Friday, August 25, 2006

Maui to be Showcased on MTV "Island Fever"

Surf's up for MTV skeins
Reality duo set on islands
by Denise Martin

MTV has greenlit a pair of unscripted series set on the island of Maui.
Cabler has ordered eight half-hour episodes each of the docudramas "Island Fever" and "Living Lahaina" for premiere in first quarter 2007.

In the vein of "The Real World" and "Laguna Beach"-style reality, "Island Fever" will track the lives and loves of a group of friends in Hawaii, while "Living Lahaina" will follow surf instructors who work at the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy.

"We're excited to explore the beautiful island of Maui to see what stories develop," MTV entertainment and programming exec VP Lois Curren said. "As always, our goal is to continue to bring our audience an entertaining inside look at the lives of young people told through our distinctive storytelling style."

"We trust that both productions will take this opportunity to document the Maui that most visitors will never experience," Maui Film Commission's Benita Brazier said. "To most people, Maui is merely sand and surf. Maui and the Hawaiian culture are much richer and deeper."

Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley and Mike Powers exec produce "Island." Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Morgan J. Freeman and Russell Heldt exec produce for Asylum Entertainment.

Jesse Ignjatovic will exec produce "Living Lahaina."
date in print: Variety, 8/25/2006, Los Angeles

Good Luck Morgan J. Freeman and Steve Michaels and Mahalo!


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