Throughout an illustrious career Jerry Springer has become a cultural and civic icon. In addition to talk show host, he has been a two-term mayor of Cincinnati, political pundit, lawyer, award-winning newscaster, country recording artist, international Emcee, TV personality, movie star, Broadway actor and most recently, progressive talk-radio broadcaster.
This season Jerry adds Ballroom Dancing to his list of endeavors as he joins the cast of the hugely popular television series Dancing With The Stars, which premiered on September 12, 2006. Jerry and his partner, Australian winner Kym Johnson, lasted until the final 5 dancers! Headlines such as "Public Smitten with Dancing Springer," "Jerry Springer Becomes Breakout Dancing Star," "Springer Charms Fans of Dancing," and "Springer Show Sentimental Side" touted Jerry's stay as he became a fan favorite. Jerry loved the experience on Dancing With the Stars and has even joined their 2007 Tour in several cities.
The multi-faceted Springer, who has a passion for politics, was named Ohio Democrat of the Year and represented Ohio as Delegate-at-Large for the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Springer remains active in voter registration and other populist causes.
A regular guest on the talk show circuit, Springer has appeared on various prominent shows including The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, Scarborough Country, Countdown With Keith Olberman, The View and numerous other television programs.
Today, because of the lasting popularity of his talk show, Springer is a favorite guest speaker throughout college campuses in the U.S. In recent years Springer was welcomed at Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Northwestern, University of Miami, University of Southern California, San Francisco State, Emory, George Washington, American University, and his undergraduate alma mater Tulane as well as other academic institutions. In 2000, Springer was personally invited by the Oxford Union of Oxford University to participate in their guest lecture series, during which he broke all attendance records for the history of that longstanding series.
Ringmaster, hit bookstore shelves in November 1998, penned by Springer, it was a personal account of his experiences along with remembrances from his childhood and professional career. Also in November 1998, Springer made his first venture into feature films starring in Ringmaster, a fictionalized movie chronicling his television talk show. In 1999, Springer thoroughly enjoyed working with Mike Myers, where he portrayed himself in the hit movie Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
During the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Springer appeared to promote his staring role in the feature film Citizen Verdict. Springer played the producer of a courtroom reality TV show which co-starred Armand Assante and Roy Scheider.
Richard Dominick as Executive Producer of The Jerry Springer Show is credited with turning the show into a cultural phenomenon, The Springer Show is now in its 16th season with Dominick at the helm. Dominick joined the series as a producer in its first year, moved to coordinating producer and, in 1993, became senior producer. In April 1994, Dominick took over as executive producer.
Dominick began his career as the artistic director of the New Jersey Public Theater, where he directed 10 shows per year. While there, he also created, wrote and performed in the Comedy Workshop, a group that innovated late night weekend comedy presentations.
His next career move was into the arena of investigative journalism. With his unique perspective, Dominick made seven appearances on Late Night with David Letterman to discuss his unusual assignments.
Versed in writing, reporting and directing, Dominick soon made the transition into television, where his first job was as an on-air investigative reporter for the Wilton North Report, a late night comedy program for Fox. Later, he served as a producer for NBC Prods.' House Party. Dominick was also the sole writer for ESPN's Sports Emmy Awards, broadcast live in May 1991 and hosted by Saturday Night Live alumni, comedian Dennis Miller.
Dominick a contributed comedy material as a freelance writer to Jay Leno. Other jobs have included writing for The Jenny Jones Show and serving as supervising producer of Not Just News, a syndicated Fox children's news program. Dominick has also made his mark as a freelance writer for such publications as The National Lampoon, Cracked Magazine and Penthouse where, on assignment in 1990, he traveled the entire United States in search of Elvis.
Dominick was named one of 1998's "Marketing 100" by Advertising Age magazine. This annual salute to "those visionaries who latch onto an idea, run with it and achieve their goal of greater sales and recognition" credits Dominick as the "architect of The Jerry Springer Show's successful form."
Dominick is married with two daughters.
Todd is The Jerry Springer Show's "go to" guy. He is the guy at Springer that everyone loves. Todd has been with the show for 12 years and guess what -- he began as a Production Assistant...one of his first responsibilities with the show was actually being Jerry's driver. He would pick Jerry up and drive him home everyday in the company limo. He moved up the ranks by doing all the crappy jobs around the office -- getting our coffee, emptying the waste-baskets, and we now have 3 people doing the jobs Todd used to do: Travel, driving Jerry and backstage manager. Todd's title is now Unit Manager which entails being in charge of post-production, being our great stage manager, doing field shoots and whatever else he is told to do. He is up and ready for anything - that is why we call him our "GO TO" guy.
Fans love Todd and so do our guests. The guests are always trying to kiss and hug him when they come on the show...he is everyone's big Teddy Bear aka Toddy Bear
For those of you out there that want the real scoop: Todd is 36 years old, 6'2" and loves to party. He went to the University of Wisconsin and majored in Broadcasting. Todd is married loves boating, jet-skiing and anything to do with the water. He especially LOVES working on The Jerry Springer Show.
Steve Wilkos is the highly recognizable Head of Security for The Jerry Springer Show. Known simply as "Steve" or "Steve, the tall, bald, handsome guy," he has become one of the most recognizable figures in talk television. The female viewers want to rub his head and the male viewers call Steve, "the guy I would most like to be like." "Steve! Steve! Steve!" is the thunderous chant heard as he swoops in to bring order to the mayhem.
And, as of last season, Steve added "Talk Show Host" to his list of credits with the show. Steve hosted several well-received Springer episodes, bringing his own unique style to dealing with the guests and he is looking forward to hosting more shows this coming season.
Steve's popularity skyrocketed with the hugely successful "Steve To The Rescue" shows. These theme shows featured Steve helping out people in situations which warranted Steve's strong style. For example, Steve came to the aid of a waitress trying to earn enough tips to support her handicapped son. Steve worked her shift at the restaurant one day so that she could spend the day with her son. At the end of the day, Steve then presented her with a van equipped for handicapped access along with all the tips he had earned during her shift.
Steve has been with the show for 14 of the show's 16 seasons, and his popularity grows each year. With the Springer fame has come perks, including cameos in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" and a Halloween episode of Wilkos' favorite television program of all time, The Simpsons (a milestone he proudly calls "the highlight of my career so far"). Steve is also in constant demand for weekend appearances at auto shows, fundraisers, and various other events.
Jerry says of his 6 foot 3 inch pal, "Steve helps make the show what it is -- and the viewers love him. He is a good friend...even though I am a huge Yankee fan and he is cheers on the Cubs"
Steve is a native of Chicago and after serving his country in the US Marine Corps, he joined the Chicago Police Dept. For almost 12 years, Steve kept the streets of Chicago's volatile 14th District (Shakespeare) safe while moonlighting during his off hours on The Jerry Springer Show. Steve retired from the police force in 2001 and now devotes his full time to the show.
Annette Grundy, was one of the original producers of The Jerry Springer Show back in the early 90's and was the Senior Producer for several years. She left Chicago for Los Angeles and took on the Executive Producer job for Quincy Jones' late night show, Vibe. Always a Springer junkie at heart, she came back to the show in the 2005-2006 season and feels like she is "back home."
Born in South Bend, Indiana, Annette grew up in Naperville, a suburb of Chicago. Annette says "I have been in the television industry for 20 years but never in front of the camera...the Springer Hustle is a trip -- worth the watch because you aren't going to believe the drama, and all the work that goes into making it happen."
Nicole Hall, was born and raised in the Midwest. An Indianapolis Hoosier, she now calls Chicago home. Instantly recognizable, Nicole is the tall, blonde on The Springer Hustle. Even though she is the "baby" of the production team, it's Nicole's fourth year producing amazing Springer shows. Nicole's specialty is those 'knock down drag out' fighting shows. During the filming of The Springer Hustle, Nicole worked with one of our returning producers,Toby, She says, of working with Toby for the first time "You can see just as much fighting between Toby and I behind-the-scenes as you see on one of my best shows -- Toby is a trainwreck."
Kerry Smith is completing her eighth year producing for The Jerry Springer Show, which makes her a veteran producer here in Springerland. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Kerry now calls the windy city home. If you see a crazy hillbilly love triangle on The Jerry Springer Show, you can bet that Kerry has produced it. Producing wild shows AND being in front of the camera was "definitely something different" says Kerry, "Pulling a show together is hard enough...and with cameras following me every moment, it was even crazier."
Selina Santos is the Coordinating Producer for The Jerry Springer Show. She has the record of producing for the longest time having been with the show for nine years. Born and raised on the north side of Chicago, Selina is often dubbed "the pretty one" with her long dark hair and beautiful smile. Selina is obsessively driven to make each show perfect. Her production specialty are those great shows with all the intense conflict. Look for Selina's passion on the Springer Hustle.
Toby was born in New York State and began his career as Head of Research at "Saturday Night Live" and moved on to running live events for such celebrities as Penn & Teller, Andrew Dice Clay and Comic Relief '90.
Turning toward the creative, Toby took a job as a show producer on "The Jerry Springer Show" Toby is responsible for some of "the wildest shows ever" on Springer. He is the producer that thinks "out of the box" and most of his shows are way out there.
Toby left his home at Springer for a few years, trying his hand in Los Angeles at NBC's Who Wants to Marry My Dad, Design Invasion, The Amazing Race and Chris Angel Mindfreak. Despite his success in LA, Toby missed his home -- The Jerry Springer Show! He is back this season, trying to get back in the swing of things and still producing those over the top Springer Shows.