"Ellen's Design Challenge" (TV show) is a reality furniture competition series on HGTV that is hosted by comedian Jay Montepare.

Conceptualized by television icon and entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres, this series, her first on cable television, features six competitors as they tackle ingenious challenges to sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture.

The series requires that contestants create inventive furniture designs to avoid elimination. With the stopwatch ticking, they usually have less than 48 hours to construct a piece that wows the judges, or they risk elimination. The last competitor standing receives a $100,000 cash prize courtesy of Wayfair.com and gets to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine.

Amanda Dameron, editor-in-chief of Dwell, and Christiane Lemieux, executive creative director of Wayfair.com, serve as judges in the competition. The six contestants include Carley Eisenberg, Boone, N.C.; Gaspar de Jesus, Los Angeles; Tim McClellan, Durango, Colo.; Mark Moskovitz, Cleveland, Ohio; Leslie Shapiro Joyal, Los Angeles; and Katie Stout, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The series highlights Ellen's passion for furniture and house design, as well as her expertise in the subject. The competitors will face design challenges that will keep them on their toes and, since the clock will be ticking, they will be paired with an expert carpenter to help them complete the task at hand, including Karl Champley, Jeff Devlin, Matt Muenster, David Sheinkopf, Brooks Utley and Chip Wade. In addition, each designer will have access to a "build team" and a large workshop with all the tools they'll need to measure and construct their amazing furniture creations.

"Ellen's Design Challenge" is produced by Ellen's production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. in association with Telepictures. Executive producers are Ellen, Jeff Kleeman of A Very Good Production, and Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Tim Eagan of A. Smith & Co.


Network: HGTV
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 26, 2015
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
A Very Good Production
A. Smith & Co.

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