The Dr. Oz Show Launches "IT'S NOT ME" Campaign To Inform And Warn Viewers About Rogue Marketers Engaging In Copyright

  The Dr. Oz Show Launches "IT'S NOT ME" Campaign To Inform And Warn Viewers
 About Rogue Marketers Engaging In Copyright Infringement And Illegal Use Of
                               The Dr. Oz Name

Disclaimer to Run in Show Beginning Monday, May 6

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, May 5, 2013

NEW YORK, May 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The two-time Emmy® Award-winning,
nationally syndicated hit daytime series The Dr. Oz Show is launching an
aggressive campaign to fight copyright infringement and illegal use of the Dr.
Oz name, image and show beginning Monday, May 6.


In an effort to inform viewers and protect them from rogue vitamin and
supplement company marketing campaigns that illegally use the Dr. Oz name,
beginning May 6, Dr. Mehmet Oz will end each show with a disclaimer that

"If you receive an e-mail or any kind of direct marketing claiming to be from
me selling a product with my name, my image or the show's name, you need to
know IT'S NOT ME! I consider anyone that uses my name or my picture to try to
sell you a product or supplement reckless and dangerous. They are undermining
my credibility with you and the trust you place in me. More importantly, it
could be dangerous to your health. Please go to to
report if you receive any messages that use me to sell you anything. To see a
list of our trusted partners, please go to Dr."

Over 11,000 complaints have been logged through the OzWatch portal on, which is devoted to detecting and enforcing infringement.

"Today I am taking back my name and protecting my viewers from people I
consider dangerous, who try to mislead you into buying products I don't
endorse," said host Mehmet Oz, M.D."Anything you see on this show is part of
a conversation I am having with you about your health. We are always
transparent about our trusted, official partnerships and a full list of these
partners is available on our website."

Over the past several years, ubiquitous banner ads featuring Dr. Oz
endorsements have saturated the internet, embedded through sites like
Facebook, Google, Amazon and YouTube targeting consumers with misleading
advertising for products that may have been seen on the show. Recently,
e-mail spamming, targeted ads and robo-calling have all been reported by
viewers. As a result, the first show of Season 4 in September 2012 addressed
this issue and launched "OzWatch" on the web site, where viewers
could report violations and turn in e-mails they received.

The Dr. Oz Show has produced close to 700 shows in four seasons that bring new
actionable information that the perpetrators can deploy immediately. Items
mentioned on the 700 "The Dr. Oz Show's" produced over the past four seasons
that have resulted in the largest organized fraudulent efforts include green
coffee bean extract, raspberry ketones and garcinia cambogia.

About The Dr. Oz Show

The two-time Daytime Emmy® Award-winning The Dr. Oz Show, hosted by the
two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, is now in its fourth
season. The Dr. Oz Show, which is currently seen in 118 countries worldwide,
debuted domestically in 2009 with the biggest ratings in nine years in daytime

Dr. Oz, the world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, 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 and O The Oprah Magazine.

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

Cleared in over 99% 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 and Amy Chiaro. The show is
filmed in front of a studio audience in Studio 6A in New York's legendary
Rockefeller Center.

About Harpo Studios

Harpo Studios is the multi-award winning production company which creates
original television programming for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, including the
popular series "Oprah's Next Chapter," "Oprah's Master Class," "Oprah's
Lifeclass," "Iyanla: Fix My Life," and the Emmy® Award-winning "Super Soul
Sunday." Oprah Winfrey's creative instincts inform the brand, co-producing
the highly-rated syndicated talk shows "The Dr. Oz Show," "Dr. Phil," and
"Rachael Ray." For 25 years, Harpo produced the number-one-rated,
award-winning "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Harpo Print, LLC and Hearst Magazines
publish the monthly O, The Oprah Magazine publication, while Harpo Films is
dedicated to high-quality scripted dramatic programming, and Harpo Radio, Inc.
produces Oprah Radio on Sirius XM Radio (XM Channel 111 and Sirius Channel

About Sony PicturesTelevision

Sony Pictures Television (, a Sony
Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading
content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre,
around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the
industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows
and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate
that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network
series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas,
comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production
companies in 13 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 33
countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel
feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households
worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium
video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row
and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net,
premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media
sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier
national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in
SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including
FEARnet, and PlayStation.

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