How to Recreate a Reality Show for a Group

By Erin Letson December 22, 2008, 7:00 AM EST

The Top Chef-inspired teambuilding event

Photo: Courtesy of Smartt Entertainment Inc.

Reality television hasn't fizzled out yet, and many competition-based shows have maintained—and expanded on—a dedicated following. San Diego-based Smartt Entertainment Inc. recently introduced two packages that draw from the success of these shows, and they're available worldwide.

The “Dancing Under the Stars” package can bring in judges, professional dancers, celebrities, and contestants from So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars to perform in a variety of styles, from waltz to hip hop. Smartt Entertainment can customize the program's length and choose the performers to fit big and small budgets. They'll also bring in world-champion dancers to complement TV contestants. Rates vary and generally start around $10,000. Programs could be presented purely as entertainment or become a bit more interactive by involving key executives in the dances, for example.

The second program, “Top Chefs to Order,” books personalities who competed on Bravo's Top Chef for a variety of teambuilding activities such as cooking classes or demonstrations where guests take turns as sous chefs. Smartt can adapt the program to a company's needs, source Top Chef contestants such as Brian Malarkey or Dale Levitski from season three, and arrange the staffing, setup, and venue (usually a local cooking school). Prices vary depending on location; rates for the package start around $350 a head, and the price includes dinner, wine, staffing, a chef or chefs, venue, and transportation.

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