Marc Summers | Double Dare, Food Network & Coming Up with Letterman and Bob Saget
Marc Summers
Smart Business Revolution

Marc Summers is the President of Marc Summers Productions. He was the host of Food Network’s Unwrapped, a job he has held for eleven years. He has also hosted Next Food Network Star, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, and many specials for the channel. Marc was also Executive Producer of Dinner: Impossible, Food Feuds and Restaurant: Impossible.

Marc enjoyed a near-decade association with Nickelodeon including an ongoing role as programming consultant, producer, and director. He is the former Host/Producer of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare and What Would You Do?, as well as on ABC’s Home Show, where he doubled as both Correspondent and Guest Host. He also hosted Price Is Right Live and Family Feud Live in Atlantic City, Las Vegas.

In this episode of the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, John Corcoran interviews Marc Summers, the President of Marc Summers Production, about his work as a show host on different media networks. Marc talks about the connections he made, the relationships he developed, and his appearance with Burt Reynolds on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Hear:

  • Marc Summers and John Corcoran talk about their experiences while working at DreamWorks
  • Why Marc has had long-running relationships with different media networks
  • Marc shares how he became an announcer and how this led to him being a warm-up guy for various shows
  • How can a show host be himself while stepping in for someone else?
  • Marc discusses the things that he learned from other talk show hosts and comedians
  • Marc details how he came to host Double-Dare and the other shows that he ended up hosting for
  • Marc describes his association and work at the Food Network and the relationships he developed with Judy Gerard and Mark Maxwell Smith
  • How Marc handles setbacks and how he keeps himself motivated for success
  • Marc talks about his appearance with Burt Reynolds on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • What’s in the pipeline for Marc Summers?

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Episode Transcript

Intro 0:14
Welcome to the revolution, the Smart Business Revolution Podcast, where we ask today’s most successful entrepreneurs to share the tools and strategies they use to build relationships and connections to grow their revenue. Now, your host for the revolution, John Corcoran.

John Corcoran 0:40
All right. Welcome, everyone. John Corcoran here. I’m the host of this show. And you guys know that I interview a variety of different entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs, and I unpack the background, the history, the relationships that got them where they are today. And you know, about 10 years ago, I discovered this medium, what we’re doing here, podcasting I’ve been doing ever since because I get to talk with great people, not only people that I’ve never met before, but you even get to reconnect with people that maybe you knew, often in an earlier life. And that’s an example of who I’m interviewing today, we have some history going back. That was instrumental in my career, and I’m gonna tell you about it in a second. But first, before we get into that, I want to give a quick shout out I was often doing this show to someone who I haven’t talked to in a while, but I should reconnect to it with him. His name is Mark Maxwell Smith, he was quite a mentor to me for a period of time. In my college years, he was the founder of a DreamWorks game show that I worked on in college. And he is the reason that I’m introducing today’s guests interviewing today’s guest, his name is Marc Summers. And you know, if you’ve walked down any street in America, you’ll find all kinds of people will come and say hello to him. Because he’s a very recognizable face. He was host for many years of the long running Food Network show unwrapped, and which showed that a position they had for 11 years he’s also the host hosted the next Food Network Star ultimate recipe showdown many specials for the then channel, he also executive produced a number of different shows including dinner impossible food feuds, restaurant impossible, but many will also remember him as the former host and producer of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare and what would you do, which I knew him from originally many, many years ago, and I was a big fan of his back then he’s also been known for his appearance with Burt Reynolds on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which I’ll ask him about in a moment. And a number of other different gigs over the years, he had a long career in the entertainment industry, which I have many family members are in the entertainment industry. I know that that is no easy thing to do. So a big prop two props to Marc for coming on the show. Marc, I’m so excited to have you here.