Berkus Style: Oprah's Designer Nate Berkus Gets His Own Show

by Damian McKnight
Berkus Style: Oprah's Designer Nate Berkus Gets His Own Show

The Oprah Winfrey Show’s featured design expert, Nate Berkus, is gearing up once again for prime time, but this time as the host of his own upcoming daytime talk show. Since founding his Chicago design firm in 1995, Nate has created memorable interiors for some of the most celebrated homes and commercial spaces in the country, including projects for W Hotels, Barney’s New York, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, Billy Joel, Kirstie Alley, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Nate’s passion for the decorative arts began at a very young age and under flourished under his mother’s influence, (she is also a decorator). After graduating from Lake Forest College with degrees in Sociology and French, Nate began his career with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. This position, as well as an internship with Dominique Aurientis in Paris, France, is where Nate has said allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of the industry. It's also where he learned more importantly how to shop and what to buy. Not long afterwards, Nate founded Nate Berkus Associates in 1995 at the impressive age of 24. Nate Berkus Associates, based in Chicago, now employs a notable team of design experts, each bringing their unique aesthetic to the firm.

In 2001, Nate was catapulted to a new level when he was invited to make over a small space (a 400-square-foot apartment) for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” From there, Nate became a featured design expert for the show and garnered national press in publications such as ELLE décor, US Weekly, People, and O Magazine, to name a few. Nate’s unique style is evident in all of his projects—often mixing modern furnishings with antiques he finds at flea markets, antiques stores, and auctions.

In 2005, Nate established his own home line with Linens-N-Things and released his first book, “Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You’ll Love,” (Hyperion), which went on to become a New York Times Best Seller. 2006 saw the debut of Nate’s radio show, The Nate Berkus Show, on XM’s “Oprah & Friends” channel and in 2008, Nate launched a new line of home products on HSN and hosted the reality series “Oprah's Big Give”.

Berkus is the latest “Oprah” regular to get his own show along with Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr. Oz. The show is being co-produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios and Sony Pictures Television, and distributed by Sony. It will be shot in New York, where Harpo and Sony’s other series, Dr. Oz, is also produced.

Zev Shalev, former executive producer of CBS’ The Early Show, has been named executive producer. As Nate transitions to fronting his own hour, Shalev has said the focus will be on extending Berkus' skill at explaining the fundamentals of design and style into other lifestyle, health and wellness issues.

Industry veteran Terry Murphy will be the show’s co-executive producer. In addition to working as a producer on Sally Jessy Raphael, Murphy has executive produced several daytime talkers, including Queen Latifah and The Gordon Elliott Show.

The Nate Berkus Show will launch this fall on TV stations in high-definition. “It will be a daily multi-topic, multi-segment show,” Berkus has said.

“For me, it’s going to be a lot of conversation, a lot of transformation. It's going to be telling and finding compelling stories. It’s something I’m obviously really excited about.”

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