TV Guide Channel Announces New Reality Competition Series from the Executive Producers of Project Runway and Top Chef
“America’s Next Producer” on TV Guide Channel Seeks Hollywood’s Most Talented TV Producer in 10 Episode Series
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TV Guide Channel, a leading television entertainment network providing original programming to more than 80 million homes, and Magical Elves, executive producers of “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” and “Project Greenlight,” today announced AMERICA’S NEXT PRODUCER, a 10 episode reality competition series that will give a group of television and video producers the chance to prove they have what it takes to create the next generation of TV hits. Contestants will be judged on their abilities to create and execute compelling TV concepts in a variety of genres from scripted to reality. Contestants will have varying levels of TV production experience and will compete each week to survive elimination rounds. The winner of the new TV Guide Channel series will receive the ultimate TV producer prize package: $100,000 cash, a production office in Hollywood, and a first-look deal with TV Guide Channel. The host and judges for AMERICA’S NEXT PRODUCER will include a mix of celebrities, accomplished TV producers and industry deal-makers who are stars of the TV business today.
“Magical Elves has proven that they are TV hit-makers and we are excited to partner with them on our first reality competition TV series ‘America’s Next Producer.’”
“‘America’s Next Producer’ is TV Guide Channel’s biggest original television production to date and a brand defining show for our network as we evolve into a programming destination for TV fans,” said Ryan O’Hara, President of TV Guide Channel. “Magical Elves has proven that they are TV hit-makers and we are excited to partner with them on our first reality competition TV series ‘America’s Next Producer.’”
“We know from our own experience what a dramatic, creative, varied and entertaining world exists behind the camera, but a lot of people don’t know what a producer really does,” said Dan Cutforth, Co-Founder of Magical Elves and Executive Producer of AMERICA’S NEXT PRODUCER. “We’re excited to give some talented producers a chance to show the world what they can do, and what it takes to create television.”
A nationwide search for contestants on AMERICA’S NEXT PRODUCER has already begun. Eligible parties may enter through traditional means, or by participating in a user-generated video contest hosted by TV Guide Channel in partnership with Jumpcut, a Yahoo! company. Entry options are as follows:
AMERICA’S NEXT PRODUCER is executive produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, co-founders of Magical Elves, the Emmy®-nominated producers of "Project Runway" and "Top Chef," along with executive producer Richard Bye and co-executive producer Casey Kriley.
About TV Guide Channel
TV Guide Channel reaches over 80 million homes and is the premier television entertainment network for viewers seeking the latest information on the best programs, hottest stars and latest trends on television. Headquartered in the heart of Hollywood at its TV Guide Studios, the network combines original programming with comprehensive program listings information - all of which deliver on viewers' need for an entertaining and easy guide to what's on TV. TV Guide Channel is owned and operated by TV Guide Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc.
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