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Reality Check by Michael Essany

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Chapter | five

The Show and Tell of Reality TV

The majority of producers who sell a reality television series do so after first working in the television industry for years, crafting a superb résumé, gaining invaluable production experience, and developing an extensive social network of everyone who is anyone in the business. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of aspiring producers do not enjoy the luxury of this professional pedigree. And although these “outsiders” would seem to have little hope of penetrating the seemingly impenetrable walls of show business, nothing could be further from the truth, especially today.

In the not so distant past, aspiring television producers without a foothold in the business were almost universally limited ...

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