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Jerry Whitworth

Reality

Jerry Whitworth is an established producer/director of reality-based network television. After more than five years on Survivor, he has gone on to produce reality-based programming for ABC, NBC, and both the Discovery and History Channels.

Questions

  1. Well let’s find out. Why, in just your humble opinion, do you believe the Amazing Race has won so many non-scripted awards versus some of the other non-scripted Reality shows?
  2. As a former Casting Director, since Reality TV isn’t acting, what is the most significant difference in WHY you would cast a performer in Reality TV versus scripted?
  3. If I’m a Reality TV Series Regular, what is a “fair” complaint to bring …to you?
  4. Besides the budget, what is your biggest concern as a Reality producer?
  5. Have you ever seen or actually had to fire a Reality performer, and if so…why?
  6. Describe the distinct difference between a creative production meeting back when you were a Casting Director in films, versus one as a Reality TV Producer?
  7. When as a Reality TV Producer do you get to add “your thumb print” creatively, if ever?
  8. Give the ABG audience just a taste of some of the contractual clauses and limitations that actors/people agree to when committing to be in a Reality show?
  9. Do you believe Reality programming is here to stay as a form of entertainment and if so, what types of Reality ultimately will remain successful, and why?
  10. What is the most captivating experience or action that the audience of Reality shows NEVER gets to see…when the cameras aren’t rolling?

About the Guru

Jerry Whitworth is an established producer/director of reality-based network television. How he got his start in the business after film school, working for legendary Producer, Roger Corman. Realizing he had a natural knack for people and story, Jerry soon found himself casting actors for a large slate of projects at Cormans’ Concorde New Horizons. After working on nearly fifty films for Corman, he struck out on his own, bringing top rated talent to numerous small and medium budget independent features, several award winning short films, and the Dick Wolf series, “Arrest & Trial.” Eventually Jerry transitioned from casting to producing and landed on the hit CBS TV show “Survivor.” After more than five years on Survivor, he has gone on to produce reality-based programming for ABC, NBC, and both the Discovery and History Channels. Currently Jerry is producing the successful Discovery Channel survival show, “Man, Woman Wild”, producing two documentary film projects and developing several others.