TUCSON, AZ [November 11, 2016] – Film Tucson and the UA Hanson Film Institute will co-present the latest Inside Track panel entitled “GET REAL: Breaking into Reality TV” on Friday December 2 at the Center for Creative Photography. The panel will explore the world of reality TV or, in entertainment industry terms, “unscripted” television. Three industry professionals will join reality TV winner Anthony Michaels to provide insider information on how reality TV is made, the types of shows producers are looking for, how to get a reality TV show idea in front of an industry decision-maker, strategies for winning once you’re a contestant, and more. Also, locals with an idea for a reality TV show are invited to enter the Inside Track contest. Winners will get to pitch their idea to the panelists.
The panelists include Tucson-based Anthony Michaels, who won first place in Season 7 of Spike TV’s Ink Master. Anthony competed to win $100,000 and a cover story in 247 Ink. He will be joined by reality TV producer Ryane Belafsky, agent Nir Caspi, and Josh Murphy, development executive at Pilgram Media Group. The Los Angeles-based Belafsky, Caspi and Murphy are all University of Arizona alumni, with degrees in Media Arts, Finance and Media Arts Producing respectively.
Ryane Belafsky’s reality credits include Last Comic Standing (NBC), Are You The One? (MTV), and Face Off (SyFy). She is currently working on the TLC series Outdaughtered, starring the parents of the only all-girl quintuplets in the US. Nir Caspi is a non-scripted TV agent at globally recognized William Morris Endeavor (WME). He represents well-known production companies, producers, documentary filmmakers and talent. In his capacity as Senior Vice President of Development at Pilgrim Media Group, Josh Murphy has developed an array of TV programming including survival reality series The Wheel, hit show Street Outlaws, and the History Channel’s Missing in Alaska.
Locals interested in pitching their reality TV show idea are encouraged to enter the Inside Track competition. Winners will be judged on originality, creativity, and whether the project is doable, with extra points going to shows with an angle for local production. Winning contestants will get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the panelists. Submissions close November 27. Further details and the entry form can be found at insidetracktucson.com.
The sixth panel in the ongoing Inside Track Tucson series, “GET REAL: Breaking into Reality TV” will take place Friday, December 2, 2016 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the UA Center for Creative Photography (1030 N Olive Rd, Tucson 85721).
The moderator is Lorna Soroko, an award-winning writer, producer, TV development executive, and entertainment lawyer. A Los Angeles native, Lorna currently lives in Tucson where, as a UA Hanson Film Institute Fellow, she teaches and facilitates programs for the Institute.
The Inside Track panels are open to the public.
Admission is free. Seats are limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
When: Friday, December 2, 2016 4:00pm-5:30pm
Where: UA Center for Creative Photography, 1030 Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85721
For more information about Inside Track: A Series of Film & TV Panels visit insidetracktucson.com.