Chris Cowan and
Rocket Science Laboratories
Claim to Fame: Producers of "Temptation Island"
Creators of what promises to be the most controversial reality TV show since "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" On "Temptation Island," which debuts January 2001 on Fox, couples in rocky relationships are sent to two separate resorts in Belize, men at one and women at the other. There, they're confronted by gorgeous specimens of the opposite sex trying to tempt them into affairs After two weeks, they decide whether they still want to be with their partner
Also producing another highly charged series, "Shot Gun Wedding," debuting in November on Fox Boyfriends are confronted on a TV stage and must either propose marriage to their girlfriends in front of an audience in Las Vegas or be dumped
Rocket Science Laboratories has positioned itself as a premier documentarian for an elite group of Hollywood filmmakers Collaborated with James Cameron on one-hour Fox special "Titanic: Breaking New Ground" and with Steven Spielberg on one-hour NBC special "The Making of Jurassic Park" Also produced reality-based documentaries like Fox's "Jon Benet Ramsey Story"
Cowan graduated from Ohio University with bachelor's degree in theater arts and drama and master's degree in film Michenaud is a native of France and graduated from UCLA with degrees in film, history and philosophy
Regarding the success of "Survivor," Cowan says, "All professional jealousy aside, I love it."
Executive Vice President, Specials and
Fox Broadcasting Co.
Claim to Fame: Created
"Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire"
Joined Fox in 1994, at a time when the network was doing 12 to 15 specials a year Now it does around 80 Produced Fox's early forays into reality TV with fare such as "World's Scariest Police Chases," "Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction," and "Battle of the Child Geniuses" Early hit with "When Animals Attack," a sort of "Wild Kingdom" meets "Cops."
Came up with "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire" in August 1999 while at wedding of wife's cousin "bored out of my mind," and saw potential of combining ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" hit with a fairy-tale wedding While somewhat chastened over the "Multi-Millionaire" controversy, points out that ratings for February show were very high
Has green-lit at least six new reality shows for upcoming season on Fox, including "Boot Camp," where contestants spend 28 days in remote locale living in barracks, competing for prizes (and voting each other out) while drill instructors "Lou Gossett them" Also planning to debut "Temptation Island," where four or five couples travel to a romantic resort and spend two weeks dating attractive, single men and women while cameras rolls 24/7 to determine whether any of the couples stay faithful
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