Finalists Announced, Voting Begins for Anticipated Reality Show

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154 actors, screenwriters, composers, and directors are calling on public support to land a spot on the anticipated multi-platform reality show, The Reel Deal, aided by an innovative online voting platform.

Custom Squerb for The Reel Deal

Custom Squerb for The Reel Deal

This is an incredible opportunity for up-and-comers to showcase their talent, and for established entertainers to break into new areas and genres.

Finalists were announced on Wednesday, and voting commences today, to determine which entertainment hopefuls will appear on the long-awaited new media show, The Reel Deal, where yet undiscovered stars pair up with celebrity mentors in a competition to create the best short film in just one week. What’s more is the public determines which contestants progress using what is being touted “contextualized voting,” developed by a bleeding-edge social media company,

Squerb’s platform allows audiences to engage with and vote on content, contestants and celebrities in a fun and unique way using a revolutionary display to enable user-generated feedback for each facet of the show – from writing, to cinematography, to acting, to score. Users can easily share opinions on social media and explore the opinions of others on a visual axis.

For this round, the contestants are calling on you, the crowd, to watch their videos and ’Squerb’ them for that category, voting for your three top favorites in each (actor, director, and writer). This matchless multi-faceted grading system will help determine which contestants will join the celebrity led teams. Season 1 celebrities include [in alphabetical order]: Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Dustin Diamond, Eric Roberts, Holly Fields, Judy Norton, Tim Russ, and host David Chokachi.

Contenders have already undergone a thorough screening process that has been almost completely restricted to social media, in line with the show’s forward-thinking, multi-platform style. Hopefuls were asked to submit personality videos on YouTube, to start. Of more than 27,000 entries, 154 contestants were selected to progress to the semi-finals which consisted of call-backs showcased on YouTube and Google +. Nearly all of the 154 contestants progressed, but must be dwindled down to around 42.

“This is an incredible opportunity for up-and-comers to showcase their talent, and for established entertainers to break into new areas and genres,” says Adryenn Ashley, Executive Producer of The Reel Deal. “I can’t wait to see how all the chaos and the collaboration of these uniquely talented individuals unfolds into art.”

Public voting begins at 12 pm PDT on April 24th and will remain open until May 15th. Audiences are instructed to go to to vote for favorite hopefuls, and they may view current semi-finalists at

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