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Posted on Fri, May 24, 2013 : 12:14 p.m.

Chris and Mike Farah to film cable reality show pilot in Plymouth

By Jenn McKee

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Chris and Mike Farah, on the set of the feature film "Answer This!"

Ann Arbor native brothers (and filmmakers) Chris and Mike Farah will be shooting a new project in the area - this time, a (not yet named) cable reality show pilot in Plymouth - and the Michigan Film Office has approved it for the state's film incentives.

The Farah brothers most recently aired a pilot on The Big Ten Network, called "The Big 10 Celebrity Homecoming," which featured U-M grad David Alan Grier returning for a campus visit (during which he spent time with U-M's men's basketball team); and before that, the brothers shot the feature film "Answer This!" (with producer Anna Wenger, who's also working with them on the new pilot) in Ann Arbor.

More detail about the Farah brothers' newest venture can be found in a press release from the Michigan Film Office.

The television pilot project is a reality show following a Michigan gym owner and his staff as they work to train professional athletes and the middle-aged dads that work alongside them. Shooting in Plymouth, the project is being directed by Michigan native Chris Farah with Mike Farah and Anna Wenger producing.

… The pilot was awarded an incentive of $78,153 on $259,922 of projected in-state expenditures and expected to hire 35 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 2 jobs.

… In Fiscal Year 2013, 19 projects have been awarded a total of $33,078,203 on $127,566,757 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 1,376 Michigan hires with a full time equivalent of 599 jobs.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Film Review Committee, comprised of senior MEDC staff including the Michigan Film Commissioner, reviews all completed applications using the statute to guide approval decisions.

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for AnnArbor.com. Reach her at jennmckee@annarbor.com or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.

Comments

Andrew Williams

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 : 5:31 p.m.

Hi Chris, what would I have to do to be a part of the production?

Chris F.

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 10:05 p.m.

We totally get the skepticism, Arborigine -- we're not big "reality" types ourselves. But trust us, this one will actually be very, very worth it. Promise!

Andrew Williams

Thu, Jun 6, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

Hi Chris, not sure if my last post went through. I was wondering what I would have to do to get a job being a part of the production team for this project? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

An Arborigine

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 5:24 p.m.

How creative, more "reality" TV. Good luck to the local guys and positive economic impact for the area, but the show sounds like a must miss to me.