfully premiered on June 14 and the high-profile NBC special Red Nose Day which aired live on May 26. In addition, Irwin is Executive Producer of The Robert Irvine Show debuting on the CW Network, on September 12, 2016, in association with Tribune Studios for first-run syndication.
Under the Irwin Entertainment banner, John Irwin served as the executive producer of VH1’s mega hit series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008-2012) which gave audiences a first ever look into the private lives of celebrities working to overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol. In the therapy space, Irwin also produces the successful series Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn (2012- ), which recently aired its 6th season on VH1. Producing alongside Dr. Jenn Mann, Irwin Entertainment also produces VH1’s latest series, Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn. The series features the complicated and often misunderstood world of celebrity families.
John Irwin is also one of the industry’s top live-event producers. He is returning for the fourth consecutive year to produce NBC’s live special, New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (2013- ). Alongside NBC, Irwin was extremely proud to produce the live TV special, Red Nose Day. The two-hour television live event gathered top comedy and musical performances from A-list celebrities and artists around the world who support and raise money to help lift children out of poverty.
In early 2016 Irwin co-produced, alongside Sean Hayes & Hazy Mills Productions, the NBC special Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows. This one-night-only special reunited actors from some of TV’s most beloved programs, including Friends, Taxi, Cheers, Will & Grace, and The Big Bang Theory. Irwin also produced Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas for NBC which earned a 2014 WGA Award for Outstanding Writing in Comedy/Variety Special.
Irwin Entertainment co-produced the 2014 music docu-series with famed songwriter Linda Perry, Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project for VH1. The innovative series earned a 2014 GLAAD Award Nomination for Outstanding Reality Program. In addition, Irwin produced the non-scripted, motivational series Coaching Bad for Spike in 2015, starring retired Super Bowl MVP and All-Pro NFL linebacker, Ray Lewis.
On the comedy front Irwin’s extensive comedy projects include productions for dozens of famed comics including stand-up specials with Kevin Hart, John Mulaney, Tracy Morgan, Dana Carvey, Nikki Glaser, Daniel Tosh, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Demetri Martin, Chris Hardwick, David Spade, Norm Macdonald, Hannibal Buress, and Anthony Jeselnik, to name a few.
“Our goal at Irwin Entertainment is to continue to produce high quality live entertainment, comedy, reality specials and series, and to also develop formats from around the world that can be translated to the next generation of successful projects in the U.S.,” said Irwin.
Prior to forming Irwin Entertainment, Irwin spent four years as a producer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, two years as a producer at Mad TV, and five years as Vice President, Development and Production for Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.
Other noteworthy credits for executive producer Irwin and Irwin Entertainment include Sober House for VH1, All Jacked Up, The Warren Brothers and Eat it To Beat It for CMT. Productions for HBO include Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, Brave New Voices and several comedy specials including Jim Norton: Monster Rain, D.L Hughley: Unapologetic, Dave Attell: Captain Miserable, Bob Saget: That Ain’t Right and scripted pilots Jessica and Jason and David’s Situation. For Spike, the company produced Nasty Neighbors and for ABC Family, the pilot Beyond Wild starring Ky Furneaux.
Irwin’s additional executive producer credits include: NBC’s Countdown to the Emmys -Live (NBC), Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks – Live (NBC), Mid-Nightly News(FOX), Scriptless (THE N), It’s Only MTV But I Like It (MTV pilot), The Katie Brown Workshop (E!), and TLC’s Planets & Possibilities. Irwin’s supervising producer credits include The Colin Quinn Show – Live (NBC), 75th Anniversary of NBC – Live (NBC), Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry (HBO), P. Diddy Presents Bad Boys of Comedy (HBO) and The Chevy Chase Show (NBC pilot).