Jean-Louis, 30, and Witt, 26, Each Earned $100,000 and the Title of Titan Champion on Show’s Inaugural Season
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Feb. 28, 2019 – After competing among a field of elite athletes in an unparalleled athletic competition, James Jean-Louis and Charity Witt have been named the first male and female Titan Champions, respectively, on NBC’s “The Titan Games.”
The series, hosted and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, along with executive producers Arthur Smith and Dany Garcia, was inspired by Johnson’s desire to motivate global audiences to reach their potential for greatness.
Throughout this uplifting series, competitors pushed their bodies to the limit by battling opponents in unforgiving head-to-head challenge that tested speed, strength, agility and endurance as well as mental and emotional fortitude.
“James and Charity perfectly embody the spirit of ‘The Titan Games,’ which is about giving people from all walks of life the platform to showcase their amazing strength and perseverance under a global spotlight,” Johnson said. “I’m inspired by our two Titan champions, who overcame incredible obstacles to make us all stand up and cheer throughout this epic inaugural season.”
Jean-Louis, 30, a hardworking single father and beer truck driver, entered the competition eager to show his son Semaj that he can accomplish anything. After a troubled upbringing, fitness became his way to focus on something positive. Jean-Louis fought his way through “The Titan Games” by battling it out in Hammering Ram, Atlas Smash, Uprising and two grueling runs on Mt. Olympus.
Witt, 26, was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia at age 17 and quickly adapted to overcoming adversity. Her tenacious personality and understanding of hard work fueled her passion for powerlifting and her career as a metabolic technician. Her motto – “I don’t quit when I’m tired, I quit when I’m done” – inspired her to join “The Titan Games.” Throughout the series she competed in challenges Heavy Metal, Herculean Pull, and Uprising, and dominated two battles on Mt. Olympus.
Season to date “The Titan Games” has averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall in “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research. In “live plus same day” results, “Titan Games” has surged 63% above NBC’s average in the Thursday, 8-9 p.m. timeslot earlier this season prior to “Titan Games” in adult 18-49 rating (1.3 vs. 0.8, L+SD non-sports) and by +2.3 million persons or +80% in total viewers (5.1 million vs. 2.8 million). The most recent “Titan Games” telecast on Feb. 21 equaled the show’s highest 18-49 rating since Jan. 24.
“The Titan Games” is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Arthur Smith, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, Toby Gorman and Anthony Storm executive produce.
ABOUT UNIVERSAL TELEVISION ALTERNATIVE STUDIO
Launched in 2016, Universal Television Alternative Studio is a leading supplier of hit unscripted content and alternative formats, and creates, develops and produces a diverse slate of original series domestically and internationally. The studio’s most recent breakout hits include athletic competition show “The Titan Games,” starring and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson; “Making It,” from executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman; and the #1 new series of 2017, “World of Dance,” starring and executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. Additionally, the studio is responsible for the high-stakes game show “The Wall,” which has been sold into 27 territories internationally and has become the highest-rated game show in multiple territories around the world. Hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, "Hollywood Game Night” has been remade across 21 territories and recently completed production on its sixth season. Last year the studio debuted “In Search Of” with Zachary Quinto for History. Upcoming series include the songwriting competition series “Songland” from executive producers Adam Levine, Dave Stewart and Audrey Morrisey and the comedy competition series “Bring the Funny,” starring judges Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy with host Amanda Seales. Universal Television Alternative Studio is a division of NBCUniversal.
SEVEN BUCKS PRODUCTIONS
Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling and passion. Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate that includes tentpole movies such as Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” Universal’s “Hobbs and Shaw,” Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Legendary’s “Skyscraper,” New Line’s “Rampage,” Universal’s “Red Notice,” Warner Bros.’ “The King” and Netflix’s “John Henry” and “The Statesmen.” The company also produces original television programming that includes HBO’s “Ballers,” NBC’s “The Titan Games,” BET’s “Finding Justice,” Paramount Network’s “Rock the Troops” and HBO Documentary Films’ “Rock and a Hard Place.”
A. SMITH & CO. PRODUCTIONS
A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 4,500 hours of award-winning programming with budgets totaling well over $1 billion across more than 50 networks and platforms. Current productions include “The Titan Games,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” "American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “Mental Samurai,” “Unsung,” “Inside the Label,” “SciJinks,” “NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown,” “The Dunk King” and “Death by Magic.” For more information, visit www.asmithco.com.
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