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.
Ackerman, 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.
The above portion of the conversation didn’t make it into the final version of the Mediabistro piece. But there is tons of great advice from Ackerman for those interested in cracking the reality TV creative ranks. To read the piece, you need to be a member of Mediabistro’s premium Avant Guild tier.