SOURCE: Hydra Executives

December 13, 2007 06:00 ET

Striking Writers Puts Reality TV Shows Like "Hydra Executives" to the Test

Casting for the International English Language Reality TV Show Is Set for This Saturday, Dec. 15th, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA and Brings Three Countries and 16 Entrepreneurs Together

BEVERLY HILLS, CA and ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - As Writers Guild of America members continue their devastating strike, more networks are scrambling for alternative content without script material such as reality television shows. One of the most talked about reality TV shows featured this week (Dec. 10, 2007) in BusinessWeek is "Hydra Executives." It is the newest twist on Arab reality TV, a program filmed in the United Arab Emirates is to be broadcast entirely in English with a featured cast of eight Americans and eight Brits.

Show sponsor Hydra Properties, LLC has scheduled casting for "Hydra Executives" beginning at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at the Beverly Hilton hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. Beverly Pomerantz, casting director has a long list of credits and was featured on KABC-TV Eyewitness news during the launch. Some of her highly rated casting projects include: "Don't Forget The Lyrics," "All Star Blitz," "Price Is Right," Wild Animal Games" and "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?"

The show begins filming next month with eight Americans and eight Brits vying for the ultimate chance to start their real estate business with a $1 million prize. The boardroom-style "Apprentice"-like program is now being marketed for worldwide distribution in March. It is being produced in association with Showtime Arabia, which is partly owned by Viacom, and Dubai's Infinity TV.

"There is nothing better than doing business with other countries, because it eliminates all the other conflicts," said Executive Producer Ziad Batal, of the new reality TV show "Hydra Executives." "Why Abu Dhabi? There are more millionaires per capita in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) than any other country in the world. And it is creating more, because the opportunities are there. It is immigration lotto; it is the land of opportunity. It is an incredible environment, secure, very friendly and entrepreneurial country."

The reality TV series was created by CEO Sulaiman Al-Fahim, Hydra Properties LLC, a leading Abu Dhabi-based international real estate company and the key backer of the show. For the full story visit:

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