New Television Show, ChiKii™ Sets Out to Connect, Empower and Celebrate Women

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New Television Show, ChiKiiÂ? to connect, empower and celebrate women. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona and scheduled to be on the Dish Network. Hybrid reality/talk format takes viewers inside women's thoughts and conversations. First call for audience members and ChiKii participants will be held Friday, October 7th, 12 pm Â? 8 pm at Illuma Studios, 16601 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Illuma Studios announced that it is developing a new television series, ChiKii™ scheduled to be shown on the Dish Network this winter. The talk show sets out to serve women's innate desire to connect to other women. The television show is unique in that the studio and viewing audiences will actively participate in the show.

“Women want to know that they are not alone in their experiences, thoughts and feelings. It is the reason why so many talk shows and serial dramas like Desperate Housewives are successful. Like so many women, I grew up believing that in order to succeed you had to play the game using men's rules. It was only after I became a mother and ran a substantial business, that I discovered the real strength and energy of being a woman. Women have an extraordinary ability to create and make things happen. This show will celebrate women and help those that have not yet discovered their strength. On the set of ChiKii™, the audience members are an intricate part of the show. It's not just a ticketed event that you watch. Imagine the sense of connection, the energy, the fun and the education, women get during a wonderful “ladies night out.” That is what you will feel and see on ChiKii™,” says creator Shay Pausa.

The word ChiKii comes from an Apache word meaning, girl. Pausa and the producers were looking for a unique, meaningful, playful and strong word. “As we tape here in the Southwest, we are honored to be using a Native American word. This project is more than a television show. It extends to an online community experience, local ChiKii™ Circles that will meet monthly and national events that will connect women across America. The intention is for women to recognize and celebrate their strength,” remarked Executive Producer Gay Gilbert.    

The show will be taped in Scottsdale based Illuma Studios and will travel to a number of cities in 2006. Starting October 7th, ChiKii casting directors will embark on a multi-city casting tour starting in Scottsdale, Arizona. "If you've ever wanted to be part of something that is fun and extremely rewarding, this is your opportunity," states Pausa.    

According to producer Matt Gould, “The show is looking for women of all types. Mommies, working women, single, married, divorced, artistic, analytical, and creative: we want a variety. We encourage women to bring their best friend, sisters and mothers. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age and willing to participate in interesting conversations and games on camera.”

The first call for audience members and ChiKii participants will be held on Friday, October 7th, 12 pm – 8 pm at Illuma Studios, 16601 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona. The call is being sponsored by neighboring Physician Skin Institute. Every woman will receive a gift for attending.

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