Television network seeking antique gems

Television networks are putting the word out for collectors willing to be featured in reality-based series for networks or syndication.

Producers for the ABC network’s Wife Swap is casting for its fifth season and seeking families who are collectors. The premise of Wife Swap follows two wives from two different families with very different values who agree to exchange husbands, children and lives. The program is billed as an “interesting social experiment” and is shot as a documentary series with no scripts and no sets.

Families that appear on the show will receive a financial honorarium and ABC is offering a $1,000 “finder’s fee” to people who refer families who appear on the show. The only requirement is that each family is a two-parent home with at least one child between the ages of 7 and 17 living at home. More information is available by contacting casting producer Gabby Wilson at Gaby.wifeswap@gmail.com.

Staff from the Cineflix Company, a Montreal, Canada production firm, is searching for barns across America loaded with antique goods. Cineflix has produced shows for the National Geographic Channel and Home & Garden Television (HGTV).

The angle behind this project is to seek out stories to “showcase the goods piling up around you. We want to hear your stories about classic cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, vintage memorabilia, early furniture, old signs, pinball machines, military items and everything in between,” according to a press release.

More information about the television program is available at americanpickers@cineflix.com or 416-531-2500 ext. 163.

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