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Exclusive: Painless Productions developing “Refurbishing Ferguson” format

A new series from Los Angeles–based indie prodco Painless Productions will capture the work being done to renovate and rebuild Ferguson, Missouri and its public image, after the protests and ...
June 7, 2022

A new series from Los Angeles–based indie prodco Painless Productions will capture the work being done to renovate and rebuild Ferguson, Missouri and its public image, after the protests and riots that occurred there in 2014.

The series, Refurbishing Ferguson, will see four prospective homeowners competing to create their first homes by working with local builders and designers to rehab four Ferguson properties. The owners will work alongside experts and builders as they gut, reimagine and rebuild houses to create their own dream homes. The competitor with the most impressive rebuild wins the house they renovated.

Painless Productions is developing the new series along with Michael D. Francis Presents. Ferguson Mayor Ella Jones (pictured), the city’s first Black female mayor, enlisted Painless to develop the series to spotlight the work being done to improve Ferguson’s quality of life.

“It’s time for the world to see the beautiful side of Ferguson and its residents, and I’m thrilled to have Painless Productions on board to help me do that,” Jones said.

“We have developed a diverse, safe and enjoyable town with beautiful parks, restaurants and even a farmer’s market. It’s the ideal place to put down roots, raise your family and start a business. That’s the Ferguson we are today; that’s the Ferguson of the future.”

Jim Casey, CEO of Painless Productions, added: “With Refurbishing Ferguson, our mission is to spotlight the mayor’s groundbreaking program in hopes it will motivate other neighborhoods to follow, creating a positive ripple effect across the city.”

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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