Monday, February 24, 2020

Bethenny Frankel Lands Reality Competition Series On HBO Max After RHONY Exit!

Bethenny Frankel is making her return to reality television. The Real Housewives of New York City alum has scored an eight-episode series on HBO Max, called “The Big Shot With Bethenny” (working title).

In the half-hour series, aspiring moguls will compete for a chance to win a spot of Frankel’s executive team. The reality series will be produced by MGM Television, B Real Productions, and Big Fish Entertainment. Frankel will serve as executive produce along with Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Dan Cesareo, and Lucilla D’Agostino.

“Aside from motherhood, what truly defines me as a person is being a driven, passionate and hard-working woman determined to make the impossible possible.  My mantra is to come from a place of ‘yes’ and to find and create the solution,” Bethenny said in a statement. “I am an executor of visions, and I share and impart that information to those who work with me. MGM has been neck-in-neck with me with ideas and their execution. I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my longstanding relationship with Mark Burnett on this series and pay this American Dream story forward.”

Frankel signed a deal with MGM Television and Burnett in March 2019 under which she will develop unscripted projects that she will executive produce and potentially appear on camera. This is the first project to receive a series order under that deal.

“I first met Bethenny when I put her on the first season of The Real Housewives of New York City and she’s always both impressed and entertained me,” said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of original non-fiction and kids programming, HBO Max. “It’s incredible to see her empire continue to grow and I know that candidates will be clamoring to work for her.”

“Bethenny is that rare talent whose creative instincts are equal to her business acumen and working with her to create this series has been an amazing collaboration,” said Barry Poznick, MGM’s President of Unscripted & Alternative Television and Orion Television. “We’re giving fans what they want, access inside Bethenny’s businesses so they can see how she runs her empire, all while offering one fan the chance of a lifetime to join her executive team. We’ve found the perfect home in HBO Max to bring this exclusive opportunity to viewers.”

The official press release via HBO Max reads as: “HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of The Big Shot with Bethenny (wt), a new competition series from MGM Television, Mark Burnett, and reality TV veteran and producer Bethenny Frankel and her B Real Productions. In each half-hour episode, the next generation of business moguls will compete for a chance to be second-in-command to business tycoon and Skinnygirl founder Frankel, and win a coveted position working on her executive team. In business and in life, Frankel never settles and only accepts excellence. Through a series of real-life tasks and challenges, each aspiring mogul will be tested to see how far they can push their creativity and determination to rise to the top.”

Photo Credit: Warner Media via Sasha Maslov

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