By Tim Cox, BDN Staff Here’s an excerpt:
A New York-based multimedia firm headed by “Today” show weather anchor Al Roker is seeking to develop a new reality or documentary TV show that would showcase lobster fishermen in Maine.
“We’re seeking tough, active lobstermen: you could be a family who’s been fishing for generations [or] a new, hard-nosed skipper striking out on your own,” an announcement issued this week by the firm stated.
Jason Watt, executive producer and owner of Watt Pictures and a partner with Al Roker Entertainment, said Roker’s company is in the process of developing a “pitch package” for the proposed show to take to potential network partners. Some talks with networks already have been held, he said Friday. The pitch package would identify prospective people and locations to be featured in the show and also include some edited video footage, among other things.
“It’s something we’re passionate about,” said Watt, speaking by phone from Brooklyn, N.Y. Lobster fishing is an “untold part of the American story,” he said. “We’re excited about the opportunity to dig in and start telling it.”
The idea may be pitched to network officials as early as February, he said. Potential network partners include the History Channel, Discovery Channel and A&E.
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Interested lobster fishermen should email firstname.lastname@example.org telling about themselves, why they would be a good fit for the show and include pictures.