NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Emmy® Award-winning, critically acclaimed and nationally syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" announced the world wide release of "House Calls," (www.DoctorOz.com/HouseCalls) an innovative online experience that allows users to send personalized videos to friends and family from Dr. Oz himself!
Starting today, users can select from a list of common health and wellness topics, messages of encouragement or well wishes. From the common cold, to weight loss support and even birthdays, Dr. Oz's personalized video message will be sent to the recipient's email or Facebook inbox. Users can also select from more than 1,000 names and over 25 topics to customize each video, which Dr. Oz delivers in a seamless fashion, for each recipient. Users are then given a checklist, unique to their topic, from Dr. Oz as a handy takeaway.
Additionally, television affiliates that carry "The Dr. Oz Show" will be able to embed the "House Calls" experience into their station's website to offer to local viewers.
"The connection between people is one of the most important things to maintain for our health – I often tell people to set aside time to call friends and loved ones as part of their overall well being," said Dr. Oz. "Now, not only can you send them a nice note, but each 'House Call' contains some useful tips presented in a fun and engaging way."
While this is a great tool for fans of "The Dr. Oz Show," it's also a way to amplify the Dr. Oz brand. "The Dr. Oz Show," which facilitates the national conversation on health, was the #1 syndicated talk show in the key demographic (women 25-54) for the week of January 9th. "The Dr. Oz Show" is often the sole information provider many people receive about their health daily. "House Calls" extends this communication directly via e-mail, with more than 25 topics that cover common health issues including workplace stress, post-operative care, colds, flu and fever, smoking cessation, and weight loss. Upbeat wishes for birthdays, anniversaries and new babies are also part of the selections. To try out "House Calls" go to www.DoctorOz.com/HouseCalls. "House Calls" interfaces with Facebook, via Facebook Connect, and is easy to share via Twitter and Google+.
ABOUT "THE DR. OZ SHOW"
Dr. Oz won his second consecutive Emmy® Award for outstanding informative talk show host at the 2011 Daytime Emmys. "The Dr. Oz Show" won its first Emmy® Award for Best Informative Talk Show in 2011. "The Dr. Oz Show" debuted in 2009 with the biggest ratings in nine years in daytime television and maintained impressive ratings throughout the season. "The Dr. Oz Show" is distributed in 112 countries worldwide.
Dr. Oz has served as health expert on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including "YOU: The Owner's Manual", "YOU: The Smart Patient", "YOU: On a Diet", "YOU: Staying Young", "YOU: Being Beautiful" and "YOU Having a Baby" as well as the award-winning "Healing from the Heart". He has a regular column in TIME Magazine, AARP and O The Oprah Magazine. He is also the host of a daily talk show on Sirius XM Radio's "Oprah Radio."
Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.
Cleared in over 99 percent of the country, "The Dr. Oz Show" is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT. "The Dr. Oz Show" is executive produced by Mindy Borman; Amy Chiaro is co-executive producer. The show is filmed in front of a studio audience in Studio 6A in New York's legendary Rockefeller Center.
Harpo Studios is the home of Harpo Productions, Inc., the most successful production company in daytime syndicated talk, having produced the number one, award-winning "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and developed "Dr. Phil", "Rachael Ray", "The Dr. Oz Show", "The Nate Berkus Show" and "The Rosie Show." Harpo Studios also creates, develops and produces original programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and operates Oprah.com (www.oprah.com), a premier lifestyle website. Through its various Harpo entities, the company offers branded entertainment via magazine content, feature film and scripted television projects, online and digital offerings, and satellite radio.
ABOUT SONY PICTURES TELEVISION
Sony Pictures Television is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 120 channel feeds, which are available in more than 142 countries reaching more than 500 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row and Sony Movie Channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, new 3D channel 3net, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.