Reality TV Boot Camp teaches producers how to work in reality television

New York City has the Reality TV School that teaches aspiring reality whores how to get on TV, and thus it makes sense that Los Angeles would offer a workshop for people who want to help/exploit those people.

The two-day Reality TV Boot Camp workshop promises to teach its participants how to produce reality shows, from concept to actual production. It’s $300 for two days, and after offering workshops throughout the summer, one more is scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14.

The workshop’s web site promises it “will prepare you as a producer, director, and field producer to work in the largest growth sector in television … through lectures, hands-on exercises and workshops, all supported by one-on-one mentoring with seasoned television show-runners, directors and producers.” Among other things, it covers “treatments and demo reels,” “budgets and scheduling,” “becoming a master interviewer,” “field producing,” and “crew and staffing.”

The producers teaching the workshop are Luis Barreto, who worked on The Real World, Road Rules, The Mole 2, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and other shows, and Chris Ragazzo, whose credits include PBS’ last historical house show, Texas Ranch House.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.