Detroit-area production jobs posted for a “major cable network” reality series

The Real World Detroit may or may not be one step closer to becoming a reality. Last fall, reports said that Viacom had leased space for MTV in Royal Oak, a high-rent Detroit suburb, suggesting that the MTV reality series was headed there next.

Eight job ads were recently posted on Craigslist in Detroit, and all advertise positions “for a reality series to be shot for a major cable network.” The ads say that “[t]aping will be done on-location in the Detroit area April through June,” and a three-month span is typical for a Real World shoot. The positions range from PAs ($450 per week) to an assistant director ($1200 to $1500 per week).

However, the ads also say that the position is with “a major New York production company,” and The Real World is produced by Bunim-Murray, which is headquartered in LA. And reports last fall suggested that MTV would film in Detroit in part because it hosts the Super Bowl this year, but the job ads want people from April through June, well after the game airs.

TV Production Coordinator, Associate Producers, Television Stage Manager, Production Assistants, TV Production – Technical Manager, Television Producers, Assistant Director, Driver-Production Assistants [Craigslist]

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