A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Local reality show has a definite ‘green’ tint

September 3rd, 2009 by Doree

“Mission: Sustainable” is a new Seattle-based green-theme reality show that is looking for its pilot episode’s makeover candidate. The show is seeking nominations of a family, couple or individual in the Seattle area.

“Those chosen to receive a makeover will receive personalized advice and products from our experts to dramatically reduce their carbon footprints,” says creator Rose Thornton. “Our experts will make over the candidate’s lifestyle in a way that saves money, improves health and contributes to overall happiness.”

“Mission: Sustainable” cast members include co-host Megan Hilfer, who works for Parsons Public Relations in Phinney Ridge, and Eric Kocaja, the show’s transportation consultant, who lives in Greenwood. The show features a cast of green consultants in landscaping, home interior, food, personal care, transportation and business. Everyone is currently working pro bono.

Since the show is just getting off the ground, they’re also asking for community support, especially a broadcast quality camera and operator, as well as editing suite support, to complete the pilot episode. If interested, contact Thornton. (Update: Thornton reports in comments that they’ve already received a camera and editing help.)

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Auditions for TV pilot on Thursday

July 8th, 2009 by Doree

Update: I’ve just been informed that the auditions were just moved to the University Branch Library.

A Seattle production company is holding auditions from 6:15-7:45 p.m. on Thursday at the Greenwood Library University Branch Library for a new sustainability reality TV show pilot. ReGeneration Productions, LLC, is looking for a program host and sustainability experts in eight categories for pilot episode production this summer.

Think “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” meets “What Not to Wear” and you have the basic premise for ReGeneration Productions’ “Mission: Sustainable” green-based reality television show. The brainchild of Seattle’s Rose Thornton, who founded ReGeneration Productions for the sole purpose of creating green-focused media programming, “Mission: Sustainable” will have a team of experts who show a family, business or individual how their daily choices impact the environment and the changes they need to make to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Interested parties can audition for more than one role and should be prepared with a brief description of his/her area of expertise. Those interested in the consultant roles should also prepare a 2-3 minute description of how to “make-over” a lifestyle choice in their area of expertise. Host candidates should also prepare a 2-3 minute description of the concept of a carbon footprint. All auditions will be on camera.

The roles to be filled are: Host; Green Transportation Consultant; Green Chef/Food Consultant; Green Interior Home Consultant; Green Exterior Home Consultant; Home Efficiency Consultant; Green Landscaping Consultant; Pacific Northwest Outdoors Consultant; Green Personal Care Consultant; Green Technology Expert.

If you’re interested, send an email to request an audition time. Taping for the pilot episode will begin in July, requiring evening and weekend commitments for the selected cast.

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Is your master bathroom TV-ready?

June 30th, 2009 by Doree

The HGTV show “Bang for Your Buck” is looking for Seattle-area remodeled master bathrooms to feature on its second season. Renovations must have happened within the last three years.

Each episode will tour three similar remodels at similar price points in the same city. We’ll bring in our design expert and real estate expert to determine how the renovation impacts each home’s value. We’ll also provide viewers with expert advice, answers on remodeling values, and inspiring ideas for design.

If you’re interested, send pictures and request an application from Brooke Schledewitz by email, or call (303) 712-3168.

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Red Mill Burgers on Travel Channel Wednesday

February 10th, 2009 by Doree

Red Mill Burgers will be featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” at 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

Show host Adam Richman taped the segment on Dec. 13. We’ve got a picture of filming here. Wednesday night’s show also will spotlight the massive 12-egg omelette at Beth’s Cafe on Aurora near Green Lake, and the seafood delights of The Crab Pot on the downtown waterfront.

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Food Network films at Georgia’s Greek Deli

January 26th, 2009 by Doree

I stopped by Georgia’s Greek Restaurant & Deli on 85th and 3rd today to pick up some lunch and found a camera crew from the Food Network filming for a segment on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” hosted by Guy Fieri.

That’s bleach-blond Guy second from the right, and Georgia’s owner Laki Kazakos on the left, just after Laki lit the restaurant’s famous Saganaki (fried cheese) on fire (sorry for the poor cell phone photo quality – I wasn’t allowed to use a flash because of the professional cameras). And here’s Guy in the parking lot filming his stand-up, where he’s pretending he just got out of his red sports car and can’t wait to finally eat at Georgia’s:

 

In reality, they filmed that opening segment at the very end of two days of filming. And here he is doing yet another take after numerous flubs and technical challenges:

 

We’ll try to keep you posted on when the segment will air. By the way, Guy will appear on David Letterman on Wednesday night.

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Need help on converting from ‘rabbit ears’ to digital TV?

December 9th, 2008 by Doree

Neighbor Phil Fenner wants to help anyone who’s still a little confused by the whole notion of converting from an old-fashioned TV with “rabbit ears” to digital – which happens in February:

I’m an engineer who works on medical imaging equipment and a long-time home entertainment and general electronics hobbyist. I just got myself a couple of converter boxes for different types of TVs, played around with various antennas, and have done a lot of research on the new standard and helped my immediate neighbors also get on DTV and avoid cable.

I imagine there are quite a few holdout rabbit-ear types in this area where in-city over-the-air reception is pretty good, and I just want to help any who might be interested in taking advantage of this new medium and avoiding unnecessary long-term contractual service obligations when what they want (and more) is being broadcast right over the air!

Anybody interested in tips as to how to do it (and it’s easy, but not completely plug-n-play) can email me for tips! I’m at pfitech@seanet.com. I envision our neighborhood having a fairly large number of non-cable folks like me, if so don’t capitulate now, the ComCast ads saying they offer a solution are half-truths! And no need to buy a brand-new TV… in most cases a box will do it, and you can get $40 off with a gov’t coupon.

 

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