Thursday, June 02, 2005

News In Brief 2 June 2005

Burnett To Sign Deep Throat For New Reality Series
Felt To Host Show On Real-Life Whistle-Blowers

Reality Show king Mark Burnett is planning on signing W. Mark Felt, otherwise now known as "Deep Throat", to host a new Reality TV series on whistle-blowers.

Felt, who announced in the July issue of Vanity Fair magazine that it was he who was the anonymous source for Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, during their investigation of the Nixon Watergate scandal. The secret of who was "Deep Throat" was kept for over 31-years.

Burnett, through a company spokesperson, said he was "thrilled" to be able to get the real life "Deep Throat" for the Whistle-Blowers program, which will feature persons, in real jobs, exposing corruption and practices endangering the public safety.

"Think of it as", stated the spokesperson, "as a combination of 'Cops' and 'The Insider'. We'll have teams, with point values tied to the clues, as well as a panel of judges to score the creativity aspects and the determination of the contestants".

The show will air in the spring of 2006, however, Burnett will tape the 91-year-old Felt's appearances over the next few month.

No comment was offered as the what Felt's contract will pay and Burnett indicated that Bob Woodward will not make any money on this new project, even though it involves the words "Deep Throat".

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