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.