Los Angeles, CA, December 23, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Executive Producer Drew S. Levin announced today his company Initiative Productions’ new reality slate which has already garnered strong network interest, including a pilot commitment for the company’s groundbreaking reality show Pros and Cons.
Drew S. Levin has a solid track record both in the reality and hidden camera genres, with Executive Producer credits including Totally Hidden Video and Hollywood Stuntmakers.
Pros and Cons revolves around the world and friends of one of America’s top con men, Anthony “Chef Anton” Riniti. Anton literally wrote the book on separating marks from their money and also happens to be a two-time national trick shot pool champion and respected hustler. Joining him in pulling off all manner of cons is his mentor, Frank “The Barber” Almanza who can always give a sucker a good haircut. Running all the classic street cons using world-class sleight of hand skills is six-time Magic Castle magician of the year Whit Haydn.
Rounding out the team is the winsome Kharlie Carlton, who combines blonde beauty with girl-next-door likability that gives her a very special skill set in the scamming world – the ability to charm just about anyone into doing just about anything.
Since 1996, Whit and Anton have taught the School for Scoundrels, a four-week course conducted once a year at the Magic Castle in Hollywood to teach magicians, gambling experts and law enforcement officers the history, psychology and methods of street scams such as Three-Card Monte, Fast and Loose, and the Shell Game.
Every episode features two actual classic scams brought to the screen with hidden camera and covert reality production techniques. But don’t worry, at the end of each scam the mark gets his money back, and shares a good laugh with the team while benefiting from a well-learned lesson.
In the third and final segment the team turns from scammers into scam busters. They start by playing the mark and letting themselves get sucked into somebody else’s con game. As the scam unfolds, every detail and nuance is revealed in voiceover commentary and close-up insert shots.