The Lenzworks team has done it again… creating an innovative approach to TV / Web programming.
This time our LW minds teamed up with BYUtv to create a new reality show concept involving
a race that ultimately ends up connecting couples with relatives they never knew they had.
Relative Race (currently airing Season 1 on BYUtv. Byutv.org) starts 4 couples in San Francisco
and follows them as they race across the United States. Each day the couples race to
a new city, then must complete a challenge before meeting a new relative they didn’t know existed.
Then they have to spend the night with them!
Each day the couples are given different “allotted times” and the team that goes OVER their allotted time the most receives a “strike”. If a couple gets three strikes, they get sent home. It’s fun, exciting, dramatic and emotional as the couples try to reach New York City and compete for a grand prize of $25,000!
Lenzworks co-created the show with executives from BYUtv and then teamed up with experts at Ancestry.com to tap in to Ancestry’s new DNA database. The DNA database was used as the blueprint to trace contestants bloodlines across the country and identify relatives in specific cities. The relatives were then contacted and agreed to be on the show.
With a team of 25 hard working professionals, Lenzworks shot the entire season last fall and the show premiered in February. Hosted by Lenzworks Co-Owner and Executive Producer Dan J. Debenham, the show is getting a ton of attention on social media and is gaining a loyal audience.
“Everyone in the industry I have explained the show to has said WOW, that’s a great concept. Is it for sale? And the best part is that we are actually seeing families grow as a result of the show” says Debenham.
Senior Lenzworks Producer Kelsey Blasdell explains that this show is unlike anything the company has
ever undertaken: “It’s been a team effort in every way. We’ve had so many details to get right with 4 traveling
crews going cross country that it has forced us all to work smarter and in a more collaborative way than
we ever have before”
From a technical standpoint the show has been a big challenge. 4 cars with multiple cameras working,12 main cameras and almost 40 TB of raw data collected in the field in just 10 days!
“Daunting is how I would describe it” says Lenzworks Co-Owner and Director of Production Tom C. Zdunich.
“It’s so much prep work to account for anything that can happen at anytime during a 12-14 hour time span.
And there is literally no take 2! We truly do capture this show in REALITY and that makes it extremely challenging technically.”
Stay tuned for more info on Relative Race in the weeks to come…