at $2 million an episode, The Contender is the most expensive reality series ever.

at $2 million an episode, The Contender is the most expensive reality series ever.
NBC will cough up $2 million per episode for Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Sylvester Stallone’s The Contender, making it the most expensive new reality TV show ever produced. An anonymous NBC exec tells the LA Times that with Burnett’s “track record, you are willing to pay a premium because this could potentially be a very lucrative business to be in, even at the high licensing fee we’re paying for an unscripted show.” ABC offered $1.5 million an episode, and FOX offered “nearly $2 million.” Maybe more significantly than cash, NBC offered “an advertising barter component” where Burnett “will buy six spots per episode from NBC and sell them.” The paper also reports that “Burnett also is developing a 13-episode scripted series for NBC based on castaways on an island, a topic close to his ‘Survivor’ heart.” That show will be his fourth for NBC.

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