Magazine article Variety

Reality Gambles on Vegas

Magazine article Variety

Reality Gambles on Vegas

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It seems like Las Vegas has suddenly become a mecca for reality shows, but it's been hosting productions for over a decade - there's just more now than ever.

"The success of shows like 'Pawn Stars,' 'Counting Cars' and 'American Restoration' has definitely put us higher on the list of reality show locations," says Eric Preiss, director of the Nevada Film Office. "But we've had a lot of reality, back to 'The Real World' (season 12) on MTV."

That was in 2002. "The Real World" returned to Las Vegas in 2011 for season 25. Between those seasons, the production of unscripted series in Sin City has increased exponentially.

Sunny skies, easy permitting and proximity to Los Angeles are big draws, but business-friendly regulations have also spurred production. Preiss says about 90 reality shows filmed episodes or entire seasons in Las Vegas in 2012. The number shot to 150 in 2013. "I think this year we'll see an even bigger increase," he says.

"Vegas is a very exciting town filled with all kinds of characters; that's what TV these days thrives on, so it makes sense that Las Vegas is a hot spot," says David George, exec VP, Leftfield Pictures, which films three shows in Las Vegas: "Pawn Stars. …

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