Unscripted

HBO Max greenlights competition series from MGM TV, Bethenny Frankel, Big Fish

HBO Max has added yet another unscripted series to its launch slate. The streamer has greenlit an eight-episode order of The Big Shot with Bethenny (w/t), from MGM Television, Bethenny Frankel’s ...
February 19, 2020

HBO Max has added yet another unscripted series to its launch slate.

The streamer has greenlit an eight-episode order of The Big Shot with Bethenny (w/t), from MGM Television, Bethenny Frankel’s B Real Productions and Big Fish Entertainment.

In each 30-minute episode, aspiring business magnates will undergo real-life tasks and challenges in order to be chosen as Frankel’s “second in command” and to gain a position on her executive team.

Outside of her appearances on Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, Frankel has worked with MGM Worldwide Television Group chairman and new series EP Mark Burnett on two seasons of Shark Tank, and has also established her own lifestyle brand, Skinnygirl.

“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 for HBO Max in a statement. “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,” added 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 Big Shot with Bethenny is produced by MGM Television, B Real Productions and Big Fish Entertainment. Executive producers are Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Bethenny Frankel, Dan Cesareo and Lucilla D’Agostino.

The series is the latest unscripted project to be announced from HBO Max, which, in advance of its spring 2020 launch, has unveiled a raft of unscripted and non-fiction series and specials, ranging from its recent acquisition of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s Sundance buzz doc On the Record to docuseries featuring acclaimed chef Wolfgang Puck; and competition series that run the gamut from botany to ballroom.

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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