Pecker's American Media May Not Get Its Close-Up
So many issues confront the production of the proposed reality show about American Media that it may never get off the ground, let alone pitched to a network or TV syndicator. The program--tentatively titled OnePark, for the address of AMI's Manhattan offices--has company CEO David Pecker worried. "A major sticking point," writes Jeff Bercovici at WWD.com, "is ... Pecker's concern that the presence of candid cameras could further mar the company's already battered image.He is particularly concerned, say sources, that employees will be shown disparaging the company or engaging in suspect journalistic practices. To prevent that, Pecker is insisting on having final review of footage, and urging producers to shift their focus from the tabloids, particularly the Enquirer, to the monthlies, and from the employees' workdays to their personal lives." Of course if the program's producers are forced to make these adjustments, there won't be much life in the project, and it'll be DOA for sure. It's not as if America is clamoring for more TV about journalists doing their jobs.