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Not shying away from certain reality subgenres helps. Schotz's exec-producing credits include CBS' "Kids Say the Darndest Things," NBC's "Race to the Altar" and "The Little Couple" for TLC.

"It's a lot more difficult than it appears to be," Schotz says of reality programming. "I think that what the genre is guilty of is repetitiveness. No one wants to take the risks anymore. We (at LMNO) look for new and fresh formats in multiple territories to see what's being pushed outside the envelope."

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Schotz values savvy risk-taking

LMNO honcho heads up reality subgenres

By Addie Morfoot

Leave My Name Off Prods. is celebrating its 20th anniversary. With more than 700 shows and 60 different series to its credit, reality programmers have LMNO president and CEO Eric Schotz to thank.

"I would say we were an instrumental part of the (nonfiction TV) boom because we were ahead of the reality trend," Schotz says. "While many companies have come and gone, we have endured by moving as well as staying ahead of the market and continually coming up with new ways to do it.