We recently chatted with Spencer Stander, an executive producer working in reality television, about his interest in casting for a show in Bend. Here's what we learned.
1. He's been to Bend before. About seven years ago, he shot a pilot for a show about a brewer that opened up a restaurant, called "Brewmasters." Unfortunately, he says, "Alcohol wasn't a thing on TV back then, it was ahead of its time."
2. Most of his previous work has been with lifestyle networks, like HGTV. Stander says, "I'm always on the lookout for real estate professionals, home builders, construction, multi-generational home building and renovation. That's my priority."
3. He's ambitious. Though real estate shows are his sweet spot, he dreams of putting together a reality show in the vein of "Northern Exposure," "The Office," or "Parks and Rec," full of quirky local characters. "My dream is to find that really creative reality show that documents what you guys are up to," Stander says. "People hear 'reality' and they think 'The Jersey Shore.' I want to discover something really unique that pushes the boundary of what you can do with reality TV."
4. Ultimately, he's not casting for any particular show. This casting call is more like a fact-finding mission. What direction he takes will be influenced by who submits applications. More than 50 have been received so far, and he anticipates about 200 by the time the deadline closes on April 1.
5. He picked our brains a little. Stander was full of questions about what it is we do at the Source, how old our staff is (gotta hit that ideal TV demographic) and hinted that he'd be interested in checking us out if we wanted to submit an application. We declined.
Do you want to apply? The app is still up at highconcepttelevision.com. Enter at your own risk.