truTV Announces Star-Studded Slate of Guest Judges For New Series "Motor City Masters"
Guest Judges Include Actress Melissa Joan Hart, Actor Jesse Metcalfe, Fall Out Boy Bassist Pete Wentz, Baseball Great David Justice and NASCAR Driver Robby Gordon, Among Others
Competition Show from Bunim/Murray Productions (Project Runway)
Being Produced in Collaboration with Chevrolet
truTV has unveiled the slate of guest judges and competition themes for the first season of Motor City Masters, the search for America's next great car designer. Produced in collaboration with Chevrolet, the new competition series is set to feature such celebrity guest judges as actress and producer Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey, Clarissa Explains It All), actor Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas, Desperate Housewives), Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, baseball great David Justice and former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon. Also serving as guest judges will be celebrity dog trainer and bestselling author Tamar Geller, vice president of design, Mattel Hot Wheels Division, Felix Holst, model and surfer Malia Jones, this summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction's Master Mechanic and Fabricator, Specialty Cars Trevor Mann and GM vice president of global design Edward T. Welburn Jr.
Hosted by Brooke Burns (The Chase, You Deserve It) and premiering Tuesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Motor City Masters will bring together 10 experienced designers, with various specialties and backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for car design. Challenges on Motor City Masters will explore various aspects of design, inside and out. In each episode, the contestants will have the ambitious task of creating new, fully functional (though not street legal) concept cars based on a theme that will showcase the each competitor's unique personality. The designs will be judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, and internationally renowned car designer Harald Belker.
Each week will be centered on a different theme, such as car character designs, which will tie in to the release of the new Michael Bay movie Transformers: Age of Extinction; body shape design, which will have the designers turning a Chevy SS into a NASCAR racing machine; and custom car designs, which will involve a Hot Wheels tie-in. Themes will also focus on different areas of car design, including technology, interior, body trim and functionality. The series will even touch on the automotive needs of busy parents and small business owners.
Competitors will be judged on their creativity, execution and forward-thinking design, among other criteria. The field will narrow with each elimination challenge until only the top two designers remain. These two competitors will then face off in front of Chevrolet's world-class car design experts, after which only one designer will be crowned "The Next Great Car Designer." The winner of Motor City Masters will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro Z28 and $100,000 cash. The winner will also be named a Brand Ambassador for GM, with the opportunity to showcase his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions.
truTV has ordered 10 episodes of the Motor City Masters, which is being produced for the network by Bunim/Murray Productions (Project Runway, Total Divas) and The Story Lab, a division of Aegis Media. Executive producers for Motor City Masters include Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Rick de Oliveira and Scott Freeman from Bunim/Murray Productions, as well as Lisa Eisenpresser from The Story Lab. Kirk Durham from Bunim/Murray Productions serves as co-executive producer.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality.
Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy(R)-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (29 seasons for MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (FOX), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim/Murray's programming includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons and Total Divas (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Under the Gunn (Lifetime), Motor City Masters (truTV), The Ruckers: Southern Royals (WE tv) and Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen). Bunim/Murray Productions has also produced films, including Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science's Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.
truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. It delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, Hardcore Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing, Killer Karaoke, South Beach Tow and The Safecrackers, as well as the upcoming series The Carbonaro Effect, Motor City Masters, Friends of the People, Way Out West, How to Be a Grown-Up, Fake-Off, Hair Jacked, Jokers Wild! and Local News (working title). In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
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