CBS begins accepting applications for 'Big Brother 4'
By Reality TV World staff, 03/27/2003
CBS has announced that applications are now being accepted for the fourth installment of the reality series "Big Brother," which will be broadcast during the summer of 2003. The series will again be produced by Oscar and Emmy Award winner Arnold Shapiro and his Emmy Award-winning partner Allison Grodner.
"Big Brother 4" will follow a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. One by one, the houseguests will vote each other out of the house. At the end of three months, the last remaining houseguest will receive the grand prize.
The "Big Brother 4" application and instructions can be found exclusively on the CBS Web site, www.cbs.com. A two-minute videotape demonstrating why the applicant believes he or she will make the ultimate houseguest and two color photographs must accompany the completed forms. The deadline for applications is April 18.
"Allison and I are excited to reprise our role as executive producers of "Big Brother 4", says Shapiro. "We promise more surprises, new twists and turns and the most memorable group of houseguests yet." Adds Grodner, "We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with CBS, and promise "Big Brother 4" will be full of surprises as new House Guests move in and face off to win $500,000."
Arnold Shapiro has produced 15 television series, five television movies and more than 50 primetime reality specials, including "Rescue 911" and "Break the Silence: Kids Against Child Abuse," both on the Network, "Flipped," "Scared Straight!," the "Teen Files" series and the current series "The Family." Among the 150 awards he has received are an Academy Award (for the documentary "Scared Straight!"), 16 Emmys, a Peabody and three Humanitas Prizes.
Allison Grodner has worked in documentary and reality-based programming for the past 15 years, starting as part of the original producing and directing team with Shapiro on "Rescue 911." Her other credits include "Family Business," "Flipped," "Small Town Ecstasy," "Dear Santa," the "Teen Files" series, for which she and Shapiro have won three Emmy Awards, "Real Romance," "A Wedding Story" and "Animal Stories." Currently, she is the executive producer of two reality projects with Arnold Shapiro: "The Family" and "DNA: Guilty or Innocent?," the last of which is being produced for the Network.
"Big Brother 4", which was created by John de Mol, is an Arnold Shapiro and Allison Grodner Production, in association with Endemol U.S.A.