Johnny Ferraro, Creator of ‘American Gladiators,’ Reveals How He Became the ‘Godfather of Reality Television’ and What the Future Holds for the Brand

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When Johnny Ferraro was first approached to do a documentary aboutAmerican Gladiators, an American competition television program that aired from 1989 to 1996 in which “average” people would compete against body guilders known as “Gladiators,” he was hesitant. “American Gladiators has always been a positive brand, beloved by kids and adults. That’s how I’ve always wanted the show to be portrayed,” Ferraro, who co-created the series, exclusively tells OK! about the controversial The American Gladiators Documentary on 30 for 30 on ESPN. “But with this one, they said, ‘Johnny, you’re the American…

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