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Reality show audition lines will be a thing of the past

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 23rd 2008 12:06PM
Have you ever wanted to audition for a reality television show, but didn't have enough sick leave to fake an illness for your boss or the patience to wait in lines that would rival the bread lines in Cold War Russia?

Mark Burnett has struck a deal that will let people produce their own audition tapes.

Burnett signed a deal with Studio One Media
to supply high traffic areas with self-serve kiosks that let people put together their own tapes for a measly twenty bucks. They can also provide a web-based service that lets contestants upload their own videos.

Just think about where technology has taken us. Now we no longer have to get up at the crack of dawn, borrow/steal some sturdy lawn furniture from our parents' garage and wait in the blazing sun or genital-shrinking cold, just for a chance at chipping away at the foundation of what's left of our 15 minutes of fame and self respect. Meanwhile, we still don't have flying cars.

It's a brilliant move on Burnett's part because it cuts his production costs by a whole chunk at a time when networks are looking for cutbacks. Now producers and crew members won't have to fly to far away destinations and hold auditions where they will tell real people they aren't real enough for their show.

It also means Burnett can do more reality shows since this will allow to spend less time putting together crews to send out into the wilds of reality, and just splice together a few clips from their audition tape. Still, I pity the poor bastard who has to watch them all. I at least hope he has a killer eye exam plan.

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I don't think Studio One is a replacement for current casting casting procedures on reality shows; it's more of a supplement. For one, if I recall correctly, MyStudio charges people at the kiosks to submit their profiles to tv companies. No legitimate casting company charges talent to submit. It will be interesting to see if any talent comes from the arrangement, but I assure you that MBP will continue to cast their shows in the "conventional" way, and not depend on this new arrangement until it's proven it's dependable.

December 24 2008 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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