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Josh Ackerman Mulls Over Possible Reality TV Show Settings

We couldn’t resist. At the end of our Mediabistro “Hey, How’d You Do That?” conversation with Bodega Pictures co-founder Josh Ackerman, we wondered what the busy producer thought about the potential of a couple of reality TV show settings.

TischSchoolLogoAckerman, once a teenage co-star of Disney Channel’s The All New Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera, currently has two shows on the air (Tru TV’s South Beach Tow, Food Network’s On the Rocks) and several other reality programs in active development. He agreed that the setting of a print media company trying to make the successful transition to digital was fertile. He was also intrigued by the idea of shooting a show at his NYU Alma Mater:

Could the Tisch School be a reality show?

Wow. I’m sure it’s evolved a lot since I was there, but yes. I think that the students are fascinating. I would have to go and see what’s going on there, and embed myself a little bit. You need comedy, conflict, characters. There are so many different things that the networks are now looking for, that you kind of go crazy trying to really think about whether you checked off everything. You just have really trust yourself and trust the story that you’re trying to convey.

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Scott Moore on How His Career Led Him to Deepak and Oprah

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Scott E. Moore has quite the resume: He’s an accomplished musician with five solo albums under his belt and has worked for big networks like MTV/VH1, TNT and Turner Movie Classics as a director and producer. For the past five years, Moore has been the creative director of a site that provides visual medical information.

He just completed his latest project — creating two hours of original music for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey‘s 21- Day Meditation Challenge. In the latest Mediabistro feature, Moore explains how he came to be a part of the project:

So how did you go from creating videos for TheVisualMD to working on Deepak and Oprah’s Meditation Challenge?
Deepak was one of our colleagues on a project on the physiological science of emotional bonding between mother and infant. An old colleague who was working with Deepak on this meditation challenge told me they wanted to raise it up a couple of notches. Even though a lot of people participated, the product wasn’t at the quality level they felt it should be… So the person who handles the Chopra Center Digital Properties was in a crisis. And I just so happened to have just started my agency, and this project would be right up my alley. Ironically, I had started playing atmospheric, soul music live in a yoga studio, which would sell out every month. I played Deepak some of that music, and that’s when it all kind of came full circle and I got the opportunity to do this project.

To hear more about Moore’s eclectic career, read: Hey, How’d You “Score” That Job With Deepak and Oprah, Filmmaker Scott E. Moore?

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How Kate Bolick Ended Up on the Cover of The Atlantic

Kate Bolick set the blogosphere on fire with her popular Atlantic article, “All The Single Ladies.” But it wasn’t just the behemoth nine-page, 12,000-plus-word piece that made headlines. The cover was also a rarity, an occurrence that only took place a handful of times in the magazine’s 154-year history.

“It wasn’t in the original plan at all. I hadn’t finished writing the piece yet when my editor called to say, ‘Now, they’re thinking about putting you on the cover.’ That blew my mind,” she shared in mediabistro.com’s  Hey, How’d You Do That?.

“My understanding on the reason they wanted to illustrate the piece with me is because it was in my voice,  [and the photos] further personalized the material” she said. “I love The Atlantic, but I had been feeling critical of how it has handled so-called ‘female topics.’ Would they have done this if the article had been written by a man? If a woman is writing about being unmarried, the first thing the reader thinks is, ‘How much of this has to do with what she looks like?’ I did have that critique of [my being on the cover], even though it was of myself.”

Read the full interview to find out how Bolick scored a book and TV deal for the article.

LAT In 90 Seconds

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32441106.jpgT-minus Sleaze And Counting: TMZ will debut tonight on Fox. It won’t be much longer before society crumbles into blackness, rioters take the street and we all begin throwing our feces at each other. Make sure to set your TiVo!

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