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Michael Braverman

Reality

Michael Braverman is a partner in the Braverman/Bloom Company, which just completed a merger with industry heavyweight A. Smith & Co. Currently, Michael is the Executive Producer of Conspiracy Theory on truTV, and Bar Rescue.

Questions

  1. Ok… alright. Do you feel that a web series or promo trailer is a way to actually sell a Reality idea? And have you seen any spec Reality trailers worth watching?
  2. You were a personal talent manager for many many years, so if you were today, what would be your reason for wanting to have your client be ON a Reality show early in their career… or would you?
  3. You currently produce a show that has a “Host”, a bit of an antagonist and a few sidekicks. What type of compensation is typical for a 2-3 year veteran actor on these shows?
  4. If you had a friend today, who wanted to become a Manager, what would be the number one thing you would tell him about finding/choosing actors based on the amount of scripted programming that has been eliminated by Reality programming.
  5. There are many many “types” of Reality programming, but overall where do you thriving for actual actors in the future versus those kind of falling by the wayside?
  6. Yes Reality programming is considered non-scripted, but in real truth, what percentage of Reality TV, like WWE wrestling, is actually scripted.
  7. Describe the difference between you having to go in and “Pitch” a Reality programming idea versus maybe what an acting client of yours would face going to “Network” for a Series Regular role on a TV show?
  8. Do you think being the “HOST” of a Reality show is different than hosting a game show or magazine show… and if so, why?
  9. Does a Reality program lead/star commonly get paid for “personal appearances?”
  10. Do you feel that a Reality producer/creator has as much control over their finished product as say a Showrunner does in scripted Network television?

About the Guru

Michael Braverman is a partner in the Braverman/Bloom Company, which just completed a merger with industry heavyweight A. Smith & Co. As the producer of mega-hits Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, A. Smith provides the ideal platform to expand Braverman/Bloom’s production and management business. Currently, Michael is the Executive Producer of Conspiracy Theory on truTV, and Bar Rescue (premiering July, 2011 on Spike). Michael is also a 2007 Emmy Nominee in children’s animation for Bigfoot and Meteor, which aired on Discovery Kids Channel. He co-created, and Executive Produced Armed and Famous on CBS. Braverman/Bloom has long been known for “non-traditional” representation, along with its mainstream actors and writers. The company pioneered the cross-over of athletes into movies and television. Repping such stars as Governor Jesse Ventura, Chris Jericho, and Mick Foley, Braverman/Bloom created successful properties for each. The company believes this sets the template for a seamless blending of management and production.