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Reality TV Convention Coming Soon: Meet Stars, Maybe Even Get Cast in a Show

by Scott Harris, posted Aug 5th 2010 3:01PM
Fans of reality television have reason to celebrate today because a new convention catering just to them has been announced and it's going to take place in the most real place in America: Los Angeles!

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, some of the biggest names in reality programming are coming together next year to stage the Reality Rocks Expo, which not only will feature stars "from reality, lifestyle, factual television as well as the producers who fill their TV screens with interesting, entertaining and informative programming," but according to co-managing director Amy Freeman-Cohen may even give fans "a shot at being cast on one of their favorite shows."

Of course, some skeptics may point out that the entertainment world already has a convention for obsessive media hangers-on and wanna be "reality" stars -- it's called "Hollywood." But David Eilenberg, head of Mark Burnett Productions, the house that 'Survivor' built, thinks the convention will fill a need by giving reality fans eager to connect with stars and other enthusiasts their own reality version of Comic-Con.

"Reality Rocks is destined to become a signature event for reality TV," Eilenberg said. "We relish the opportunity to connect with our amazing fans and give them the opportunity to connect with all the great on-camera and off-camera characters of our genre."

Just which stars will be in attendance has yet to be announced, but the event, which will be staged at the Los Angeles Convention Center next April 8-10, is already drawing raves -- at least, from the reality producers who are organizing it.

"This is a unique opportunity for the networks and producers to connect with their fans on a whole new level, and maybe even find the next great show or personality," e5 Media's Bailey Beeken enthused. "Measuring the excitement and engagement of the fans during the expo, gives the producers and networks real, experiential feedback from the fans as they head into the May Sweeps and before many of the new season's shows kick-off."

A large-scale industry focus group and marketing study disguised as a fan experience that you will actually have to pay to participate in? Now that sounds like the reality television we've all come to know and love so well. Count us in.

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