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Reality TV production deal prices escalate amid consolidation wave
Reality TV production deal prices escalate amid consolidation wave

Reality TV producers couldn't have scripted this any better. Over the last 18 months, there has been a tremendous wave of consolidation among production companies that specialize in reality shows such as "Duck Dynasty," "Top Chef" and "Party Down South." More than half a dozen deals have been completed this year. Much of Hollywood is already consolidated. Most sitcoms and dramas are made by the big Hollywood studios and TV networks. But the reality sector is populated by dozens of independent production companies. Reality TV is typically a lot cheaper to make than a scripted show, can be enormously profitable and travels well abroad, characteristics...

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