Christopher Ventura, Peter LaSala, IT’S OK, I’M AN ACTOR online TV producers: Mr. Media Radio Interview

By BOB ANDELMAN

There was a lot of chatter during the 2009 Emmy Awards broadcast about the future of the broadcast television networks. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox are under assault by cable TV and… a guy named Joe.

That’s right, Joe.

Joe is the star of an Internet reality TV series called, “It’s OK! I’m an Actor.” You can watch it yourself at ItsOK.TV.

Originally from Ellsworth, Kansas, Joe moved to Brooklyn to pursue an acting career. While he looks for his big break, Joe is the subject of an online reality series in which a camera crew documents his life, 24/7.

It’s not always pretty. Like the episode in which we discovered that Joe had crabs. Or when he cheated on his ex-girlfriend with a stripper—although the jury is still out on whether it’s cheating if it’s your ex-girlfriend.

Christopher Ventura, a 2009 graduate of the film program at Syracuse University, is the man behind Ventura Creative, which produces “It’s OK! I’m an Actor.”

Also joining us is Ventura’s co-producer, Peter LaSala. He’s created several film and video shorts in both narrative and documentary genres.

If you’re a fan of such shows as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, you may feel right at home watching “It’s OK!” And you may agree that the Television Academy should keep looking over its shoulder.

Hear it now!CHRISTOPHER VENTURA AUDIO EXCERPT: “We have to look up all these products we do to be sure we’re not encroaching on any trademarks. When we were looking up ManPooh, we found somebody had registered it. But we figured it’s just promotion for them.” 

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Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 15 books, including The Wawa Way with Howard Stoeckel, Building Atlanta with Herman J. Russell, Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman's Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).