Bennett Graebner Gives A Behind The Scenes Look Into Reality TV

Bennett Graebner is a television producer who specializes in reality TV shows. He is an executive producer of The Bachelor and its spin-offs. He also executive produced Love at First Kiss. Bennett´s shows are a TV phenomenon and have won many awards including at the Teen Choice Awards and the ASCAP Film and Television. His shows are very popular with 18 to 34 year olds which is the most coveted demographic for advertisers.

He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He attended Vassar College where he majored in English. He earned an MFA in film production at the University of Southern California. Bennett Graebner now lives in Los Angeles along with his wife, Vanessa Aberman, and their two children. He started out as a production intern in 1995. Bennett Graebner became a cinematographer in 1996 on the show White Lipstick (Imdb). 

In 1997, he became a second unit director on Vice Girls. In that year he also started working in the camera and electrical departments on shows such as Murder in Mind and Cousin Skeeter. It was in 2008 that he became an executive producer on The Bachelor. He has also executive produced The Bachelorette, The Bachelor Winter Games, The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love, and The Bachelorette: Ashley and JP’s Wedding.

Graebner says that reality TV is quite similar to scripted programming. Both mediums need to tell a story to viewers with a beginning, middle, and end. They also both have characters that have conflict, romance, and drama happening in their lives. What’s different about reality TV, he says, is that he works with people who are real. As such Bennett Graebner doesn’t have a script to go by and isn’t able to tell the participants what to do. 

He knows that some people are skeptical about the dating shows and don’t think they’re real. Bennett Graebner says that the truth is he can’t make two people fall in love and if that doesn’t happen the show won’t work. He thinks that being a part of two people falling in love is the best thing about his job and something he feels great about.

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