Howard Schultz has been at the forefront of reality television since the genre's inception. The Hollywood Reporter, a leading entertainment industry newspaper, named him as one of the top 50 forces in the field. He was also named by Los Angeles magazine as one of the city's most influential people for the worldwide success of his television show Extreme Makeover. His other successes include Next! on MTV and The Moment of Truth for Fox.
In 1992, Schultz formed his company, Lighthearted Entertainment, following his production of the breakthrough hit, Studs. This company has become a global leader in television formats with shows being produced in various countries worldwide. As a result, Schultz has traveled extensively throughout the world, working with local producers and their productions of his company's programs. His company continues to distinguish itself today by creating breakout hits from cutting-edge ideas. It has two new series coming to air in 2013: 72 Hours for TNT and Buck Wild for Animal Planet. His company is also in production on pilots for TLC, Oxygen, NatGeo, and others.
Schultz received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is married and has three sons.