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MIPCOM Picks 2011: Bar Rescue

You know the sort of place - the neon sign proclaiming 'Open' doesn't beckon to customers as much as it fizzles and blinks intermittently; the beer taps, rather than issuing the nectar of the gods in a fine, forceful stream sputter and cough; and the bathrooms... the less said about them, the better.
September 26, 2011

BAR RESCUE

Partners: 3 Ball Productions for Spike TV, distributed by Shine International

Length: 10 x 60 minutes | Aired: July 2011 (Spike in the U.S.)

Rights available: Worldwide for finished episodes and format

You know the sort of place – the neon sign proclaiming ‘Open’ doesn’t beckon to customers as much as it fizzles and blinks intermittently; the beer taps, rather than issuing the nectar of the gods in a fine, forceful stream sputter and cough; and the bathrooms… the less said about them, the better. These are the unredeemable dives, the holes in the wall, the bars on the brink of closure.

Bar and nightclub owner Jon Taffer has seen more than his share of this sort of establishment, and it makes him mad. Thus, through Bar Rescue, he’s on a mission to save some of these night spots from extinction, doing so with a brash manner that might make Gordon Ramsay blush. This program illuminates the human drama behind the innumerable challenges faced by the barkeep, and the indomitable spirit needed when selling spirits.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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