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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Genealogue Exclusive: Reality TV Series to Pick New NEHGS Head

A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]
Since the resignation last month of Ralph J. Crandall as Executive Director of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Society has actively sought his replacement. On Friday, the Society announced a new strategy for attracting candidates and choosing a leader.

In partnership with FOX Broadcasting Company, NEHGS will mount a nationwide talent search for suitable applicants, culminating in a seven-week reality series in which contestants will vie for the title "Executive Director." The series, tentatively titled So You Want to Run a Not-For-Profit Organization, will feature ten aspiring executives competing in grueling physical contests, ingesting unusual food-like items, and answering questions about section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

"This is what people want," said producer Mike Barnett. "They're sick of CEOs being chosen after a fair and rigorous screening process. They want to be involved in the decision themselves. Or at least to watch the losers get booted."

Viewers will be able to vote contestants off the show each week by dialing a toll-free number. The final two candidates will face off in what the producer predicts will be "must-see TV."

"I can't tell you much about the finale," Barnett advised. "All I can say is it involves a copy of The Great Migration Begins, a helicopter, and a live pig."

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