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Thanks to all of you who participated in Pittsburgh’s Next Reality Star.
We learned that Pittsburgh has great character because of the characters that live in one of America’s most livable cities. We met lots of wonderful people and made new friends.
We are excited to announce that Pittsburgh’s Next Reality Star is Chet with his partner Bob, two farmers mentoring girls to become pageant contestants.
The runner ups were Robert Burns and Ryan Stauffer, two outdoor survivalists who live on a 500-acre organic farm and Jamie Holmes who runs Jamie's Dream Team, an organization dedicated to lifting the spirits of those suffering from, serious illness, injury, disability or trauma.
Bob Kusbit, One Louder Productions, the company behind MTV’s Emmy award-winning hit show "MADE," and the Pittsburgh Innovative Media Incubator held the first Pittsburgh-wide open casting competition to find Pittsburgh’s Next Reality Star.
Working with Bob as part of this regional casting call is Ellen Berkman Davis, who moved back to Pittsburgh after serving as the longtime casting department manager for CBS mega-reality hits such as "Survivor" and the Emmy award-winning "The Amazing Race."
Chet and Bob will star in a presentation tape produced by One Louder Productions, and may fly to New York or Los Angeles to pitch their show to network executives.
Pittsburgh’s Next Reality Star is supported by the Steeltown Entertainment Project, part of the Pittsburgh Innovative Media Incubator.
Who we are:
Bob Kusbit is a Latrobe native who has spent over 25 years in television, and is credited with creating MTV's long running music hit Total Request Live and launching the career of Carson Daly. In 2002 he founded One Louder Productions, and has created and produced hundreds of hours of specials, events and series, including MTV's multiple Emmy Award winning MADE, and the upcoming MTV series TOTALLY CLUELESS. "Broadcast and cable networks are constantly looking for colorful, meaningful and authentic reality characters" says Kusbit, "and we are excited to pluck a gem from Pittsburgh and make them a national star!"
Ellen Berkman Davis returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh after spending a decade or so managing the casting departments of the CBS reality shows "Survivor" and the Emmy Award winning "The Amazing Race.” She also worked in Production on various Fox television shows before that. “I am ready to show off the best of our wonderful city. What makes Pittsburgh unique is the warm and authentic spirit of our people, and the great pride we take in the ‘burgh. I always have been interested to meet new people and learn about their lives and what makes them tick. Even as a kid, I was interviewing all of my neighbors—and that’s the approach I am taking now—looking forward to meeting more of my Pittsburgh neighbors!”