Travel Channel searches for next Travel Channel Star

The winner of the search for the next Travel Channel Star will host their own five-part series on the network's digital platforms in 2015. (Pictured: Travel Channel VP of editorial content Jodi Bettencourt)
November 3, 2014

U.S. cable network Travel Channel is taking to the web to discover its next Travel Channel Star.

Potential contestants are invited to submit a two-minute video online to or appear at one of two casting calls – either at the That’s Voiceover! Career Expo at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on November 10 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, California in early 2015 (details TBA) – to audition for the three-round competition series, premiering in 2015 on

Videos must be submitted by April 15, 2015.

The eventual winner will be chosen between two finalists during a one-hour live special on the Travel Channel and be rewarded with their own five-part series on the network’s digital platforms.

Competition judges include Travel Channel experts Jodi Bettencourt (pictured), the network’s VP of editorial content; Anna Garwood, director of programming and talent relations, and Travel 911 host Rob Pralgo. Travel Channel host Bert Kreischer will host the one-hour special and recap competition highlights, and there will be an interactive elements, as fans will be able to vote for their favorite videos online.

“The video submissions should tell a story and highlight a location that matches contestants’ travel expertise,” said Ross Babbit, Travel Channel’s programming and development senior┬áVP, in a statement.

“The best travel videos include an array of topics like food, adventure, unique shopping and local attractions. But what we really want to see come through is personality, point-of-view and a distinct passion and excitement for travel.”

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