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 History’s four-hour documentary DB Cooper: Case Closed, as well as the two-hour newsworthy special Transition of Power: The Presidency, also for History, which aired in January.
Schotz’s extensive credits include executive producing the popular hidden camera series I Get That A Lot for CBS, and creating and executive producing hit series 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 Kid’s Say the Darndest Things for CBS, Behind Closed Doors for ABC and A&E, and Guinness Book of World Records Primetime, Boot Campand Celebrity Boot Camp for FOX. 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.